Reed Group to Provide NY Treatment Guidelines Navigation Software for Use by New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Personnel

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Reed Group®, publisher of the MDGuidelines return-to-work reference toolset, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to provide its MDGuidelines New York Medical Treatment Guidelines navigation software to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Reed Group’s software will be used by New York WCB personnel as they implement the recently announced New York State Workers’ Compensation Treatment Guidelines. Although the Board is not mandating or formally endorsing the use of Reed Group’s software by other stakeholders, Reed Group is making the software commercially available for use as a common platform to increase efficiencies and expedite communications between stakeholders while decreasing transactional processes and associated costs.

Reed Group®, publisher of the MDGuidelines return-to-work reference toolset, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to provide its MDGuidelines New York Medical Treatment Guidelines navigation software to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

Reed Group’s software will be used by New York WCB personnel as they implement the recently announced New York State Workers’ Compensation Treatment Guidelines. The software will include a digital “crosswalk” that will associate ICD and CPT codes to the language in the Guidelines and further link the CPT codes to the New York State Fee Schedule.

Although the Board is not mandating or formally endorsing the use of Reed Group’s software by other stakeholders, Reed Group is making the software commercially available for use as a common platform to increase efficiencies and expedite communications between stakeholders while decreasing transactional processes and associated costs.

“The key to rapid and successful adoption of state guidelines is to make it easy to incorporate them into everyone’s daily workflow,” says Reed Group President, Guidelines Jon Seymour, M.D. “Our new software does exactly that, and we’re pleased to provide the option of a common platform that all New York workers’ compensation stakeholders can use.”

Stakeholders who may benefit from the software include insurance carriers, third party administrators, employers, medical providers who treat New York workers’ compensation patients, government agencies and attorneys.

The New York Treatment Guidelines will go into effect on December 1, 2010. More information on the Guidelines and on free training to help stakeholders learn the new forms and procedures is available at the New York WCB website.

For further information or a demonstration of the MDGuidelines New York Medical Treatment Guidelines tools, contact Reed Group’s Keith Mayers at 800-347-7443 or kmayers(at)reedgroup(dot)com. Or contact Reed Group’s Ken Eichler at 917-270-3921 or keichler(at)reedgroup(dot)com.

Interested parties also can follow new developments and find tips on adopting the NY guidelines on Reed Group’s blog Solutions at Work as well as on Twitter at @ReedGrp and @MDGuidelines.

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Reed Group® is the world’s most trusted source of return-to-work information, helping companies improve employee absence outcomes. Reed Group’s data, tools, customized solutions, and case management services help reduce absence incidence and duration, and get employees back to normal, healthy lives and full productivity. Reed Group is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. More information at http://www.reedgroup.com and http://www.mdguidelines.com.

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