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WCRI: Treatment Guidelines and Their Uses Are All Over the Map

By Elaine Goodman (medical/business Reporter)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 737 | 1 | 45 min read

While 23 states have adopted workers’ comp medical treatment guidelines, there’s a wide variation in the guidelines themselves as well as how they are used, according to a new report that also attempts to measure their restrictiveness. The Workers Compensation Research Institute on Tuesday released a “national inventory” of treatment guidelines and utilization management. WCRI called the survey-based study the first of its kind for workers’ comp. “Although the intention of systemwide guideline adoption is to achieve effective and consistent care at rea...

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