Predesignation of Personal Physician
If you are injured at work, you are required to seek treatment at a designated medical facility. However, an employee who properly pre-designates a personal physician can treat with that physician despite an employer's properly established MPN. When there is a properly established MPN, every new employee must be provided notice of the requirements to pre-designate as well as a pre-designation form when hired or prior to the end of the first pay period. In order to even be eligible to pre-designate, an employee must have health insurance to cover non-industrial injuries. If not, pre-designation will not be permitted.
For more information on predesignating, please visit: https://www.dir.ca.gov/t8/9780_1.html