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bugaboo1023  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:23:31 PM(UTC)
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I just received a letter in the mail that my Pain Management doctor is closing their office effective October 29th, 2020. What do I have to do as far as a doctor so there's no problem with W/C?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:59:01 PM(UTC)

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You need to find a new doctor. Once you've done that, you would write OWCP and notify them that your previous doctor has closed his/her office and tell them there's a new physician of record and provide the name, address and phone number of the new doctor. You should also include a copy of the letter you received stating the previous doctor is no longer practicing.
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:29:44 PM(UTC)
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Thank you Jesse! 1 more question, I should be receiving my CA-1032, the current will not complete it unless I receive it in the next few days. Can I get some kind of extension to allow a new doctor time?
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:44:14 PM(UTC)

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The 1032 needs to be completed on time. That part doesn't require the physician, only you.

You're not likely to get an extension on the medical and if you do, it probably won't be long enough.

What you could do is have your doctor complete a CA-20 and write up the progress narrative. That may take them a few days and if the 1032 comes right after, you could submit it on time with something current or notify OWCP that the update was already sent on ??/??/????.

The 1032 is usually sent in your birthday month, is that in October? Or are we talking months from now?
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:51:15 AM(UTC)
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Jesse, yes we are talking October and it has come very late in the month in the past.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:11:24 AM(UTC)

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You could schedule something the first week of the month and have the doctor update the medical. That could take a few days, then it gets submitted. When you get the 1032, the medical you've just sent is less than 30 days old.
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#7 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:33:52 AM(UTC)
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Thank again Jesse! The new issue is that I have called 6 doctors so far and NONE will accept OWCP! What can I do?
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:31:27 AM(UTC)

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That's a pretty common problem...just keep calling around, expand your search, talk to other injured employees if you know any...
leftylouie  
#9 Posted : Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:09:06 AM(UTC)
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If you have any current medical narrative and or restrictions that were dated within the last 6 months you could send that in with your annual Birthday response. I’ve done that and it may get OWCP off your tail until you secure a new treating physician. Unless the rules have changed, current medical wasn’t required every year to OWCP- used to be every two years.

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Just want to be free....
EllisClinic  
#10 Posted : Friday, November 6, 2020 11:33:23 AM(UTC)
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What state do you live in? We have patients come from all over the country to see us and we also work with certain Drs in different states.
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#11 Posted : Friday, November 6, 2020 11:36:48 AM(UTC)
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