The MedRisk Blog
Rules of the Arizona Industrial Commission adopting the ODG medical treatment guidelines have been approved by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council and will be effective for workers’ compensation claims with a date of injury of October 1, 2016 or later. “Until further action of the Commission,” the rules apply only to chronic pain and to opioids for all stages of pain, but the Commission reserves the right to apply ODG more broadly upon publishing its intention to do so, with opportunity for public comment.
Effective April 15, the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation has established rules of procedure for dispute resolution which all parties to request mediation or to voluntarily submit to binding arbitration in lieu of adjudication in a DWC hearing.
A bill currently being considered by the House Labor and Industry Committee (HB 1800) would authorize regulators to publish evidence based medical treatment guidelines for resolving issues relating to treatment of work-related injuries. Although the MTGs must be based on nationally recognized guidelines, modifications by a panel of Pennsylvania medical providers would be permitted. By a 14 to 13 vote on June 14, the bill was tabled.
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