From the Hotline: Use of Pre-Determined Clinic for Second Opinion

Question: Can we request an employee use our pre-determined clinic for a second opinion?

Answer: An employer may, at its own expense, require the employee to obtain a second medical certification from a health care provider.

The employer is permitted to designate the health care provider to furnish the second opinion, but the selected health care provider may not be employed on a regular basis by the employer. The employer may not regularly contract with or otherwise regularly utilize the services of the health care provider furnishing the second opinion unless the employer is located in an area where access to health care is extremely limited (e.g., a rural area where no more than one or two doctors practice in the relevant specialty in the vicinity).