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NYPTA recently submitted additional comments to the NYS Workers' Compensation Board regarding a change in visit/time restrictions for the physical medicine guidelines.  The deadline for comments on the second iteration of the proposed changes has now been reached and we are awaiting the Board’s final proposal.  Once we receive that, we will be able to advise our members exactly what changes have been made.  




NYPTA’s advocacy to increase workers’ compensation rates for PT services has entered a critical new phase with the launch of a campaign designed to raise public awareness of PT services as an effective alternative to prescription opioids. As NYPTA has steadfastly maintained, research has proven PT services to be a clinically effective and cost effective alternative to prescription opioid use.


The launch of the public campaign follows weeks of advocacy by NYPTA and its membership that generated numerous public comment submissions to the state Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). To see NYPTA’s formal comments on the proposed rate changes, click here. The rate schedule proposal is pending with the WCB, and a final schedule is expected to be released in October.


The implications of the comp rate increase extend far beyond just workers’s comp payments, however, given that many commercial insurers use the state’s workers’ comp rates as a basis for their own rate schedules.


The public campaign, which is supported by AiPT, features statewide targeted digital ads and radio ads in the Albany, NY market. The campaign seeks to educate the public and lawmakers about NYPTA’s “Injured Worker Opioid Alternative Initiative.” At the core of the plan is an increase to the current worker’s comp PT rate schedule, and an increase to the RVU cap on follow-up PT services. The RVU cap currently in place artificially limits the amount of care that injured workers can receive, which is a key factor driving New York’s injured worker opioid utilization rates far higher than the national average.


Other states, including Colorado and Washington, have employed similar means to incentive PT as an opioid alternative and have been successful in significantly lowering the number of opioid prescriptions written for injured workers, reducing not only opioid drug costs, but lowering the incidence of opioid addiction, abuse and overdose.


Governor Cuomo has been a vocal champion in New York’s efforts to fight opioid abuse. NYPTA’s advertising campaign seeks to encourage the Governor to add the “Injured Worker Opioid Alternative Initiative” to the list of his administration’s accomplishments in reducing the over-reliance on these addictive substances. 

In The News


NYPTA Executive Director Kelly Garceau and Public Policy Committee member Brendan Sullivan were recently interviewed on Spectrum TV's "Capital Tonight" - one of New York's most watched political news programs.  The interview features NYPTA's "Injured Worker Opioid Alternative Initiative."  To view the segment go to:


Additional coverage of the initiative was published in the Albany Times Union at:



NYPTA Comment Letter


Click here to view the NYPTA Comment Letter sent to the Workers Compensation Board on July 9, 2018.



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