New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Medical Treatment Guidelines became effective in December 2010. The Guidelines pertain to injuries involving the neck, back, shoulder, and knee. More recently treatment guidelines for carpal tunnel syndrome have been published.
Your doctor’s familiarity with the specific modalities of treatment found in the Guidelines could make a huge difference in your medical care. A doctor who is familiar with the Guidelines will know that for many types of treatment he can simply provide the medical care without any pre-approval or authorization delays.
However, if the treatment being recommended is not listed in the Guidelines then a variance procedure must be utilized. Proper filing of variance requests could be the difference between treatment being approved or denied.
It is in your best interest to confirm that your physician is familiar with the Guidelines beginning treatment at his or her office. This will make delivery of your medical care a much simpler and effective process.