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A. Except in an emergency where the employer, Administrator or his agent cannot be reached immediately, all health care must be approved or recommended by the employer or Administrator. Health care treatment must be offered promptly and be reasonably suited to treat the injury without undue inconvenience to the worker. If the worker has reason to be dissatisfied with the care offered, he should communicate the basis of such dissatisfaction to the Administrator, in writing if requested, following which the Administrator and the worker may agree to alternate care reasonably suited to treat the injury. If the Administrator and the worker cannot agree on alternate care, the arbitrator(s) established under Subchapter 8 of this chapter1 may, upon application and the reasonable proofs of the necessary thereof, allow and order other such care. Any nonauthorized treatment of the worker is not payable under this section and shall be at the worker’s sole expense.

B. Chiropractic, osteopathic, naturopathic, acupuncture, or other nontraditional forms of treatment must be approved by the Administrator and approved by the attending physician. Duration of treatment and/or number of visits to such medical providers shall be subject to the Administrator’s approval, who may rely upon the advice of the consulting or attending physician.

C. After notice and opportunity for a hearing, the arbitrator(s) established under Subchapter 8 of this chapter1 may issue a decision relieving the Administrator of the duty to pay for health care furnished by a health care provider or any other person selected in a manner inconsistent with the requirements of this chapter. ONCA 12-76, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.