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This is a special action review of an Industrial Commission award dismissing a request for hearing on liability for unapproved medical expenses. The justification for this dismissal is the administrative law judges conclusion that medical benefits are compensable only if the employer, its carrier, or the Industrial Commission approves the medical treatment before it is provided. Because of this conclusion, the administrative law judge did not address the adequacy of the notice that was provided or reach the merits of the claim. We set aside the award because notice that medical treatment is necessary, as opposed to prior approval for the treatment by the carrier, is all that is required for compensability.