NY: NYSWCB Posts Notice of Proposed Medical Treatment Guidelines

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has posted notice of proposed medical treatment guidelines for workers' compensation injuries or illnesses to the neck, back, shoulder, and knee, and amends other provisions to support the guidelines. Comments on the proposed rules will...

NY: WCB Publishes Proposed Regulations Adopting Medical Treatment Guidelines

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Workers' Compensation Board has published Subject No. 046-435, which states: On June 30, 2010, the Workers' Compensation Board published proposed regulations that would make the revised medical treatment guidelines ("Guidelines") mandatory for providers...

NY: WCB Posts Critical Information For Medical Treatment Guidelines

Albany, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - To guarantee that carrier contact information is available by December 1, 2010, carriers must designate and register an administrator by November 5, 2010. Carrier Administrator Carriers are required to designate an administrator for Medical Treatment Guidelines...

NY: WCB Provides Overview Of MTG Processes

Albany, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The Medical Treatment Guidelines will become the mandatory standard of care for the mid and low back, neck, shoulder, and knee, effective for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010. All stakeholders and Board staff will be expected to comply with the regulations...

NY: WCB Will Implement New Health Provider Fee Schedules

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board has adopted regulations to implement new health provider fee schedules that will take effect on December 1, 2010, the same day that the Medical Treatment Guidelines take effect. The new fee schedules include the following...

New York Treatment Guidelines Heading for Implementation 12/1/10: An Interview With Ken Eichler and Dr. Jon Seymour of the Reed Group, and Christopher Wolfkiel of ACOEM

At the 19th Annual Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, NV, Rebecca Shafer, Attorney and Risk Consultant , President of Amaxx Risk Solutions interviewed Ken Eichler, Director of Gov't and Insurance Services, and Dr. Jon Seymour, President of Guidelines, both...

NY: WCB Posts MT Guidelines & Prescribed Narcotic Medications

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - Concerns have been raised that claimants on long term narcotics and other pain medications will have their medications discontinued because of recommendations in the Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTG). This is not true. Claimants who have been receiving long term narcotics...

NY: WCB MT Guidelines Go Live

New York, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - Effective today, December 1, 2010, the Medical Treatment Guidelines become the mandatory standard of care for the mid and low back, neck, shoulder, and knee for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010. The Medical Treatment Guidelines will … read more

NY: WCB Hosted Q&A On MTGs

Albany, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - Below are answers to the questions submitted in connection with the Board's November 3, 2010, CLE on the new Medical Treatment Guidelines grouped by subject area. Additional Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Medical Treatment Guidelines Overview web page...

LA: Louisiana Office Of Workers’ Comp To Hold Meeting On Medical Treatment Guidelines' Permanent Implementation

Baton Rouge, LA (CompNewsNetwork) - Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2011, 9 A.M., at 1001 North 23rd Street, 4th Floor Meeting Room, Baton Rouge, LA 70804. The public...

NY: Workers' Comp Board Serves Reminders Regarding MTGs

New York City, NY (CompNewsNetwork) - The Chair of the New York Workers' Compensation Board, Robert Beloten, sent out reminders of two important upcoming dates related to the Board's Medical Treatment Guidelines program. Carrier Medical Treatment Guidelines Certification Board regulations...

WCRI Releases Annual Study Highlighting Impact of the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reforms in New York

Introduction In December 2011, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute [Cambridge, MA] (“WCRI”) published its fourth annual report evaluating the effects of the so-called workers’ compensation “reforms” passed unanimously by the New York Assembly and Senate...

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law Changes 2012

By Denis Paul Juge, Esq., Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli, Frieman & Whiteley, djuge@wcdefense.com The following is a summary of the 2012 legislative amendments to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. The major law changes were at the urging of the business community. The OWC also sponsored...

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law Changes 2012

By Denis Paul Juge, Esq., Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli, Frieman & Whiteley, djuge@wcdefense.com The following is a summary of the 2012 legislative amendments to the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. The major law changes were at the urging of the business community. The OWC also sponsored...

Combatting the Evils of Opioid Addiction: When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

By John Stahl, Esq. LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed citations link to lexis.com. The numerous ills associated with workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) abusing prescribed opioids is a perfect example of medical care professionals acting...

New York Workers’ Compensation State of Mind

Attention Lexis Online Subscribers: Citations link to lexis.com. Bracketed citations link to Lexis Advance. The 2013 Edition of New York Workers’ Compensation Handbook is now available. The following article is excerpted from the Handbook: The year 2012 saw growing controversy over the...

California: UR and the Five Day Rules (Watch Out!)

By Mark L. Kahn (Associate Chief Judge retired), Arbitrator/Mediator/Attorney-Altman, Lunche & Blitstein Utilization review under the new Independent Medical Review process begins with the receipt by the claims administrator of a written “Request for Authorization for Medical Treatment”...

100th Anniversary of New York Workers’ Compensation Law

By Ronald E. Weiss, Esq. and Ronald Balter, Esq. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the enactment of New York’s Workers’ (then Workmens’) Compensation Law. It is well known that the death of so many workers in the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire moved New York’s...

Drug Formularies, Texas Style: Coming Soon to a State Near You?

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. As policymakers, risk managers, and insurers seek to contain medical expenditures in workers’...