If you are a physician or a chiropractor, learn more about what your responsibilities are when completing an enabling certificate for a Medical Review Panel.
An injured worker or a deceased worker’s dependant applying for a Medical Review Panel examination may ask for your help.
The Medical Review Panel is the final step in our appeal process. Once a panel is convened, the panel may ask you to make any representation to the panel they consider advisable.
The request for a Medical Review Panel must be related to a valid medical question regarding the greater debilitating effects of the area of a work-related injury than has been accepted by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The medical question you have must have arisen from the position taken by the Board Appeal Tribunal in their decision. After reviewing the Board Appeal Tribunal’s decision with your patient, a Medical Review Panel application can be submitted for one or more of the following reasons:
You are responsible for completing the Enabling Certificate for Medical Review Panel examination. The certificate must include the following information:
Once we receive your patient’s application and your completed enabling certificate, the Board Appeal Tribunal will determine whether there is sufficient information in the enabling certificate for a Medical Review Panel to be arranged. The Board Appeal Tribunal’s decision as to whether a Medical Review Panel can proceed will be communicated to your patient in writing along with reasons for the decision. If the Medical Review Panel can proceed, board services will then send your patient a list of appropriate physicians who may sit on the panel. Your patient can then choose physicians for their panel examination.
Please note that if you complete the enabling certificate, you may not sit as a member of your patient’s Medical Review Panel.
Once your patient gives us their choice of physicians to sit on the panel, those physicians are contacted and if they agree to sit, the chairperson sets a date, time and location for the panel examination. We then provide the members of the Medical Review Panel with all relevant medical documents from your patient’s claim file.
The panel can order any tests they feel necessary to reach a decision.
The Medical Review Panel, after the examination, will provide a decision to the Board Appeal Tribunal stating:
When they provide us with their decision, board services will inform your patient of the decision within 10 days of receiving the decision. The Medical Review Panel’s decision is binding on your patient and on us.
If the application and the certificate do not qualify, you may submit another certificate on behalf of your patient. You can ask our chief medical officer (CMO) or board services’ staff to review your certificate and explain how our decision was reached and what information would be helpful to include in your patient’s application. You can reach our CMO at 306.787.4370.
Should there be a fee for completion of the enabling certificate, an invoice can be submitted to board services for payment. Please refer to this link for fee codes and rates: Health-care disciplines information.
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