If a Wasington State doctor wants to get paid for treating you for your L&I injury, he must be a member of the L&I medical provider network.
The network is a list of Washington State doctors and other health-care providers that L&I has approved to care for injured workers. The network providers meet standards set up by L&I.
If your regular doctor or health care provider is not a member of the L&I network, you must find a new doctor or convince your doctor to join the network.
If you are unsure if your doctor is in the network you can check their status at www.findadoc.lni.wa.gov.
You must use a network provider whenever you need care from any of these specialities.
Other types of providers, (not listed above) do not need to join the network at this time. Providers that do NOT need to join include, physical therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists; pharmacies; and hospitals; out of state providers and others.
If your doctor is not in the network, L&I will not pay him or her for treating you the injured worker. The network needs good doctors. Try to get your doctor to join.
There are not enough doctors taking L&I claims. Many doctors don’t like the L&I. They don’t like paperwork, IME’s and other L&I complications. As a result, many of them “are not accepting L&I patients”, or “don’t know what is going on.”