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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|What is the conversion factor for outpatient therapy services?||Not applicable||Fee schedule provided, see Hospital & medical fee schedules, then on the right, select X0000-X9999 for the RI WC Specific rates||www.risingms.com/RIFee/Pages/default.aspx|
|What is the basis of the fee schedule for outpatient therapy services?||Other||State-specific local codes (X7001-x7005); see Hospital & medical fee schedules, then select physical and occupational therapy for the codes, and on the right, select X0000-X9999 for the RI WC Specific rates||www.risingms.com/RIFee/Pages/default.aspx|
|Are there limits on the number of physical therapy visits allowed?||Yes||Approval required after 9 visits (General Therapy Guidelines, number 4)||www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/workerscompensationcourt/MedicalAdvisoryBoard/Pages/Protocols.aspx|
|Are there limits on payment per visit for outpatient therapy services?||Unknown|
|Do regulations require use of treatment guidelines?||Yes||Multiple state-specific protocols
Therapy protocols also located in the Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Protocol Guidelines
|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 -||Per WCRI, can only be negotiated lower than published rates, but no citation noted||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?||No|
|Are there workers' compensation regulations about who can provide services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist?||Yes||Therapy treatments may be provided by licensed therapy assistants as directed by the licensed physical therapist or by therapy aides under supervision of the licensed physical therapist – see Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Protocols Guidelines.||www.courts.ri.gov/Courts/workerscompensationcourt/MedicalAdvisoryBoard/Pages/Protocols.aspx|
|Are there provider network and/or managed care regulations in place?||Yes||§ 28-33-8.1 Managed care programs||www.rilin.state.ri.us/statutes/title28/28-33/28-33-8.1.HTM|
|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)?||Yes||For fees, see: Medical & Hospital Fee Schedules (select Work hardening and functional capacity exam guidelines in the left column of the current fee schedule page)||www.risingms.com/RIFee/Pages/default.aspx|
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