News and Analysis
Georgia Booth, workers’ compensation account manager on the OMA staff, will retire this month.
Georgia has helped members manage their workers’ compensation claims and save money on their premiums since 2003, when she joined the staff. Her entire career was in the Ohio workers’ comp. industry.
Georgia’s customers sent in many messages of gratitude for her service and well wishes for a long and happy retirement. We will all miss her.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) board of directors has initiated a study of the effectiveness of the Managed Care Organization (MCO) system, the BWC’s contracted network of organizations that approve injured workers’ medical treatment and pay workers’ medical bills.
The initial results indicate that Ohio performs better than the national average with respect to return-to-work, injury incidence, and cost to treat injuries. And those savings, according to the study, are not associated with reduction of positive outcomes or quality of care.
However, over the last five years, there has been no decrease in days absent during the first year following injury for the three types of lost-time claims studied (low back pain, shoulder injury, knee arthroscopy).
Most injured workers and employers say they are satisfied with MCOs’ medical management, according to the study. 11/28/2018
From OMA Connections Partner Frantz Ward: “In what should be viewed as a victory for employers, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued a decision limiting the scope of OSHA inspections. …
“In United States v. Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., Franz Ward summarizes: “Mar-Jac (1) reinforces the notion that there are limits on OSHA’s inspection authority and (2) confirms the right of employers to limit consent to inspect or to challenge a warrant. OSHA cannot expand an accident-based inspection simply because of an emphasis program, injuries recorded on an OSHA 300 log, or the mere existence of a hazard. So, if faced with a request by OSHA to expand the scope of an accident-based inspection, employers should contact counsel immediately to determine an appropriate response.”
You can read the details of the case from Frantz Ward here. 11/9/2018
On Nov. 29 at 11:30 a.m. the BWC’s monthly employer webinar will cover National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) manual classifications, recreational waivers, Violation of Specific Safety Requirement awards and its monthly safety tip.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will make a change to its website to improve security on Nov. 27.
If you are already using a browser version listed on BWC’s Supported Browser List, then you shouldn’t have any issues.
If not, these changes mean that to take full advantage of the site, you’ll need to ensure your browser is up-to-date. Here are more details. 11/15/2018
OSHA has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018.
Year to year, the rankings rarely change, although this year’s No. 10, “Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102) was not on the 2017 list. 11/15/2018
With the increase in merchandise sales during the holiday shopping season comes an increase in potential hazards for workers in some industries.
Here’s OSHA’s list of holiday-season resources. 11/14/2018
Employers who have offers for workers’ compensation premium savings through 2019/20 group experience rating programs will want to enroll soon.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has set November 19 as the final day for workers’ compensation third party administrators – including OMA Workers’ Compensation Services – to file their rosters.
OMA has set Monday, November 12 for employers to enroll to be sure there is time to finalize and quality-check its filing.
Employers who plan to enroll in OMA’s workers’ compensation group retrospective plans have until January 24, 2019 to enroll.
If you have questions or need extra time to enroll, please contact OMA’s Brian Jackson. 11/8/2018
This just in from OMA Connections Partner Dinsmore: “Yesterday, OSHA issued a Trade Release announcing the revival of its Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST or Program). As we forecasted when OSHA first published the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule (Rule), OSHA will use 2016 Form 300A data – which employers submitted last December – to target specific worksites for comprehensive, programmed inspections.”
Read more from Dinsmore about the program here. 10/18/2018
OSHA recently issued a memorandum clarifying the agency’s position that its rule prohibiting employer retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing.
The department believes that many employers that implement safety incentive programs and/or conduct post-incident drug testing do so to promote workplace safety and health.
Action taken under a safety incentive program or post-incident drug testing policy would only violate OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule if the employer took the action to penalize an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness rather than for the legitimate purpose of promoting workplace safety and health.
For more information, see the memorandum. 10/16/2018