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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

Workers' Compensation Commission (WCC)

Contact Information:  
South Carolina WC Contacts
Insurance and Medical Services Contacts 

News & Updates:
See "What's New" on WCC Website  

Medical Services Division (Order Medical Services Provider Manual here )
  Regulations (See: Article 13)


Therapy Regulations

Question  Response  Detail  Citation 
What is the conversion factor for outpatient therapy services? Not reported Fee schedule available for purchase, $75. Order from WCC 
What is the basis of the fee schedule for outpatient therapy services? RBRVS Article 13, SC code of regulations 67-1302. Maximum Allowable Payments to Medical Practitioners 
Are there limits on the number of physical therapy visits allowed? Yes Services require prior authorization per section 7 of Medical Services Provider Manual, page 556; manual ordered from WCC 
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? Yes Chapter 23, general policy Medical Services Provider Manual 
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? No    
Are there provider network and/or managed care regulations in place? Yes Regulation 67-1307/1308 
Are there regulations that address which fee schedule applies if an injured worker from this state seeks treatment in another state? No South Carolina fee schedule applies  
Are there regulations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)? Yes South Carolina Medical Fee Schedule Section 7 - Physical Medicine  

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) - Yes