New Program Aims to Reduce Paperwork and Wait Times for Injured Workers in Ohio

by | August 17th, 2015

One of the goals of the Ohio workers’ compensation program is to provide injured employees with access to, and assistance with, quality health care in a timely manner. One of the ways the state is hoping to better achieve this goal is by implementing a new pilot program in northeastern counties.

Our Cleveland workers’ compensation attorneys at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain the Enhanced Care Program aims to reduce the amount of time it takes to get an injured worker diagnosed and treated. The program would reduce the amount of paperwork that is necessary to treat a patient filing an Ohio workers’ compensation claim. With less time being spent on administrative duties, patients can be treated more quickly. This allows them to heal faster and possible return to their jobs faster.

According to an article from the Akron Beacon Journal, experts believe the new system could reduce the duration the typical injured worker is off the job by five to eight days for minor injuries, and between 20 to 25 days from more serious injuries. Getting employees back on the job sooner means less frustration for injured workers and reduced costs in claim processing as well.

The pilot program has launched in 16 counties and will continue for the next six months. Experts believe as many as 500 cases will go through the pilot program and those results will be used to determine its effectiveness.

Getting injured workers the care they deserve is a top priority for our Cleveland personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy. That’s why we’re hopeful the new pilot program is a success.