When a worker in Columbus, Ohio, gets injured on the job and needs time off, he or she may expect workers' compensation benefits to cover the incident. This is likely but work comp benefits may not always last as long as individuals needs them in order to recover.
Work Loss Data Institute has released the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) used by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and many national groups. The bureau has instructed the MCOs in the BWC to use the ODG whenever they are analyzing the medical necessity of treatment requests. Unfortunately the way it is being used, is as a denial mechanism versus an analysis of the appropriateness of treatment. As a result, many treatment requests for Ohio workers compensation are going to hearing where the Industrial Commission reverses the denial of treatment because they are reviewing the preponderance of all the evidence before them.