Treating Physician Right to Depose UR Doctor (California)

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Treating Physician Right to Depose UR Doctor (California)

Postby fara on Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:38 am

I have a question regarding a treating physician's right to depose the UR doctor. The treating physician in question made a determination of medical necessity based on ACOEM guidelines. However, the UR doctor refused to provide authorization to proceed with the medical treatment.

Does the treating physician have a right to depose the UR doctor, claims adjustor, clinitian, and any other parties involved in the decision making process? If so, what is the statutory authority allowing for the treating physician's right to depose? Alternatively, if the treating physician does NOT have a right to depose the UR doctor, does the request for deposition have to be made through the applicant attorney?

Finally, if the treating physician does have a right to depose the UR doctor and other parties involved in the decision-making process, what forms and/or procedures are necessary in order to depose the aforementioned parties?

Any and all suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks for all the help.
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