(a) The Administrative Director adopts the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) consisting of section 9792.20 through section 9792.26.
(b) The MTUS is intended to assist in the provision of medical treatment by offering an analytical framework for the evaluation and treatment of injured workers and to help those who make decisions regarding the medical treatment of injured workers understand what treatment has been proven effective in providing the best medical outcomes to those workers, in accordance with section 4600 of the Labor Code.
(c) Treatment shall not be denied on the sole basis that the condition or injury is not addressed by the MTUS. In this situation, the claims administrator shall authorize treatment if such treatment is in accordance with other scientifically and evidence-based, peer-reviewed, medical treatment guidelines that are nationally recognized by the medical community, in accordance with subdivisions (b) and (c) of section 9792.25, and pursuant to the Utilization Review Standards found in section 9792.6 through section 9792.10.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 4603.5, 5307.3 and 5307.27, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 77.5, 4600, 4604.5 and 5307.27, Labor Code.
1. New section filed 6-15-2007; operative 6-15-2007 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2007, No. 24).
2. Amendment of subsection (a), renumbering of former subsection (a)(1) to section 9792.22, subsection (a), renumbering of former subsections (a)(2)-(a)(2)(E) to new section 9792.24.1 and amendment of subsections (b) and (c) filed 6-18-2009; operative 7-18-2009 (Register 2009, No. 25).
3. Editorial correction of operative date in History 2 (Register 2009, No. 30).