Board’s decision requiring appellant to pay for medical treatments was proper

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Robert Young, doing business as Bob Young Logging (“BYL”), appeals from a decision of the full Worker’s Compensation Board (“the Board”) affirming the single hearing officer’s decision that Glen Marling is entitled to reimbursement for certain medical treatments he received after an injury arising out of and in the course of his employment with BYL. Specifically, BYL argues that the Board’s decision is erroneous because Marling is not entitled to reimbursement under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act (the Act) because the treatments were unauthorized and the findings of fact and conclusions of law are insufficient to support the conclusion that Marling is entitled to reimbursement for these treatments.

Conclusion (slip op. at 2): Because we find that the medical treatments were authorized by a physician chosen by BYL’s insurance carrier and that the Board’s findings of fact and conclusions of law are sufficient to support the award, we affirm.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 11, 13, 15): We find that the Insurer’s unilateral decision to stop paying for Dr. Tiwari’s medical treatments after it had chosen him as an authorized provider did not transform him from an authorized to an unauthorized physician, especially in light of the policies underlying the Act. Thus, Marling was not required to prove that his case met one of the exceptions contained in Indiana Code § 22-3-3-4(d) . . . We conclude that the record contains sufficient evidence for the Board to have reasonably concluded that the pain treatments were necessary within the meaning of the statute . . . As a result, the Board’s decision requiring BYL to pay for the medical treatments was proper.

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