Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2021, Vol. 34, No. 1

MPN Transfer Care—Who Is in Control and What Does That Mean?

Zachary M. Kweller, Esq.

Oakland, California

An employer’s right to medical provider network (MPN) control has been strengthened over time with the passage of SB 899 and again with SB 863. This article lays out a brief history of the right to medical control leading up to SB 863 and discusses post-SB 863 issues surrounding the MPN transfer of care, as well as some of the exceptions to the MPN transfer of care provisions. (The article does not address the ways to escape the MPN outside of CCR section 9767.9(e) and Labor Code section 4603.2(a)(2).)

What Is an MPN?

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