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This summary sets forth various workers' compensation regulations regarding outpatient physical therapy services. The Workers' Compensation State Regulations resource may serve as a tool to assist in locating regulations. Please send database comments and corrections to

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Question Response Detail Citation
What is the conversion factor for outpatient therapy services? Not reported Regional conversion factors by zip code. OptumInsight maintains/sells outpatient fee schedule - see Physical Medicine chapter of NYS WC Physician Fee Schedule  
What is the basis of the fee schedule for outpatient therapy services? State Relative Value Relative values established by the state  
Are there limits on the number of physical therapy visits allowed? Yes Per medical treatment guidelines
Are there limits on payment per visit for outpatient therapy services? Yes When multiple physical medicine procedures and/or modalities are performed on the same day, reimbursement is limited to 12.0 RVUs per patient per accident or illness or the amount billed, whichever is less.

Note: When a patient receives physical medicine procedures and/or modalities from more than one provider, the patient is may not receive more than 12.0 RVUs per day per accident or illness from all providers
Medical Fee Schedule
Do regulations require use of treatment guidelines? Yes State specific; adapted from ODG, ACOEM, WA: for neck, mid/low back, shoulder, knee (CTS in draft Jan 2012)
Is a referral required in order to see a physical therapist? Yes Must be referred by treating physician Workers' compensation medical cost containment: A national inventory, 2011 (WCRI report WC-11-35, April 2011)
Can outpatient fees be negotiated above or below the fee schedule? 1 Yes + / - Can be negotiated above or below published rate Workers' compensation medical cost containment: A national inventory, 2011 (WCRI report WC-11-35, April 2011)
Can the injured worker be charged for any claim-related services? Yes If a claim is denied and the injured worker has signed an A-9 form, the injured worker is responsible for payment. A-9 is recommended on all claims
Are there workers' compensation regulations about who can provide services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist? Yes Only licensed physical therapists can provide treatment to injured workers in NYS: see Title 12 NYCRR, Chapter V, Subchapter F, part 349-1.1
Are there provider network and/or managed care regulations in place? Yes WCL 350-Article 10-A

NYCRR Title 12, Chapter V, Subchapter C Part 325-8

NYCRR Title 10 Chapter V, Subchapter C, Article 4, Part 732
Article 10A (select Title number)
Are there regulations that address which fee schedule applies if an injured worker from this state seeks treatment in another state? Yes State of residence fee schedule will apply (if reside and treat out of state, the out of state FS applies; if reside in NYS and treat out of state, NYS FS applies)
Are there regulations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)? Yes NYS Medical Fee Schedule

1 While some states use a mandatory fee schedule, many states have provisions for fees to be negotiated above or below the published fee schedule. "Yes + / - " indicates that fees can be negotiated above or below the fee schedule. "Yes -" indicates that fees can only be negotiated below the fee schedule.

The following payer types conduct business in this state.
Private Carriers - Yes
Self-insured Employers or Groups - Yes
Competitive State Fund - Yes
Exclusive State Fund - No
State Comp Fund (last resort) - No