Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Worker's Compensation Changes

Beginning on December 1, 2010 the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board will implement new guidelines for the care of back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries. The guidelines are designed to limit the number of visits for particular conditions and limit the types of services we will be able to provide. This is a dramatic change in the current system. Our Association has made several attempts at addressing some of the concerns that patients, providers and industry have raised. There is a variance process available that can only be initiated by a physician. We have heard from some of our physicians who will no longer be participating with Worker’s Compensation. We have been told that the variance process is a five-page report that your physician must complete to substantiate a reason for continuation of physical therapy beyond these guidelines. If you would like to be kept up to date on any changes that occur make sure that we have your email on file so that we may get this information for you in a timely manner.

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