Presumption of correctness of findings by treating physician
(a) For injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2003, in cases where an additional comprehensive medical evaluation is obtained under Section 4061 or 4062, if the employee has been treated by his or her personal physician, or by his or her personal chiropractor, as defined in Section 4601, who was predesignated prior to the date of injury as provided under Section 4600, the findings of the personal physician or personal chiropractor are presumed to be correct. This presumption is rebuttable and may be controverted by a preponderance of medical opinion indicating a different level of disability. However, the presumption shall not apply where both parties select qualified medical examiners.
(b) The administrative director, in consultation with the Industrial Medical Council, shall develop, not later than January 1, 2004, and periodically revise as necessary thereafter, educational materials to be used to provide treating physicians and chiropractors with information and training in basic concepts of workers' compensation, the role of the treating physician, the conduct of permanent and stationary evaluations, and report writing.
(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 6, Sec. 53.)