STATE OF CONNECTICUT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION
MEDICAL PROTOCOLS: INTRODUCTION
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1996 – REVISIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 – UPDATED JULY 1, 2013
Workers’ Compensation Medical Protocols first became effective on January 1, 1996 as a result of legislative changes to Section 31-280 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. 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 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.
In consultation with practitioners, insurers, and the Medical Advisory Panel, new Medical Protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment became effective in 2016 to assist practitioners in effective pain management for injuries occurring within the workers’ compensation arena.
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- February 15, 2016: Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment
- November 1, 2015:Cervical Spine & Lumbar Spine
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The Workers’ Compensation Medical Protocols will continually be revised and updated, as appropriate.The WCC advises practitioners, insurers, and other concerned parties to periodically check for announcements of revisions and updates on the WCC website:
Check the Commission’s website at: wcc.state.ct.us. To view the protocol document in its entirety, please visit http://wcc.state.ct.us/download/acrobat/protocols.pdf