What does CAAA's Regulations Committee do?
The attorneys who volunteer on the Regulations Committee do some of CAAA's most important work for the workers we represent.
Last month the committee completed a detailed review of the proposed amendments to the Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS) and submitted CAAA's formal comments on March 10, 2017.
CAAA pointed out the amendments do not comply with the definition of Evidence-Based Medicine ('EBM') which includes the use of clinical expertise of the physician and patient values, i.e. the injured worker's preference for one suggested treatment over another. Instead the proposed regulations treated EBM as if it was a simple cookbook where one just looks up the best available medical evidence and blindly follows it without adjusting for the preferences of the diner.
The Regulations Committee noted how the proposed regulations on the evidence needed to rebut the MTUS presumption of correctness required a higher quality level of evidence than that supporting the MTUS recommendation - instead of the same level. That's clearly unfair to injured workers.
To see in more detail the work of the Regulations Committee please check out the comments CAAA submitted to the proposed amendments to the MTUS here
In April CAAA's Regulations Committee will be continuing its work reviewing and preparing comments for the May 1 public hearing on the proposed formulary to be added to the MTUS.
If you ever find yourself thinking about how you would have done things differently and perhaps better... join a CAAA Committee and give us a hand.