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BWC changes to prospective rating for employers

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in updates

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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BWC Approves New Opioid Prescribing Rule

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in updates

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 on Apr 7, 2016 in updates

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 medications at this juncture is unclear.  As of now, these changes are only proposed and have not been codified into law. For the full story click...

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