Treatment guidelines and protocols are used to evaluate if an injured worker's proposed treatment is medically reasonable and necessary. They give guidance to clinicians, insurers, and others about appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment. Members of the Health Care Services Board (HCSB) draft the guidelines. The full HCSB board votes to endorse the guidelines after soliciting and considering public comment. Thereafter, the DIA director adopts the guideline/protocol. Guidelines are not mandates and it is expected that up to 10% of treatment may deviate from the recommendations in the guidelines/protocols.
Massachusetts treatment guidelines and protocols for injured workers
The Department of Industrial Accidents' (DIA) treatment guidelines and protocols cover the majority of tests and treatments for work-related injuries.
Table of Contents
Index of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents' (DIA) Treatment Guidelines/Protocols for Injured Workers
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgical Treatment Guideline
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Treatment Guideline
Cervical Radiculopathy/Single Nerve Root Entrapment Surgical Treatment Guideline
Chronic Neuromuscolo-Skeletal Injury Conservative Treatment Guideline
Chronic Pain Treatment Guideline
General Acupuncture Protocol
Knee Injury Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgical Treatment Guideline
Knee Injury Conservative Treatment Guideline
Knee Injury Patella Tendon Re-Alignment Maquet Procedure Surgical Guideline
Neck and Back Injuries Conservative Treatment Guidelines
Occupational Asthma Treatment Guideline
Opioid Controlled Substance Protocol
Shoulder Injury Treatment Guidelines (Revised October 14, 2015)
Single Lumbar Spinal Nerve Root Entrapment Conservative Treatment Guideline
Single Lumbar Spinal Nerve Root Entrapment Surgical Treatment Guideline
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