About OWCP Form CA-16

The OWCP Form CA-16, also known as the Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment, plays a crucial role in the initial stages of seeking medical care and compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Here’s a summary of what you need to know:


  • Authorizes medical care for work-related injuries or illnesses sustained by federal employees.
  • Guarantees payment for authorized medical services for 60 days from the injury date.
  • Serves as the basis for further treatment authorization if the claim is approved.

Who completes it:

  • Usually completed by the employee’s supervisor within 4 hours of the employee requesting medical attention.
  • If the supervisor doubts the work-relatedness of the injury, they shouldn’t issue the form.

Key Points:

  • Valid for 60 days from the date of issuance.
  • Covers various medical services like office visits, lab work, hospital stays, x-rays, MRIs, physical therapy, and emergency services.
  • Doesn’t authorize change of physician after the initial choice.
  • OWCP can terminate authorization earlier with written notice.


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Labor or any other government agency. If you have specific questions regarding your eligibility, semaglutide, claim process, or form completion, it’s best to consult directly with OWCP or a qualified legal professional.