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Supreme Court Says Treating Physicians Opinion Not Entitled to Deference Under ERISA

Supreme Court Says Treating Physicians Opinion Not Entitled to Deference Under ERISA


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by Gayle M. Meadors, P.C.
This decision is of interest to physicians who may be asked to assess a patients disability under ERISA. The U. S. Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of whether the plan administrator of a health plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has to defer to the medical judgment of the physician treating the plan participant. This question arose because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had taken the position that an ERISA administrator had to defer to the opinion of the treating physician under the same treating physician rule that applies to Social Security disability determinations.