WCA Releases Letter Condemning the Medical Treatment Guidelines
On April 14, 2011, the Workers' Compensation Alliance released a letter calling on the New York State Workers' Compensation Board to rescind its Medical Treatment Guidelines and the associated processes.
The Medical Treatment Guidelines, or MTG, became effective on December 1, 2010. Over the objections of the WCA and others, the Board declared that the MTG would be applied retroactively to cases in which the injury had occurred years earlier. Over four months later, it has become apparent that the MTG are being used by the insurance industry to contest and eliminate medical treatment for injured workers.
The WCA letter states "that the MTG are illegal, have been substantially misapplied by the Board, and that the associated process has imposed new and substantial burdens on injured workers, health care providers, employers, carriers, and the Board's own staff. We are frankly unable to envision any modification of the process that would salvage any benefit from this ill-conceived system. We therefore request that all MTG regulations, paperwork and process be withdrawn by the Board."
Read the full letter here.