While workers' compensation laws vary from state to state, ACA provides members with information that can assist in navigating the often confusing workers' compensation system. Federal Workers' Compensation, and information about the guidelines many workers' compensation departments are beginning to utilize when reviewing claims.
For information on travel-to-treat regulations, please visit the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards' website at www.fclb.org. Select "Directory" from the toolbar, then select "US Boards" from the left hand toolbar. Finally, choose your state from the listing of states. Once you are directed to your state's scope of practice, scroll down to "Other Reference Information" to find travel-to-treat regulatory information.
Federal Workers' Compensation
At the September 2007 meeting of the ACA House of Delegates (HOD), the HOD voted to dedicate more resources to addressing concerns with the Federal Workers' Compensation system. Due to the procedures that must be followed, achieving success in our attempts to make changes to these federal regulations is a slow process. As such, the current regulations must still be followed when treating individuals covered by Federal Workers' Compensation. Before treating Federal Workers' Compensation patients, please be sure to read ACA's overview of the Federal Workers' Compensation System.
Guidelines and Workers' Compensation
In the past few years, many state workers' compensation departments have adopted guidelines to be employed by claims reviewers when handling workers' compensation cases. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) guidelines and the Official Disability Guidelines are two sets of guidelines which have been adopted by a number of states. The benefit, validity and applicability of these guidelines has been questioned in different ways by many individuals. If your state workers' compensation department is considering the adoption of these or other guidelines, it may be beneficial to share some of the information found below: