On Thursday, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill aimed at increasing the transparency of medical providers 'communications with injured workers in the state workers' compensation system.
S.B. 3375 states that any employer, insurer or third party administrator who employs, contacts, designates or handles medical treatment must provide the time, date and content of any communication with treating physicians to patients or their legal representatives as soon as practicable.
The bill prevents medical providers from withholding all communications from an employer or its insurer or third-party administrator to a treating physician without documented therapeutic medical reason to withhold it. party administrators from approving all medical care without first saying to a verdict from a judge about compensation.
It also amends existing law to prescribe compensation for expert witnesses in work compensation hearings and to allow such hearings to take place via telephone or video conferencing.
The bill was sent to the Senate Working Committee and would take effect immediately after passage.