December 17, 2014
The new Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines (NAP MTG), as well as the revisions to the existing Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs), went into effect on December 15, 2014.
The Chair began the formal adoption process in June 2014, with the publication of a proposed regulation in the New York State Register. The process amends 12 NYCRR 324.2 to incorporate the Non-Acute Pain MTG as well as revisions to the third editions of the Mid and Low Back, Neck, Shoulder, and Knee MTGs and the second edition of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome MTG. Additionally, Intrathecal Drug Delivery (Pain Pumps) have been added to the list of procedures requiring prior authorization. For your review, complete copies of the new NAP MTG, revised MTGs and the Amendment of 12 NYCRR 324.2 are available on the Board’s website.
The new NAP MTG presents a comprehensive approach to the management of patients with chronic pain, including best practice recommendations for the appropriate use of narcotics. This is a particularly important topic in light of the opioid epidemic facing the nation, including New York’s injured workers.
As was announced last month, e-learning training programs have been developed to facilitate compliance with both the new NAP MTG and revised MTGs recommendations. The training consists of medical courses that enable providers to earn CME credits, as well as courses for non-medical professionals. These programs are free and have been available on the Board’s website since November 12, 2014. In addition, the Non-Acute Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines training is available with free CME credits on MSSNY’s website. Please take advantage of the training, if you have not already done so. The Board will make an official announcement when the training is available for physical therapists and chiropractors.
If you have any questions concerning the Guidelines, please contact the Board’s Medical Director’s Office at (800) 781-2362.
Robert E. Beloten