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Workers’ Compensation Board

Important Update

A new law signed as part of Governor Cuomo's 2019-2020 budget allows more types of medical providers to be authorized to treat injured workers in the NYS workers' compensation system. To streamline the authorization and renewal process, the NYS Workers' Compensation Board is transitioning to a fully electronic online application and renewal process. The online application for authorization is now available to all provider types except physicians, who will be added soon. Please see below for application instructions for physicians and other types of providers.

Physicians

The new online application for authorization will be available to physicians early in 2020. Until then, please follow the current process as described below. To get notified when the online application is available, and for other Board news, please subscribe for updates.

To apply for authorization, complete the Health Care Provider's Application for Authorization (Form MR-IME-1) adobe pdf and submit directly to the medical society in the county in which you practice. A list including contact information for each county medical society can be viewed at the New York State Medical Society's web site Link to External Website. Osteopathic physicians have the option of submitting their applications to the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society Link to External Website.

Please do not send your original application directly to the Workers' Compensation Board. Any original applications received will be returned. Be advised that the medical society to which you submit your application may charge a fee to process your application. Applicants for authorization to perform independent medical examinations must include a certificate from a specialty board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties Link to External Website or the American Osteopathic Association Link to External Website.

All Other Provider Types (Chiropractors, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Acupuncturists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists)

To apply for authorization, you must:

  1. Sign up to use the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Portal and/or login with the credentials that have been assigned to you;
  2. Complete the required training specific to your profession;
  3. Complete the New Provider Authorization Request online application.

Sign up to Access the Medical Portal

To access the Medical Portal and new provider training, you must have an NY.gov ID. This is not the personal NY.gov ID that you may have with other agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Taxation and Finance, etc.

An NY.gov User ID and temporary password will be generated for you when you register for Medical Portal access. When you register for access, you will be asked for your email address. This should be your individual email address, not a group or practice email address. See the Medical Portal Overview page for more information.

Complete Required Training

After you’ve received your Medical Portal credentials, you can access the training by selecting Medical Portal from the “Log in to Access” box on the top right of the Board’s website homepage (wcb.ny.gov). From the Medical Portal homepage, select Medical Provider, then Training, and then Training Requirements for Provider Authorization. You will see a listing of the required courses by provider type with links and instructions for accessing the courses via the learning management system, CourseMill.

Complete the New Provider Authorization Request

Once you’ve completed the required training, you can begin the New Provider Authorization Request online application form, which you can access from the Medical Portal homepage. Because the application must be done in a single sitting (you can’t save and come back later), it is important to have the following information readily available before you begin:

Once you have completed your application and attached all necessary documents (e.g., certifications, CV/resume, disciplinary action), you submit it electronically to the Workers’ Compensation Board. The Board will then review your application, notify you whether you have been approved for authorization to treat injured workers, and advise on next steps.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Medical Director's Office at (800) 781-2362, or send an e-mail to provider@wcb.ny.gov.