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

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’ […]

Workers Comp 0
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

Farther Together. Faster Alone.

Father Together. Faster Alone. – African proverb On the hunt for a good quote for this May update, we came across this advice and it stuck with us all month. So many times we think, ‘I’ll just do it myself’, when in fact getting help from someone would have been a much better solution in […]

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May 17th, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Please note these upcoming dates and deadlines: August 30, 2017 Due date for the DFSP action plan (DFSP-5) for a 7/1 program start date. Please note this is for advanced level only. September 30, 2017 “Snapshot date” that BWC uses to capture costs in claims for the 2018 experience calculation.

Workers Comp 0
May 10th, 2017

OSHA Changes Direction and No Longer Allows Non-employee Union Reps on Safety Inspections

By: Mike Griffaton The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) no longer asserts that non-employee union representatives have the right to attend workplace safety inspections. OSHA’s position change is a victory for the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which had sued OSHA in federal district court in Texas over this policy. The Occupational Safety […]

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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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