Workers Comp 101: Medical Treatment Guidelines 

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

If you're ever hurt at work and need medical assistance; it's important to know how treatment works. If you require emergency help this rules may not apply. Otherwise these are great steps should you need some help knowing the guideline you should follow for treatment.It's critical you speak with an attorney to fully understand your rights. You should always seek medical attention when injured first. This Workers Comp 101 article is for injured New York Workers. If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to us! We can answer any topic from Schedule Loss of Use settlements to Social Security Disability claims.

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The Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTG)

 In December 2010, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board implemented a program of medical treatment guidelines (MTG). These guidelines were the mandatory standard of care for dates of service on or after December 1, 2010. The claimant does not have to obtain preapproval for any treatment authorized per the medical treatment guidelines.

Body Parts Involved

  • Non-Acute Pain
  • Mid and Low Back Injury
  • Neck Injury
  • Knee Injury
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel

The Medical Treatment Guidelines are the standard of care for treating injured workers in New York, and are based on the best available medical evidence and the consensus of experienced medical professionals. Use of the Guidelines is mandatory for treatment rendered to the mid and low back, the knee, the shoulder, the neck and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). The use of the MTGs for treatment of an injury covered by an MTG became mandatory December 1, 2010. After December 1, 2010, all treatment involving the mid and low back, the knee, the shoulder and the neck was subject to the MTGs, regardless of the date of injury. On March 1, 2013, a new CTS MTG and an updated version of the initial four MTGs became effective and cover treatment performed on or after March 1, 2013, regardless of the date of injury. The Treatment Guidelines do not have to be adhered to if emergency medical care is required.


**This information is based on New York State. Each state may be different. This blog post is for informational purposes. Your specific circumstances may vary from the information provided. Every case is different. Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. The contents contained in this post do not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please contact us before sending confidential or time-sensitive material**

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