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The California Division of Workers’ Compensation on Tuesday said medical providers who treat injured California workers can have free online access to the state’s drug formulary and treatment guidelines.
Free access to the state’s medical treatment utilization schedule comes almost a year after the state launched its comprehensive formulary, which links drugs with ailments suffered by injured workers. Previously, the cost to access the system was $100 for an annual membership, according to information on the website for Reed Group, which oversees the formulary.
“Medical providers in California should ensure that treatment decisions for injured workers are based on the best available evidence,” said George Parisotto, the division’s administrative director, in a statement. “By providing these guidelines free of charge, we are removing barriers that we expect will improve quality of care and reduce friction in the utilization review process.”
Licensed health care providers who treat California injured workers will be able to search the latest evidence-based recommendations incorporated into the State’s MTUS. Providers who perform qualified medical evaluations, utilization review or independent medical review can also register to use the online tool free of charge, according to the statement.
California’s 6-year-old independent medical review program for workers compensation claims could be a solution to keeping Florida’s workers compensation costs low, according to a report released Tuesday by Florida TaxWatch.