California gives medical providers free access to comp guidelines

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

Louise Esola, Business Insurance

The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently announced that providers will now have free online access to California’s Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) guidelines for treating injured workers through MDGuidelines: CA MTUS-ACOEM Edition.

Free access to the state’s medical treatment utilization schedule comes almost a year after the state launched its comprehensive formulary, which links drugs with ailments suffered by injured workers. Previously, the cost to access the system was $100 for an annual membership, according to information on the website for Reed Group, which oversees the formulary.

“Medical providers in California should ensure that treatment decisions for injured workers are based on the best available evidence,” said George Parisotto, the division’s administrative director, in a statement. “By providing these guidelines free of charge, we are removing barriers that we expect will improve quality of care and reduce friction in the utilization review process.”

Licensed health care providers who treat California injured workers will be able to search the latest evidence-based recommendations incorporated into the State’s MTUS. Providers who perform qualified medical evaluations, utilization review or independent medical review can also register to use the online tool free of charge, according to the statement.

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