Ohio Workers’ Compensation System Preparing For Changes

by | January 25th, 2013

January 25, 2013

In an effort to improve the quality of Healthcare injured workers from the state of Ohio receive; the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is implementing several changes to their systems. An article from WorkersCompensation.com discussed these changes in detail and how they will affect the citizens of Ohio.

One of the recent changes includes expanding the rules regarding which types of providers can treat a worker who has been hurt. As of the beginning of the New Year, adult day care facilities, anesthesiologist assistants, independent diagnostic facilities, and sleep laboratories are among just a few of the new treatment options that will be covered by Ohio Workers’ Compensation. Experts say allowing injured workers to seek alternative treatment options will be a key component to getting injured workers back on the job sooner.

Another major change came in the form of creating more stringent certification requirements for providers to meet.  This means that providers will undergo a more extensive check of their credentials before being approved to offer treatments to patients receiving workers compensation benefits. Furthermore, decertification protocols are also being strengthened.

Experts say adopting the changes could potentially lower Ohio Workers’ Compensation costs by simply providing more treatment options to those who are injured.

The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize the need to improve the efficiency of the Ohio Workers’ Compensation system and hope these changes will improve the services that workers in the state receive.