Workers Comp


June 7th, 2017

New Ohio Opioid Prescribing Rules Help Employers Fight Addiction

Article by Brad Sinnott and Rosemary Welsh The Ohio Workers’ Compensation system is a part of the opioid crisis in Ohio because injured workers have a very high level of opioid use. But rules governing the prescription of opioids give employers a powerful tool to combat the development of opioid addiction. An important rule that became […]

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May 18th, 2017

Program Compatibility

With the discount program deadlines coming up, it seems like a good time to include a chart showing the compatibility of the BWC discount programs, such as ISSP and TWB, with the various BWC alternative rating programs, such as Group Rating and Group Retrospective Rating. Please keep in mind that certain Destination Excellence discounts are […]

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May 18th, 2017

Cost Containment Strategies – Lump Sum Settlement

In March, we explained a cost containment strategy called handicap reimbursement. This month we offer information about another cost inhibitor we have in our arsenal, which is a lump sum settlement (LSS). An LSS is an agreement between the employer, injured worker, and the BWC for a lump sum payment to settle one or more workers’ […]

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May 17th, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Please note these upcoming dates and deadlines in May and June: May 31, 2017 Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) application deadline for a 7/1 start date Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) application deadline for a 7/1 start date Application deadline for the Transitional Work Bonus (TWB) for a 7/1 start date June 30, 2017 Deadline to […]

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April 24th, 2017

Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity

Commentary From CareWorks Medical Director Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, MD “Healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity” Hippocrates Today’s 21st century medicine is really amazing, with newer diagnostic techniques and more extensive surgical procedures than ever before. We view joints with conventional X-rays, MRI’s and Arthrograms, searching hard to […]

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April 12th, 2017

Billion Back Rebate

You may have heard this good news – BWC is proposing to once again return over $1 billion dollars to private and public employers! If the rebate is approved at the end of the month by the BWC Board of Directors, the rebates will be given in July*.  Here are the highlights: This is a […]

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April 12th, 2017

Attitude and Culture Can Impact Workplace Safety and Sensibility

During many years of working in an office environment, we have noticed something that still amazes us; it only takes one person to influence the mood and attitude of everyone else around them, whether positively or negatively. If one person arrives to work in the morning cheerful (presumably, full of coffee!) and with an enthusiastic […]

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March 23rd, 2017

One of My Employees is Injured. What Do I Do?

Employers of all industries and sizes face unique occupational hazards and varying levels of risk that their employees will experience an on-the-job injury.  Whether you are in a relatively low-risk industry or one that has a higher probability of injury, having an effective injury reporting process in place is critical to minimizing operational disruptions, as […]

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March 23rd, 2017

BWC proposes another $1 billion workers’ comp rebate

Rebates and rate cuts since 2011 total $6 billion Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today proposed a $1 billion rebate for Ohio’s private and public employers, the third such rebate since 2013. Morrison announced the proposal with Gov. John Kasich at Dynamit, a downtown Columbus company that creates web and mobile […]

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March 16th, 2017

Cost Containment Strategies – Handicap Reimbursement

In an effort to keep you in the loop on what goes on behind the scenes here, for the next few months we thought we would share our commitment and approach toward different cost-containment strategies. One such claims cost inhibitor that we employ is filing for a handicap reimbursement. Handicap Reimbursement is a program that […]

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