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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new "first fill" rule approved Friday by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s board of directors, if it passes final review, will ensure that injured workers receive necessary medications while the future of their claims is being determined.
The rule will apply to new injuries and allows for immediate fill of prescriptions for acute injury medications prior to formal claim approval. A 1955 statute previously restricted BWC from allowing this change, but recent legislation proposed by BWC permitted the rule.
COLUMBUS -- All Ohio hospitals have now completed Ebola preparedness and response drills, including training in how to manage a suspect Ebola-positive patient and the proper use of personal protective equipment, reports the Ohio Department of Health.
BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The CEO and administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, Steve Buehrer did not arrive at Mr. Anthony’s Friday in a sleigh drawn by eight reindeer nor was he attired in a red suit with white fur trim.
Nonetheless, because he brought a check for $42.974 million for businesses and local governments in Mahoning and Trumbull County, Buehrer was treated like Santa Claus. The president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, Tom Humphries, was on hand to have his picture taken with Buehrer and the oversized “symbolic check.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is again being recognized nationally for the improvement in its workers' compensation rates. The Oregon Premium Rate Ranking Study, a biennial review of workers' compensation rates released last week, put Ohio 33rd lowest among the 50 states. As recently as 2008, Ohio ranked third-highest.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --The Ohio Department of Health today reported that Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas diagnosed with Ebola, visited family in Akron from Oct. 8 through Oct. 13.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified ODH of the situation early today.