This free, 90-minute course is produced in partnership with, and hosted by, the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC).
About the Course
Physicians treating in the California workers' compensation system are required to follow the evidence-based recommendations in the DWC medical treatment utilization schedule (MTUS).
Learn about the MTUS, and why it is vitally important to the care of your patients. This course is designed for treating physicians, qualified medical examiners, physician reviewers, other health care providers, and anyone else interested in learning how to use the MTUS. It may also be useful for attorneys and claims administrators.
At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
- Define what the MTUS is and why it is vitally important to the care of your patients.
- Identify the guidelines in the MTUS and how to locate them.
- Use the MTUS-ACOEM guidelines and register for your free access.
- Use recommendations found in the MTUS-ACOEM guidelines for your patients’ treatment.
- Describe the MTUS Drug Formulary, how it is structured, its scope, and its application.
- Apply the MTUS Medical Evidence Search Sequence when considering recommendations found outside of the MTUS-ACOEM guidelines.
- Produce required citations and clinical documentation to support your treatment requests.
- Describe the methodology used by Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review physicians to evaluate conflicting recommendations.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) and State of California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers' Compensation.
The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 1.5 contact hours.
No individuals involved in the planning or presentation of this activity have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.