Frances Smith v. Palm Beach County School Board and Sedgwick CMS

In Frances Smith v. Palm Beach County School Board/Sedgwick CMS the Claimant requested a one-time change in physician which was granted. The one time change physician was paid $800 by EC. Claimant did not attend appointment because there was no videographer. A no show fee was not charged. Based on the 2016 Workers’ Compensation fee schedule the cost would have been $240. Claimant argues that she should be able to change EC’s one time change physician due to the physician charging in excess of the fee schedule with no support for the charge. JCC found that EC’s one time change physician is not authorized due to the charge in excess of the fee schedule without a contract. Claim for authorization of a one-time change in physician for Claimant GRANTED.

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