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SIS and Other Societies Submit Comments to California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation

Tuesday, March 14, 2017  

On March 10, 2017, SIS, along with several other Multi-society Pain Workgroup (MPW) member associations and physicians from several academic pain programs in the State of California, sent a joint comment letter to California’s Division Of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to help injured workers in the State of California maintain access to many effective interventional therapies.

The DWC proposes to amend the chronic pain chapter of its Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS), adopting ill-informed guidelines from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), which will result in the elimination of access to spinal cord stimulation/neurostimulation and other interventional therapies that have been proven to reduce or eliminate pain and improve function with no or minimal adverse events.

The letter covers the history of a similar proposal the DWC rejected in 2015, and appendices also include evidence tables.

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