The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has adopted new treatment guidelines for medical care that is provided to injured workers. The New York Medical Treatment Guidelines will become the mandatory standard of care for the back, neck, shoulder, and knee, and will be effective as of December 1, 2010. The new guidelines provide guidance on history taking, physical exams, testing and treatment.

States are increasingly adopting treatment guidelines as a way to guide healthcare practitioners and other workers’ compensation stakeholders in order to avoid delays for approving treatment, to provide better consistency of care, and to reduce unnecessary costs and procedures.

Medical treatment guidelines adopted by states are very carefully considered, taken from the highest quality data and knowledge available and are typically evidence-based and physician-reviewed. They often focus on each state’s most prevalent work-related injuries, which can differ from state to state, depending on prevalent industries and demographics.

New York State’s new treatment guidelines were adopted, with modifications, from several sources, including the State of Colorado Treatment Guidelines, the ACOEM (American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine) Occupational Medicine Treatment Guidelines and the State of Washington Medical and Surgical Treatment Guidelines.

Reed Group’s MDGuidelines web-based platform (www.mdguidelines.com) is a convenient way to access all of these source guidelines in one easy-to-use location.

Reed Group® is dedicated to helping all stakeholders navigate the increasingly complex landscape of treatment and return-to-work duration guidelines with industry-leading tools that aggregate content.

We are pleased to partner with jurisdictions, legislators, regulators and stakeholders in states to help ease adoption of treatment guidelines and by providing resources to help improve outcomes for injured workers.

We look forward to any opportunity to help states such as New York roll out treatment guidelines and improve claims processing, therefore, improving outcomes for injured workers and expediting processing and adjudication of claims.