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Ohio law firm challenges BWC’s privacy statute

Posted by dorfkalniz on Aug 23, 2016

An Ohio law firm, Bevan & Associates, is challenging Ohio’s statute that makes injured workers’ personal information private.  Previously, the names, claim numbers and addresses of injured workers were available to the public via a public records request.  The Ohio BWC changed the law making this information private with an exception for journalists.  The law firm apparently is using a “journalist” to get this now private information and is using it to solicit business by direct mailing advertisements to injured workers.  The law firm may argue that their advertising is commercial speech that is protected under the First Amendment...

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BWC changes to prospective rating for employers

Posted by dorfkalniz on Aug 18, 2016

According to the BWC website, the BWC began its switch to a prospective billing last year and now collects premiums upfront, an insurance industry standard practice. The new system has allowed BWC to reduce base rates and offer employers more flexible payment options while allowing employers to better forecast their workers’ compensation costs.  For the full story click...

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Ohio BWC IT upgrade costs much more than expected with significant delays.

Posted by dorfkalniz on Aug 18, 2016

The Ohio BWC began a project to upgrade its system in 2013 and hired a company called CGI.  Has gone way over budget and taken much longer than anticipated to complete.  The project has also been criticized as being rewarded to a large political donor.  For the full story click...

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BWC Approves New Opioid Prescribing Rule

Posted by dorfkalniz on Aug 18, 2016

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors approved a new opioid prescribing rule aimed at preventing opioid dependence and encouraging physicians to employ current best medical practices when treating injured workers with opioids. If approved the rule could become effective as of October 1, 2016.  See Ohio BWC Website Summary...

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Ohio BWC to attempt to codify opioid medication necessity standards.

Posted by dorfkalniz on Apr 7, 2016

The Ohio BWC is proposing changes to the Ohio Administrative Code to reduce the number of injured workers eligible to receive opioid medications for pain related to work injuries.  The impetus for this change stems from a cost savings standpoint as well as an attempt to reduce potential addiction/abuse.  The proposed standard for the narcotic medication is the doctor must explain why the injured worker has a “clinically meaningful improvement in function” with the opioid medication to justify ongoing use of the medications.  As to how this nebulous standard is met by the injured worker in need of these...

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Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator, Stephen Buehrer to resign.

Posted by dorfkalniz on Apr 7, 2016

Stephen Buehrer, the Ohio BWC’s administrator is resigning his position as of April 15, 2016.  News sources say that he is leaving to go to work for a private law firm.  His interim replace is Sarah Morrison, Ohio BWC’s chief legal officer. For the full story click...

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