Employer and Insurer groups oppose AB 1465 proposed by Assembly Members Reyes and Gonzalez alleging the bill would significantly undermine medical care in the California's workers' compensation system and lead to significant cost increases for employers and lower quality care for injured workers.
The intent of the bill seems to be eliminate the problem sometimes faced by a dearth of treating physicians with certain specialties in certain geographic areas.
It will be interesting to follow this bill to see how it affects the California worker's compensation system.
An employee who is treating with a physician in the CAMPN may, at any time, change to a different treating physician within the CAMPN. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the right of an employee to treat with their personal physician as described in subdivision (d) of Section 4600.