The California Division of Workers Compensation on Tuesday said medical providers who treat injured California workers may have free online access to state drug forms and treatment guidelines.
Free access to the state's health care utilization schedule comes almost one year after the state launched its comprehensive form, which links to drugs affected by injured workers. Previously, the cost of accessing the system was $ 100 for an annual membership according to information on the Reed Group website, which monitors the form.
"Medical providers in California should ensure that treatment decisions for injured workers are based on best available evidence," said George Parisotto, the division's executive director, in a statement. "By providing these guidelines for free, we remove barriers that we expect to improve the quality of care and reduce the friction of the application assessment process."
Licensed healthcare providers who treat injured in California will be able to seek out the latest evidence-based recommendations incorporated into the state's MTUS. Suppliers who perform qualified medical evaluations, use assessments, or independent medical examinations can also sign up to use the online tool for free, according to the statement.