If a Washington 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 Washington 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, then convince your doctor to join the network or find another doctor.
In Washington State you must find 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 the network include, physical therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists; pharmacies; and hospitals; out of state providers and others.
To treat an injured worker Washington State doctors need to be a network provider. Simply put, some of a doctors patients are/will be injured workers and doctors want their bills paid. 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.”
Out of State Provider? If you are a provider in any other state other than Washington, you will want to submit the Provider Account Application so you may be paid for services. Provider Account Number Application
Out of Country Provider? If you are a provider who is out of the United States you will want to submit the Provider Account Application (Non-network) for L&I to pay you for services rendered. Provider Account Number Application
The process takes 60-90 days . They say they will notify you of their decision. If you are accepted, you will receive a letter notifying you of your provider account number. After 90 days, if you haven’t heard from L&I then email them at PACMAIL@Lni.wa.gov
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