Bulletin No. 09-03
July 25, 2003

Revised primary treating physician regulations, forms are now in effect

DWC Form PR-2, "Primary Treating Physician's Progress Report," and DWC Form PR-3, "Primary Treating Physician's Permanent and Stationary Report," have been revised as a result of DWC's recently concluded rulemaking on primary treating physician reporting requirements.

The new forms are located in Sections 9578.2 and 9785.3 of Title 8, California Code of Regulations. They can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format from the DWC forms page at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/forms.html. Physicians should be begin using the new versions immediately.

In addition, revisions were made to Section 9785 of Title 8, CCR, "Reporting Duties of the Primary Treating Physician;" Section 9786, "Petition for Change of Primary Treating Physician;" and Section 9787, "Appeal from Administrative Director's Order Granting or Denying Petition for Change of Primary Treating Physician."

The regulations as revised can be found online here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/ch4_5sb1a5.html. The final rulemaking package approved by the state Office of Administrative Law, including the Final Statement of Reasons and the text of the regulations as amended, can be found here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/PTPRegs.html. The revisions were effective June 19, 2003.

Because of the provisions of Sections 9784 and 9786, Title 8, CCR, it is recommended that claims administrators provide primary treating physicians with copies of the new reporting requirements.