Authorization for Treatment


TO: Commissioners, District Administrators, Self-Insureds, Insurance Carriers, Attorneys, Unions, Medical Practitioners, and Advisory Board Members
FROM: John A. Mastropietro, Chairman
DATE: February 1, 2001
RE: Authorization for Treatment


Your attention is directed to Memorandum 98-08, which was issued on May 27, 1998, concerning authorized physicians and treatment that may be rendered. It has been brought to my attention by the Commissioners that this memorandum is not being followed as frequently as required. Please accept this reminder that adherence to said memorandum is required and that failure to adhere will result in whatever sanctions the presiding Commissioner deems appropriate pursuant to statute.

For your convenience, Memorandum 98-08 is restated as follows:

Once a physician is authorized to treat a patient under the Workers’ Compensation Act, the physician may continue to treat the claimant without certification as long as the treatment is within the guidelines of the medical protocols. Copies of the medical protocols may be obtained from the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s Education Services at 1-800-223-WORK.

Authorization to treat a claimant presumes that the patient and physician are in compliance with Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission law and its administrative regulations.