By Brian Allen, VP of Government Affairs
On October 17, 2018, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) released a revised version of their drug formulary rule. The initial draft was released for public comment last December and the WCB has been evaluating comments and making adjustments since then. The release of this rule has been highly anticipated.
The revised rule is significantly different from the initially proposed draft and, if adopted, would make New York unique in its approach to a workers’ compensation drug formulary. The proposed formulary is much more complex than those seen in other states. There is, therefore, some concern that the complexity could lead to confusion and defeat the WCB’s original rule update purpose. Despite the complexity, there are some positive provisions in the revised draft.