No. There is no requirement for employers or payors to use an MPN to treat covered work injuries. Each eligible employer, insurer, or entity providing physician network services may decide if it wants to establish and use an MPN to treat employees' occupational medical care.
A medical provider network (MPN) is a network of providers, including physicians, created to provide medical treatment for workers injured on the job in California.
A workers' compensation insurer, self-insured employer, joint powers authority, the State of California, California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA), State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF), and groups of self-insured employers. Under SB863, an entity providing physician network services will also be eligible to apply for an MPN.