What are the
Medical Treatment Guidelines and how do they apply to injured workers on Long Island and throughout
New York State? The
Guidelines were created to ensure that injured workers receive the best possible medical
care after their
workplace injury, so the workers can recover and feel better as soon as possible. So, they
can get back to work and on with their life!
Guidelines were actually developed from important input from expert doctors throughout
the country who specialize in helping people who have been injured on
the job, or who have developed an
occupational disease.The purpose of the
Medical Treatment Guidelines is to streamline the medical care you receive and ensure you receive the
highest quality care in an efficient manner.
Here is what you need to know about the new
Medical Treatment Guidelines:
Guidelines are actually flexible. They recognize that not all treatments are necessary
for all injured workers. If your doctor wants to take a different approach
to your care, he or she can request permission.
If your condition suddenly gets worse or flares up, you will be able to
get the treatment you need. Under the
Guidelines, you are not blocked from receiving necessary medical care if your condition
If you think you won’t be able to get acupuncture, chiropractic care
or physical therapy, think again. In fact, the
Guidelines recommend each of these procedures. However, it will be necessary for your
doctor to show that such treatments are improving your overall condition.
If your condition is not improving, your doctor will need to find an alternative
treatment that will in deed help.
- You will not be prevented from getting pain medicine after a specific length
of time. If you still have pain after a short time, talk to your doctor.
He or she may continue prescribing pain medicine, but they will also need
to explain why the prescription is medically necessary.
Returning to Work After an Injury
Do you have questions about the Medical Treatment Guidelines and filing a
workers’ compensation claim? If so,
contact our firm to schedule a
free case evaluation.