Medical Treatment Guidelines

  Treatment Guidelines Announcement  

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is announcing free in-person training sessions for the newly adopted Treatment Guidelines including the Drug Formulary:

  • Knoxville: March 21 and March 22
  • Kingsport: March 23 and March 24
  • Jackson: March 29
  • Chattanooga: April 5
  • Memphis: TBA
  • Nashville: March 31 and April 4

Please call Suzy Douglas at (615) 532-1326 or e-mail at for times, locations, parking instructions and to register.

A session similar to these live sessions may be viewed at: In addition, if you are a subscriber to ODG®, they have a one hour tutorial under “Good to Go.’”

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has adopted the Work Loss Data Institute ODG® Guidelines for the criteria used to determine the recommended treatments for injured workers in the state of Tennessee.  The Treatment Guidelines are guidelines and not mandates, so that their use after January 1, 2016 is appropriate and supports their intended goal of an accessible, transparent and single reference for judging the medical necessity of the recommended treatments. 

For subscription information to the complete ODG®, which includes data on return to work, ICD-9,  ICD-10, CPT coding and cross references, cost and claim data, and criteria for treatment considerations, go to:  An abbreviated version of some of the treatment guidelines is available free at the National Clearinghouse:

Tennessee Specific Comments and Advisories to the ODG® Treatment Guidelines:

At the direction of the Administrator, the Medical Director may, from time to time, post considered comments and observations about the ODG® Treatment Guidelines from Tennessee physicians, chiropractors, providers and specialists.  These are intended to facilitate conversation about the best practices and treatments for injured workers in this state. These comments and observations are to be considered by Utilization Review Organizations and physician reviewers in making decision concerning Tennessee Injured Workers whose diagnoses are affected.  Please forward any comments or suggestions to the Medical Director.

View information about the Drug Formulary.

Need More Help?

If you have additional questions, please call 615-532-4812 or 800-332-2667 or contact us by email at Find out about other available assistance programs by contacting an ombudsman