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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director--Administrative Rules
Article 5.5.2. Medical treatment utilization schedule

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§ 9792.24.2. Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines.


(a) The Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines (July 2016), consisting of two parts, are adopted and incorporated by reference into the MTUS. Part 1 is entitled Introduction. Part 2 is entitled the “Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Treatment in Workers' Compensation - Pain (Chronic)” consisting of an edited version from the Official Disability Guidelines published on April 6, 2015, which the Division of Workers' Compensation has adapted with permission from the publisher. A copy of the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines may be obtained from the Medical Unit, Division of Workers' Compensation, P.O. Box 71010, Oakland, CA 94612-1486, or from the DWC web site at http://www.dwc.ca.gov.
(b) The Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines apply when the patient has chronic pain as defined in section 9792.20.
(c) When a patient has chronic pain and the treatment for the condition is covered in the Clinical Topics section of the MTUS but is not addressed in the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines, the Clinical Topics section applies to that treatment.
(d) When a patient has chronic pain and the treatment is addressed in both the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines and the specific guideline found in the Clinical Topics section of the MTUS or if the treatment is only addressed in the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines, then the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines shall apply.
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.
HISTORY
1. New section filed 6-18-2009; operative 7-18-2009 (Register 2009, No. 25).
2. Editorial correction of operative date in History 1 (Register 2009, No. 30).
3. Amendment filed 7-28-2016; operative 7-28-2016 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2016, No. 31).


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