Official Disability Guidelines (ODG)

The Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) are an extensive resource that can streamline communications between medical provider offices and Summit. ODG can also help keep providers in compliance with some states workers’ compensation statutes and regulations.

Why go with ODG?

It's evidence-based

  • ODG is based on broad and ongoing medical literature review.
  • Each recommendation is linked to supporting medical evidence.
  • The return-to-work guidelines are based on more than 10 million cases and actual workers’ compensation claims.

It's comprehensive

  • The guidelines cover conditions that represent more than 99 percent of workers’ compensation costs.
  • The procedure summaries cover nearly every treatment that may be performed for those conditions, along with links to scientific evidence.
  • The return-to-work guidelines cover every reportable condition (all ICD9 and ICD10 diagnosis codes).

It's current

ODG is continually updated to reflect the findings of new studies as they are conducted and released.

It's objective

The Work Loss Data Institute—the group that maintains ODG—does not represent the interests of any one medical group. It is an independent group that includes all medical specialties, so the guidelines are widely accepted. (ODG has been adopted in many states—more than any other set of guidelines.)

It's accessible

ODG subscribers can access the guidelines online or via the mobile application. ODG training is readily available. The Work Loss Data Institute has created a free, 60-minute demo called ODG: Good to Go! that includes sections on return-to-work guidelines, activity modification and much more. To access the demo, visit

Live demonstrations of ODG can be scheduled upon request, and a toll-free Help Desk is available from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) at 1-800-488-5548 or via email at