I hurt my back at work and now live with chronic back pain. I have to go to a pain clinic for pain medication and of course Workman's Comp is paying for it. Between my back doctor and the pain clinic doctor working together they finally found meds that were working for me. Out of the blue, the pain clinic called and informed me that my Workman's Compensation Insurance has called them and their doctor has advised that they switch my medication to something entirely different. I was not included in this decision at all. The first I heard about it was when they called me on the phone. My attorney says since It has been over 90 days, Workman's Comp shouldn't be able to control anything. It should be up to my doctor. Does the clinic have the right to do switch me without my input? The meds are not even close to what I was taking, but they tell me I have no choice in the matter. Workman's Comp strong armed them and they threw me under the bus.
I know there is a time when worker's comp doesn't have full control of your care, I don't know what that is anymore, but your lawyer is probably right on that one. If your dr stood up to them and said you need the one you're on, they would back down. I can guarantee you it wasn't your best interest they have in mind, but their pockets. I find it astounding that an insurance we pay for out of each pay check can turn around and deny us the coverage we need. Talk to your dr, see if he's willing to write a letter about how hard it was to control your pain and this is what works.
When it comes to pain meds you have the same patient rights as any other patient, the game changer is the pain management contract and the controlled substances involved. The Doctors reserve the right to change even discontinue your meds at any time, especially if there's even the slightest suspicion of breach of contract. Worker's comp is just an insurance outfit, they pay the money and they work in tandem with the Dr (s) when it comes to money money money.
Your input unfortunately means nothing, not when it comes to pain meds.
We can thank all the abusers who sell their prescriptions to friends, or on the street. So, in essence, because of the contract, you have no rights to dictate what's prescribed, in fact, no patient can tell a Dr what to prescribe or how much.
This stuff all happens for a reason, and as much as I dislike admitting it, there's nothing you can do about it, because of the aforementioned abuse and the stigma that hovers over legit chronic pain patients, any pushing at all raises even more red flags, we get labeled as Dr shoppers, addicts, etc., etc.
Sorry you're finding out this way, but it's bad all over and just going to get worse.
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