What is a network?

A workers' compensation health care network is a group of health care providers that have contracted with an insurance carrier to provide care to its members. The network consists of treating providers, hospitals, specialty providers and other health care professionals. Health care providers in the network have met the network's quality of care standards.

Workers' compensation health care networks are designed to:

  • Improve quality of care
  • Help injured workers get back on the job
  • Control medical costs

If employers choose the network option, their injured workers must seek treatment from network doctors. Network doctors have unique experience in treating workplace injuries. They use their expertise to treat injured workers and get them back on the job as soon as medically reasonable.