For immediate release: April 25, 2012
Managed care open enrollment for Ohio employers
begins April 30
Employers to choose MCOs to manage medical treatment for injured workers
COLUMBUS - Ohio employers will soon have an opportunity to select a new managed care organization (MCO) to manage health-care
services for workers injured on the job. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) 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 runs from April 30 to May 25.
"Few decisions business leaders make are as vital to their company's success than those that directly impact the health
and safety of their workforce," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "Selection of the MCO that meets each employer's
specific needs is an important decision that should be carefully considered to ensure their injured workers receive the best
care possible and can quickly and safely return to work."
BWC partners with a network of MCOs that are the primary link between injured workers, medical providers, employers and
BWC. MCOs manage claim filing and medical treatment and assist employers with the implementation of recovery and return-to-work
Employers satisfied with their MCO do not need to do anything. However, those considering a change are encouraged to
contact MCOs directly to learn more about their services and network providers. BWC produces the MCO Selection Guide
and the MCO Report Card to help employers make an informed decision. The guide contains contact information for the
MCOs while the report card provides an objective snapshot of how effectively each MCO manages injury reporting
and returning injured employees to work. The guide and report card are available at ohiobwc.com.
Employers that decide to select a new MCO can complete the MCO Selection Form, also available at ohiobwc.com, or call
the MCO selection line at 1-800-859-6631. Once employers make a selection, the new MCO will begin managing the medical
portion of the claims July 2.
The MCO open enrollment period officially runs from 7:30 a.m., Monday, April 30, through 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 25.
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