The New York State Workers' Compensation Law allows physician's assistants to provide medical care to injured workers. However, there must be a supervising physician who is required to sign any medical records and/or disability forms that are completed based on the physician's assistant's examination.
Doctors who commonly deal with Workers' Compensation clients are well aware that they must counter-sign all medical reports completed by a physician's assistant. However, some physicians who don't deal with the Workers' Compensation system regularly are unaware of this fact.
While this seems like a technicality, Law Judges are not allowed to consider the medical opinions of a physician's assistant's medical records or report unless they are counter-signed by the supervising physician.
If you are being treated by a physician's assistant you may want to mention that their supervising physician should counter-sign any medical records that are being filed.
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