Bulletin No. 71-06
December 7, 2006
Division of Workers' Compensation issues 15-day notice of
revisions to proposed medical treatment guideline regulations
The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has modified its medical treatment
utilization schedule (MTUS) regulations. A 15-day notice of modification was
distributed to interested parties and the revised regulations are posted on
the DWC Web site. Members of the public may comment on the revisions until 5
p.m. on Dec. 22, 2006.
The proposed medical treatment utilization schedule regulations, commonly referred
to as medical treatment guidelines, are authorized by Labor Code section 5307.27.
This Labor Code section requires the administrative director to adopt a medical
treatment utilization schedule.
The revisions in this draft of the regulations include the following:
- Definitions for the terms acute and chronic have
been deleted from the text of the regulations
- Clarified that the MTUS is presumptively correct on the issue of extent
and scope of medical treatment and diagnostic services addressed in the MTUS
for the duration of the medical condition
- A definition for the term functional improvement has been added
to the regulations
- A definition for the term peer reviewed has been added to of
- Section 9792.21 has been reorganized to adopt the MTUS, and to reflect the
components of the schedule
- Acupuncture treatment guidelines have been adopted based on the medical
treatment guidelines from the state of Colorado, Division of Workers
- Substituted the proposed hierarchy of scientifically based evidence with
ACOEMs updated strength of evidence rating methodology to evaluate specific
medical treatment or diagnostic services
- Increased the size of the medical evidence evaluation advisory committee
to better represent all treatment procedures and modalities commonly performed
in workers compensation cases.
Further information and the modified proposals can be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCPropRegs/MedicalTreatmentUtilizationSchedule/MTUS_regulations.htm.