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House passes bill expanding federal employees’ access to treatment under workers’ comp program

Washington — The House has passed legislation that would expand the types of medical professionals who can treat injured employees under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Program.

The Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (H.R. 6087), was introduced by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) on Nov. 30. If it becomes law, the bill would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants “acting within the scope of their practice” to:

  • Prescribe or recommend treatment for injured workers.

  • Certify the nature of an injury and the “probable extent” of a disability.

  • Provide prescribed treatment to an injured worker.

  • Participate, with a Department of Labor-designated physician, in a mandatory workers’ comp examination of an injured worker.

Article by Safety and Health Magazine


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