DWC Final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) Regulations, With Opioid Treatment Guidelines, Now in Effect

Now in effect: Division of Workers’ Compensation final Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) regulations with opioid treatment guidelines.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s (DWC) final version of the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) regulations that updates the Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines and adopts Opioids Treatment Guidelines.

Following national reports of opioid misuse, DWC proposed issuing guidelines and began the process with a forum for public comment in 2014. The guidelines that have been added to the MTUS provide best practices in appropriately treating injured workers while also enhancing safety in using these medications to manage pain.

“We welcome this update and addition to the MTUS. The information in these Guidelines should aid in the provision of safer and more effective care for California’s injured workers,” said DWC Executive Medical Director Dr. Raymond Meister.

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