Bulletin No. 36-06
July 7, 2006

Notice of rulemaking for medical treatment utilization schedule

The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) proposed regulations for the medical treatment utilization schedule will be published in the California Notice Register today, Jul. 7, 2006. A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, in the auditorium of the state building at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland. Members of the public may comment on the proposed regulations until 5 p.m. on that day.

The proposed medical treatment utilization schedule regulations, commonly referred to as medical treatment guideline regulations, are authorized by Labor Code section 5307.27, which requires the administrative director to adopt a medical treatment utilization schedule that incorporates evidence based, peer-reviewed, nationally recognized standards of care and that addresses, at a minimum, the frequency, duration, intensity and appropriateness of all treatment procedures and modalities commonly performed in workers' compensation cases.

The proposed regulations adopt and incorporate by reference the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines (ACOEM Practice Guidelines) into the medical treatment utilization schedule. They also:

The notice of the proposed rulemaking, initial statement of reasons and the proposed regulations for this rulemaking package have been posted at the DWC Web site at
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/MedicalTreatmentUtilizationSchedule/MTUS_regulations.htm

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