In December 2010, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board implemented legislatively mandated Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTG) that fundamentally changed the delivery of health care to injured workers. The MTGs initially included four evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of injuries involving the neck, back, shoulder and knee. These became the mandatory standard of care for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010. On March 1, 2013, the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome MTG and updated versions of the then existing MTGs, including a new maintenance care program, were adopted. The Non-Acute Pain MTG, as well as updated versions of the existing MTGs, were implemented for dates of treatment on or after December 15, 2014.
The following MTGs will become effective on a date to be announced, coinciding with the launch of OnBoard: Limited Release: Elbow Injuries, Foot and Ankle Injuries, Hip and Groin Injuries, Hand, Wrist and Forearm Injuries (including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), Occupational Interstitial Lung Disease, Occupational/Work-Related Asthma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.
Please contact the Medical Director's Office at 1 (800) 781-2362 or WCBMedicalDirectorsOffice@wcb.ny.gov with any questions regarding the Medical Treatment Guidelines.
What's New to Medical Treatment Guidelines Program
February 5, 2021
Proposed amendment to 12 NYCRR 324.2 to incorporate updates to four of the Workers' Compensation Board's New York Medical Treatment Guidelines.
December 10, 2020: Effective Date for New Medical Treatment Guidelines Delayed
The health crisis facing the New York State continues to impact the ability of authorized health care providers to implement changes and comply with the newly adopted Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) set to take effect January 1, 2021.
To prevent any negative impacts to injured workers, the Board has issued an Order of the Chair directing that the MTGs set to be effective January 1, 2021, will instead be effective on the launch date of OnBoard: Limited Release, to be announced in a future communication to stakeholders. Please watch for updates.
NYS Workers' Compensation Board
Attn: WCB Medical Director's Office
Menands, NY 12204