NY: WCB Posts MT Guidelines & Prescribed Narcotic Medications

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 and/or other pain medications prior to December 1, 2010, should continue to have their prescriptions paid for by carriers and filled by pharmacies.

The Guidelines state that "Narcotic medications should be prescribed with strict time, quantity, and duration guidelines and with definitive cessation parameters... [with a] Maximum duration: 2 weeks." The Guidelines further state: "Use beyond two weeks is acceptable in appropriate cases. Any use beyond the maximum should be documented and justified based on the diagnosis and/or invasive procedures … read more