The Third Department, reversing the Workers’ Compensation Board, determined claimant, who was injured in New York but resided in New Jersey, was not required to seek treatment from a New Jersey doctor who was authorized to provide treatment by the Board, even where, as here, the New Jersey doctor is also licensed in New York:
“Generally, a workers’ compensation claimant who is injured in New York is entitled to treatment by a physician of his or her choice so long as the physician is licensed to practice in New York and has been authorized by the Board to provide care and treatment to claimants” … . Nevertheless, under our established precedent, “claimants who were injured in New York but [reside in] other states are entitled to receive treatment from qualified physicians in their [home] state” … , as the statutory authorization requirements “could not have been intended to prohibit the retention of a physician in another State in appropriate circumstances” … . We find no basis to deviate from our precedent here, where claimant received medical treatment in his home state of New Jersey from a New Jersey licensed physician.
… 12 NYCRR 323.1 provides … that a New York licensed physician is permitted to seek authorization from the Board to provide medical services under the Workers’ Compensation Law and, being so permitted, “must obtain such authorization prior to treating injured workers under the Workers’ Compensation Law” … . We do not, however, read this provision to require a physician who provides medical services in another state and under a license obtained in that state to nevertheless seek authorization from the Board prior to treating a claimant merely because he or she also happens to be licensed in New York. Matter of Gomez v Board of Mgrs. of Cipriani, 2023 NY Slip Op 00900, Third Dept 2-26-23
Practice Point. A worker who resides in New Jersey and was injured in New York can seek treatment from a New Jersey doctor who is not authorized by the Worker’s Compensation Board, even if the New Jersey doctor is also licensed in New York.