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March 2019 BWC News for Public Employers from CareWorks Comp

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  ~Thomas A. Edison

Important Deadlines:

        March 15, 2019:  Individual Retrospective annual statements mailed from previous policy year (approximate date).

        March 31, 2019:  Snapshot date for 2020 experience calculation

Who is Your CareWorks Comp Claims Examiner? 

CareWorks Comp has a team of professional associates who can help you manage your workers’ compensation program.  One of the most important team members is your Claims Examiner.  Located in our Dublin, Ohio, office, our Claims Examiners are there to help our clients navigate the entire BWC claims process.  Consider your Claims Examiner as your day-to-day contact for claims management. Your claims examiner can answer questions such as:  Should you certify a claim?  What is the Additional Allowance that the injured worker is asking for?  What is the Industrial Commission Hearing about for an upcoming hearing?  How will a Lump Sum Settlement affect a claim and your EMR rating?  Should you request an Independent Medical Exam on a claim?  Your Claims Examiner can help you with every aspect of managing a claim.  If you do not know who your Claims Examiner is call the CareWorks Comp office at (800)837-3200.

Did you complete your 2018 Policy Year BWC True Up?

It was due on February 15, 2019!   Public entities needed to reconcile with the Ohio BWC for the 2018 policy year by February 15, 2019.  Actual payroll incurred needed to be reported to the Ohio BWC on the Payroll True-Up and if any additional premiums were calculated, those needed to be paid by February 15, 2019 as well. If you have any questions or issues associated with your True Up contact Bob Nicoll, CareWorks Comp Program Manager, for assistance.

Happening Now:  2020 Policy Year Group Rating & Group Retrospective Rating Enrollment

Every year, CareWorks Comp evaluates Public entities for eligibility into Group Rating and Retrospective Group Rating programs.  The enrollment period for the 1/1/2020 Policy Year starts now through the end of July, 2019.  Traditional and Retrospective Group Rating offers have been sent out to OML members who are not currently in the 2019 program.  If you have any questions or would like to request another copy of your offer contact our CareWorks Comp Program Manager, Bob Nicoll, at (800)837-3200 ext. 58595 or robert.nicoll@careworkscomp.com.

Unemployment Cost Control

Unemployment Cost Control - The highest experience rate for Ohio employers increased from 9.0% in 2018 to 9.2% in 2019.  As this figure varies from year to year, so will the rate brackets within the annual rate schedule created by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  This variable factor and the cost of claims being charged to employers are the primary reasons organizations will pay more to ODJFS.   Avoid paying more and get a good start on controlling your unemployment expenses in the new year!  Contact your CareWorks Comp Program Manager, Bob Nicoll at (800)837-3200 ext. 58595 or robert.nicoll@careworkscomp.com to discuss the multiple ways our unemployment program can benefit your organization.

For Information About Our Group Rating Programs:

Contact Bob Nicoll, CareWorks Comp Program Manager at (800)837-3200 ext.58595 or robert.nicoll@careworkscomp

BWC TPA UPDATES:

BWC Third-Party Administrator Change - Official Announcements




April 27, 2018 - Notification in OML Legislative Bulletin

April 26, 2018 - Memorandum on BWC TPA Change

April 25, 2018 - TPA Transition Announcement Letter 

Issues relating to BWC Third-Party Administrator Transition - Updates

 

June 28, 2018 - CareWorksComp Invitation to upcoming seminars
May 8, 2018
 - Judge Issues Ruling in CMI Lawsuit
May 4, 2018 - Notice of Legal Challenge to OML's TPA Transition
May 2, 2018 - Clarification of BWC TPA Transition Timeline
May 1, 2018 - CMI Communication Clarification




Contact Numbers

 


Program members can use the following numbers to contact CareWorksComp with questions:

  • Robert Nicoll, Manager of Client Services: 330-418-1824
  • Customer Service: 614-764-7600
  • Hearings: 614-526-7211
  • Settlements/handicaps/cost containment: 614-526-7271
  • State Fund Claims: 614-526-7288
  • Safety: 614-827-0370