Great state news!

Our MDGuidelines reference toolset for improving return-to-work outcomes is now even more powerful with the addition of workers’ compensation treatment guidelines for Colorado and Washington states.

While the nationally-recognized ACOEM disability treatment guidelines are already available on MDGuidelines (, states often develop their own specific guidelines to address the most costly and/or common workplace injuries for the prevalent industries in that state. State treatment guidelines typically outline what will and won’t be reimbursed for medical providers handling workers’ compensation injuries with the intention of expediting treatment and lowering costs by limiting unnecessary or unproven treatments.

The Washington State Treatment Guidelines are arranged by medical topic (each of which encompasses multiple medical codes). The Colorado Guidelines are arranged by 10 regions of the body (such as “lower extremity”), each covering numerous medical topics.

While both sets of state guidelines are available as downloadable PDF documents from their respective state websites, MDGuidelines greatly improves functionality, access and usage, allowing you to easily search and navigate the content. Icons signify whether a procedure is recommended, not recommended, or should be approached with caution (meaning that there may be a list of objective data requiring documentation for the procedure to be approved). Hyperlinks help users quickly and easily jump to related sections or relevant outside content.

Ease of use is the critical factor for successful widespread and rapid adoption of state treatment guidelines. Our MDGuidelines platform makes it simple and easy for all stakeholders to access, understand and use the state guidelines, facilitating use and improving outcomes for everybody in the workers’ compensation system.

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