• An Employer is Obligated Under § 306 (F.1)(1)(I) of the Act to Reimburse the Claimant for Massage Therapy Sessions Performed by a Licensed Therapist Under the Direction of the Claimant’s Treating Provider
  • March 16, 2018
  • Following a 1978 work injury, the claimant was referred by her chiropractor to a licensed massage therapist in 2015 for therapy to the low back and hips. The claimant received massage therapy treatments every three weeks beginning in January 2015, for which she paid $60 per hour out of pocket. The massage therapy receipts were submitted to the employer’s counsel for reimbursement. However, the employer did not pay the claimant. Consequently, the claimant filed a penalty petition and a review petition seeking reimbursement of the expenses. The Workers’ Compensation Judge granted the petitions, ordering the employer to reimburse the claimant and awarding the claimant penalties, costs and attorney’s fees.