Last week, the Ohio BWC approved a rule to help prevent opioid dependence in Ohio's injured workers. The rule will now move to the Ohio General Assembly's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review and, if approved there, will become effective on October 1.
Under the new rule, physicians must use best medical practices, including an individual treatment plan, risk assessment and monitoring of the injured worker's progress in order for the BWC to reimburse for opioid prescriptions. Doctors who don't follow the rule may receive correct action ranging from written warnings to removal from the network of BWC approved providers.
The BWC will also be able to approve payment for drug treatment of workers who became addicted using medication covered by the BWC, if approved.