MEMORANDUM NO. 2016-01
WCC Medical Protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment - Effective February 15, 2016
|TO:||WCC Commissioners, District Administrators, Advisory Board, Legal Advisory Panel, Medical Advisory Panel, Medical Practitioners, Medical Care Plans, Self-Insureds, Insurance Carriers, Attorneys, and Unions|
|FROM:||John A. Mastropietro, Chairman|
|DATE:||January 7, 2016|
|RE:||WCC Medical Protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment - Effective February 15, 2016|
In consultation with practitioners, insurers and the Medical Advisory Panel, medical protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment are being implemented.
These protocols are not meant to be absolute. There must be room for medical judgment. Medical providers are urged to contact the insurer if they feel that a treatment pattern other than the published protocol is required. It is expected that the payer will work with the provider to ensure that the injured worker receives the most appropriate treatment.
These protocols will be used by the Commission to evaluate whether a treatment is reasonable and appropriate based on the diagnosis of injury or illness. The effective date of these protocols is February 15, 2016.
We are grateful to the medical professionals who have spent and continue to spend many hours working with us to bring the most appropriate and the highest standard of care to injured workers in Connecticut.
The protocols can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/WCC/publications/professional-guides/protocols.pdf.