Drug Formulary Update and Medical Marijuana Clarification

Board Announcements

September 1, 2021

Regulations regarding the New York Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary (Drug Formulary) that were adopted by the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) Chair and published in the September 1, 2021, State Register will be deferred from September 1, 2021, and will coincide with the launch of OnBoard: Limited Release, the first phase of the Workers’ Compensation Board’s new business information system. Those regulations include the following:

  • The Drug Formulary drug list
  • Setting a new effective date for compliance with the Drug Formulary for refills and renewals (previously delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • To clarify that a medical marijuana prior authorization request (PAR) will no longer be submitted via the existing variance request process but will instead be submitted within OnBoard: Limited Release as a “Medication PAR” (although the criteria needed for approval will remain the same)

The Board is committed to giving stakeholders a four-week notification of the implementation date of OnBoard: Limited Release.

Resources

Drug Formulary

Visit the Board’s website for more information about the Drug Formulary.

OnBoard

Visit the OnBoard section of the Board’s website for more information on the project, including information about OnBoard: Limited Release, frequently asked questions, and more.

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