Carriers must identify 'Qualified Employee.'

Under the new medical treatment guidelines recently adopted by the NY WCB and coming into effect on December 1, 2010, carriers must identify a “qualified employee” in its office whom the treating medical provider and WCB can contact in relation to a variance request.

Put simply, a variance request is where a medical provider is asking for authorization to depart from the medical treatment guidelines in case of emergency or medical plateau without improvement.

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Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC, a 19-attorney law firm dedicated to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@lois-llc.com