(A) Direct payment to a health care provider or other person by the industrial commission, self-insuring employer, bureau of workers' compensation, or their agent, for medical care rendered to a claimant does not imply or create a legal relationship between the provider or person and the commission, self-insuring employer, bureau, or their agent.
(B) The services rendered to the claimant are the legal obligation of the claimant. The direct payment to the health care provider is a discretionary method by which the award made to the claimant for medical expenses may be discharged.
(C) Except as prohibited by division (K) of section 4121.44 of the Revised Code , when payment is made to the claimant, the sole legal recourse of the health care provider is against the claimant.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/17/2009 and 11/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4121.12, 4121.121, 4121.30, 4121.31, 4121.44,
4121.441, 4123.05, 4123.66 Rule Amplifies: 4121.121, 4121.44, 4121.441, 4123.66
Prior Effective Dates: 2/12/97, 1/1/99, 2/14/05