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HMS Newsletter - February 2016

In this edition:

Register for the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo
New resources for Spanish speaking Ohioans
Start the process for the transitional work bonus program now
New Coverage Options for Ohio Business Owners
Important Dates
Code of Ethics

Register for the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo

Attending the 2016 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo March 9-11? Make sure you stop by and visit your Account Executives in booth #223!

This year's Safety Congress, "Road to Workplace Safety", will offer more than 200 educational sessions, 225 exhibitors and continuing education credits. The Congress will offer sessions on safety, workers' compensation and health issues and is free of charge to employers.

New this year, the Ohio Workers' Compensation Medical and Health Symposium will offer health-care providers clinical practice guidelines for pain and neuromusculoskeletal management.

Interested employers should register on the Ohio BWC website.

New resources for Spanish speaking Ohioans

The Ohio BWC has added a new resource for Spanish speaking employers and injured workers. Customers seeking assistance can now reach Spanish speaking staff daily from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm by calling 1-800-644-6292.

The BWC has also made a Spanish language web page available with additional information and forms needed to report and manage workers' compensation claim: To access the Spanish language page, click here.

Start the process for the transitional work bonus program now

Employers who wish to apply for the Transitional Work Bonus program beginning July 1, 2016, should begin the application process in the next few weeks. The application includes submission of a written transitional work program, including job analysis and a medical provider network and developing a program may take some time. Employers may, however, qualify for the assistance of a certified Ohio BWC developer and may be eligible for a grant to help defray the costs. The grant covers 75% of the costs of the program development.

Employers who already have a written program either completed internally or through participation in the BWC grant program should ensure that all requirements of submission are met prior to submission.

If you need an Ohio BWC certified developer to assist you, contact your HMS Account Executive for assistance.

On Friday March 4th, you can attend a webinar regarding all the important steps in Transitional Work. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

New Coverage Options for Ohio Business Owners

The Ohio BWC approved a new coverage option for businesses with employees who work in other states. The new policy offering brings much needed clarity and makes it easier for employers to expand outside of Ohio while ensuring employees are protected.

The new coverage option allows the BWC the authority to contract with an insurer licensed in states other than Ohio, ensuring workers' compensation coverage regardless of jurisdiction.

To be eligible, the business must have the majority of their business in Ohio and should apply directly to the BWC. The BWC will determine eligibility and the premium cost for the optional coverage.

This coverage option is available, please contact the BWC for further details.

Important Dates

March 1

Public Employers:

  • DFSP Action Plan Due
  • PY 2016 Invoice Mailed

March 31

Private Employers:

  • Last date to request change in estimated annual payroll
  • DFSP Annual Report Due
  • Last Date to request change in installment plan for PY 2015
  • EM Cap Requirement Deadline
  • Deadline for One Claim Program education requirement

Code of Ethics

Our Code of Ethics sets our key policies and principles that drive our organization. Our clients can view the code of ethics on our website by clicking here.