Providers share tips and best practices

Recently, we received a comment on our blog from a provider who wants to learn how other providers deal with workers' compensation issues. We think this is a great idea and invite you to share your tips and tricks, processes, and best practices. This blog is a resource for all providers, and we hope you will take a moment to share your thoughts or to ask for advice if you need it. Our office is here to help, and we are a resource for you. Please contact us with any workers' compensation medical issues at 503-947-7606 or email

3 responses so far ↓

Desiree - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

My question is regarding the changes to the nerve conduction studies. If we do sensory nerve to the 1st and 3rd digits, is it considered 1 or 2 tests, the CPT book as well as the Appendix J does NOT clear this up.

FB - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Is massage therapy covered? If so, how many visits?

Myra @ WCD - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Yes, massage therapy can be covered by work comp. However, the massage therapist must follow the Oregon Medical Service Rules 436-010-0230 (

The massage therapy must be for the compensable injury and prescribed by the patient’s attending physician, authorized nurse practitioner, or specialist physician. The massage therapist must be licensed by the State Board of Massage Therapists for the state of Oregon, and must send a treatment plan to the work comp. insurer and prescribing provider within 7 days of beginning treatment. The treatment plan must include objectives, modalities, frequency of treatment, and duration. The number of visits would depend on the attending physician prescription and your treatment plan.

If the patient is enrolled in an Managed Care Organization (MCO) then the MCO contract applies. Hope this answers your question.

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