BWC Begins Open Enrollment Today for MCOs
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The open enrollment period for Ohio employers to select organizations to manage medical treatment for their workers injured on the job begins today and continues through May 27.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers an open enrollment period every two years to allow employers to evaluate the services of their current MCO and determine if they would like to make a change.
“Open enrollment is an opportunity for employers to make a selection that will best serve their needs and support the health and safety of their workforce,” said BWC’s acting administrator/CEO, Sarah Morrison. “I encourage employers to carefully review their options and make an informed decision in order to develop a strong partnership with their MCO and BWC to help their injured workers get back to work as safely and quickly as possible.”
BWC partners with a network of 15 MCOs that are the primary link between injured workers, medical providers, employers and the bureau. MCOs manage claim filing and medical treatment and assist employers with the implementation of recovery and return-to-work programs. Employers satisfied with their MCO do not need to do anything. However, those considering a change can complete the MCO Selection Form online here, or download and print a blank form here, complete it and mail or fax it to BWC.
BWC produces the MCO selection guide that provides instructions, and an MCO report card that provides performance information intended to help employers with the selection process. These measures include quality medical management statistics BWC uses to evaluate the return-to-work services and quality of medical management the MCOs provide to injured workers. The guide and report card are available at bwc.ohio.gov.
For employers who select a new MCO, the change will be effective July 4.
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