The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) recently issued Board Resolution No. 13-08-25 entitled ‘Prescribing a Revised Policy on Accreditation of Hospitals and Physicians under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) Amending for this Purpose Rule XVII of the Amended Rules on Employees’ Compensation’.

The new policy states that for ‘purposes of processing of payment for medical services provided to ODWs, government and private hospitals duly licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) and accredited by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); and physicians duly licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) are automatically deemed accredited by the ECC’.

With the new policy, it is now more convenient for the ODWs to receive medical service from a wider scope of hospitals and physicians, and to make the medical services available nationwide.

Thus, the need to find an ECC accredited hospital and doctor is dispensed with. Only a few hospitals and physicians were accredited by the Commission under its Rules. The Commission has likewise stopped accrediting hospitals and physicians since 2001.