April 15, 2020 | Coronavirus update: Temporary change to BWC telemedicine rules

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has made a series of rule changes in recent weeks in response to our current state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

One key modification includes expanding the technology options permitted for telemedicine to help improve the process for conducting remote office visits.

Essentially, the temporary changes allow telemedicine services to be provided via a synchronous audio/video connection, like FaceTime or Skype, with security requirements being eased. This removes a significant barrier for employers interested in providing employees with a telemedicine option from the worksite as a part of the post-injury process.

Arrangements for telemedicine, especially services for initial treatment after an injury, can be made directly with the healthcare provider. Various types of telemedicine services are offered by different healthcare providers.

The documents linked below include additional information on BWC’s guidelines for telemedicine services. If you are interested in exploring the telemedicine options for your organization, please contact your account executive at CareWorks of Ohio.

To learn more, see the following resources available on the BWC website: