New York: Board issues certification reminder
The Workers' Compensation Board reminded each carrier and self-insured employer to certify by April 1 and that they incorporate the medical treatment guidelines into their policies, procedures, and practices.
Carriers and self-insured employers must also re-certify to the incorporation of the guidelines and regulatory provisions within 60 days of any changes to their policies, procedures, and practices. The certification can be completed by the company's designated administrator on the board's website. Also, starting June 1, a carrier or self-insured employer can no longer decide on a case-by-case basis whether to waive its right to expedited hearings and request resolution by a medical arbitrator. The company must either select the hearing process or medical arbitrator for all claims involving variance requests. To select the medical arbitrator, the administrator must check the box waiving the right to a hearing on the administrator page of the board's website.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
April 21, 2011
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