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 and dedicates his practice 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 2016-2019 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or