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New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
328 State Street  Schenectady, New York 12305
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


Subject No. 046-507

Medical Treatment Guidelines Improvements Will
Take Effect on March 1, 2013. Free On-Line
Training is Available.

Date: January 16, 2013

Effective Date

In October 2012, I proposed a series of improvements to the Medical Treatment Guidelines, including the adoption of new Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Medical Treatment Guidelines, new maintenance care program recommendations, and revisions to existing processes. We have received public comments to the regulations and will be adopting the regulatory changes. I am delaying the effective date to March 1, 2013 to allow stakeholders additional time to become familiar with the changes and modify their own systems and processes accordingly.

Training

To facilitate compliance with the new standards and processes, the Board will provide free, online training. These programs are available on the Board's website.

The following courses are available in support of the 2013 update:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Guidelines
  • 2013 Medical Treatment Guidelines Update Overview

In addition, several courses that were initially offered in 2010 have been revised to reflect the proposed changes. These include:

  • Mid and Low Back Guidelines,
  • Neck Guidelines,
  • Shoulder Guidelines,
  • Knee Guidelines,
  • Legal Processes for Attorneys and Licensed Representatives, and
  • Pre-Treatment Forms and Processes.

Updated courses, associated with CME credits, have been recertified and may be taken again for full credit.

NOTE: If you took the training prior to January 16, 2013 we recommend that you take the following courses, in the appropriate program, to familiarize yourself with the MTG program changes:

  • 2013 Medical Treatment Guidelines Update Overview,
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Guidelines, and
  • (if applicable) Pre- Treatment Forms and Processes.

Questions and Additional Information

Please contact the Board's Medical Director's Office at (800) 781-2362 if you have any questions. Additional information on the additions and improvements, as well as final versions of the revised Guidelines and the new Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Guideline, may also be found on the Board's website under Medical Treatment Guideline Program.

You are strongly encouraged to review the information on the Board's website regarding the Guidelines and to take advantage of the available training.

 

Robert E. Beloten
Chair