Why do I have to follow-up with my doctor every two weeks, while receiving compensation benefits?

A worker follows up with their doctor every two weeks to monitor their recovery. This is to ensure that a worker is receiving the appropriate treatment. It allows the adjudicator and/or case manager to make referrals to other health care providers in a timely manner. 

Health care providers must complete a functional abilities (second page of First Medical Report) form each time a worker checks in.  The completion of the functional abilities form allows the case manager or adjudicator to continue to communicate with the employer to determine if a worker is ready to return to modified duties or return to their regular duties. The functional abilities form is necessary for the employer to identify suitable and safe modified duties.