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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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Key Resources/Links

Department of Employment Services, Office of Workers' Compensation 

Contact Information:
Phone 202/671-1000

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Other:  Workers' Compensation Act
  See: Division V, Title 32 Labor, Chapter 15 Workers’ Compensation (section 1507 regarding Medical services, supplies and insurance)

  See: 7-212 regarding Medical services and supplies 

Therapy Regulations

Question  Response  Detail  Citation 
What is the conversion factor for outpatient therapy services? 113% of Medicare Percentage of Medicare Division V, Title 32, Chapter 15 (DC ST § 32-1507, (a-1)(5) 
What is the basis of the fee schedule for outpatient therapy services? RBRVS 113% of Medicare; DC ST § 32-1507(a-1)(5) Div V, Title 32, Ch 15, section 1507 
Are there limits on the number of physical therapy visits allowed? No Per DC ST § 32-1507(6) May be subject to utilization review 
Are there limits on payment per visit for outpatient therapy services? No    
Do regulations require use of treatment guidelines? No    
Is a referral required in order to see a physical therapist? Unknown    
Can outpatient fees be negotiated above or below the fee schedule? 1  No    
Can the injured worker be charged for any claim-related services? No Rule 7-212 Medical Services and Supplies (8) 
Are there workers' compensation regulations about who can provide services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist? No    
Are there provider network and/or managed care regulations in place? No    
Are there regulations that address which fee schedule applies if an injured worker from this state seeks treatment in another state? No    
Are there regulations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)? No    

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 - No
Exclusive State Fund - No
State Comp Fund (last resort) - No