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New York proposes allowing alternative treatments in comp


Bills allowing certain types of alternative medical treatment, including telemedicine counseling sessions, in workers compensation cases were introduced Thursday by New York lawmakers.

Assembly Bill 1014 would permit injured workers receiving comp benefits to participate in telehealth services for psychological testing, treatment and counseling by psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers.

A second measure, Assembly Bill 1204, would amend the state workers compensation law by authorizing treatment of worker injuries by occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants.

The assistants would be required to work under the direct supervision of licensed occupational and physical therapists.