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New Regulations Proposed for New Provider Law

As we reported in April 2019, the Workers’ Compensation Law was revised to expand the types of medical providers authorized to treat injured workers. Authorized providers now include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and licensed social workers. The expanded list of providers will become effective 1/1/20.
To implement the new law, the Board has proposed a new regulation that describes the process for applying for Board authorization to treat injured workers. The Board has also proposed amendments to the regulations concerning the prior authorization and variance processes in the Medical Treatment Guidelines to integrate the new provider types.
Stakeholders have until 8/18/19 to submit comments on the proposed regulations via regulations@wcb.ny.gov.

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