Hearing on Oklahoma's Opioid Treatment Guidelines Set for Oct. 12

The Physician Advisory Committee to Oklahoma's Workers Compensation Court has set an Oct. 12 public hearing to take comments about its proposed Treatment Guidelines for Upper Extremity Treatment and proposed changes to the Guidelines for Prescription of Opioid Medications for Acute and Chronic Pain. The hearing will take place at the court's offices in Oklahoma City. The changes in the medication guidelines state that licensed psychologists may perform initial evaluation and treatment of injured workers and also administer and interpret psychometric tests, where the current guidelines do not mention they must be licensed. Licensed Clinical Social Workers also would be permitted to perform initial evaluation and treatment.

The guideline explains the safeguards and assessments to be used when prescribing opioids for acute or chronic pain. The practitioner and the injured worker must together sign a treatment agreement explaining the risks, and the guidelines say relevant clinical or laboratory studies, including drug screens, should be done randomly up to three times annually and/or as indicated.

Written comments may be submitted to the Physician Advisory Committee, c/o Bill Wiles, Workers Compensation Court, 1915 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. The guidelines are available at www.owcc.state.ok.us/index.htm. The court administers the state's Workers' Compensation Act, determining claims for compensation and also employer and insurer liability.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus