Date: October 4, 2011
On September 7, 2011, I received a letter from Superintendent of Insurance James Wrynn , with the proposed medical treatment guidelines for carpal tunnel syndrome, CTS Guidelines. The CTS Guidelines are the product of the Insurance Department's Workers' Compensation Reform Task Force and its advisory committee, which previously produced the medical treatment guidelines for the neck, low and mid back, shoulder and knee. The CTS Guidelines reflect a consensus of the medical professionals designated by the AFL-CIO, Business Council of New York State, Workers' Compensation Board, and Insurance Department. The CTS Guidelines are designed to encourage accelerated delivery of quality medical services to those workers and to reduce disputes and ineffective medical treatment.
The Board anticipates promulgating regulations to adopt the CTS Guidelines. Before doing so, however, the Board would like to receive specific feedback from stakeholders on the carpal tunnel syndrome guidelines to produce final proposed CTS Guidelines. All stakeholders, including medical providers, are encouraged to review the proposed guidelines and to submit any comments, with supporting medical literature, to the Board's Medical Director's Office. Please send your comments in electronic form to the Board at CTSGuidelines@wcb.ny.gov on or before December 1, 2011.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Robert E. Beloten