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Category: Ohio BWC

Preparing for True Up Following an Unprecedented Year

By Brandy King
April 02, 2021 Category: Payroll, Ohio BWC, True Up, BWC Premiums, Reporting, Compliance

Starting July 1st, 2020, the BWC reduced every employers payroll by 20%. They did so under the assumption that all employers experienced slow-downs, lay-offs and closures during the initial impact of COVID-19 on Ohio businesses. However, they did not confirm these reductions with policyholders and we know that not all businesses experienced a decrease.This reduction might result in an unexpected True Up balance July. True Up is a process required by Ohio BWC at the end of each policy year, where your premiums based on projected payroll are balanced with premiums based on your actual payroll for the past year. Compliance with both the reporting and payment of any balances affects your companys eligibility for most savings programs. If your actual payroll was higher than projected, you will be expected to pay that balance to Ohio BWC no later than August 15th. If you are unable to pay the lump sum at that time, please note that any future premium installments will first be applied to your

BWC Withholds 2018 & 2019 Group Retro Refunds

By Brandy King
April 02, 2021 Category: Ohio BWC, Group Retro, Group Retro Refunds Withheld, Ohio BWC Dividends, 2018 PY, 2019 PY

The BWC is not going to pay out 2018 2019 Group Retro refunds this fall.They have decided the dividend rebates issued for these policy years will take the place of 2018 and 2019 Group Retro refunds.We do not believe the dividend proposal passed by the Board of Directors gives the BWC the authority to eliminate Group Retro refunds.Spooner Incorporated is appealing this decision with the BWC, but we may not be able to do it alone. Please email Jennifer Kantorowski if you would like to join us in the fight to get the BWC to release the 2018 and 2019 Group Retro refunds this fall. Jennifer can be reached at jkantorowski@spoonerinc.com.

Are You Losing Business Because of a High EMR?

By Brandy King
April 01, 2021 Category: EMR, Mod, Safety, Ohio BWC, Safety Score, DART, OSHA, Construction, WPAFB

If so, Surety HRs Self-Insured Professional Employer Organization (PEO) may be able to reduce your EMR (Experience ModifierRate). Many industries require businesses to submit their EMR to bid on both private and public projects and contract renewals. If your EMR is too high, you may not even be able to bid on a specific project. This is predominant in construction, but also affects employers in manufacturing, logistics and several other industries. Typically any vendor on a federal site such as an Air Force Base will be required to submit their EMR as well.If your company has an EMR over 1.00 and its costing you jobs, lets talk! If you have concerns about your EMR, please email Brian Davis at bdavis@spoonerinc.com

Changes in Reserve Calculations

By Brandy King
April 01, 2021 Category: Ohio BWC, Reserves, Claims Costs, Group Retro

Effective July 1, 2020, Ohio BWC implemented a new reserve system called ACES.Based on a large sampling of claims, weve found that this system can drastically increase reserves for future claims costs - which will then impact premiums and Group Retro performance. A reserve is a dollar amount placed on every claim, in which the insurer (BWC) reserves assumed future costs within the claim. The concept of a reserve is considered standard practice in workers compensation insurance, even for self-insured employers. Once a reserve is set, it will not leave the claim until the claimant has ceased medical treatment for at least six (6) months. The only other way to eliminate a reserve is through the process of a settlement. If a claim has a reserve when Ohio BWCs September snapshot is taken - those reserves will be treated as dollars already spent on the claim, impacting premiums for the coming policy year. Lost time claims will see the largest impact, as medical reserves for 2019 were roughly

MCO Open Enrollment Scheduled for May

By Brandy King
April 01, 2021 Category: MCO, MCO Open Enrollment, Managed Care Organization, Ohio BWC, Spooner Medical Administrators,

2021 Open Enrollment for Managed Care Organizations (MCO) MCO Open Enrollment will take place beginning Monday, May 3rd, and end on Friday, May 28th. While were used to seeing MCO Open Enrollment scheduled in May of every even-numbered year the enrollment period was canceled in May 2020 due to COVID-19.This enrollment comes only every two years, so employers have not had an opportunity to choose an MCO since May 2018, and will not have the opportunity again until 2023.Dont miss out if you want to make a change! Please email Brian Davis if you have any questions. Brian can be reached at bdavis@spoonerinc.com.

Ohio BWC Updates for 2020 & 2021 Policy Years

By Brandy King
April 01, 2021 Category: Ohio BWC, Workers\' Compensation, BWC Premiums, BWC Dividends, Surplus Fund, Premium Increase, BWC Administrative Fees

Ohio BWCs Net Position (as of March 2021) $12.5 Billion in surplus as of 12/31/2019 $7.6 Billion in surplus as of 12/31/2020 Potential Dividend this fall will be based on how their investments perform. Administrative Fee Increase BWCs administrative fee is an amount that is baked into premiums, and will see a drastic increase in the coming policy year. For many, this will devalue the 7.1% (avg.) base rate decrease recently announced. Also, keep in mind that the rate reduction announced is not applied evenly across all manual codes. 2020 20.32% of premiums 2021 31.56% of premiums In addition, the BWC transferred $25,000,000 from the state fund to the admin fund. If you want to find out how this will impact your 2021 premiums or have any other questions about this, please email Jennifer Kantorowski. She can be reached at jkantorowski@spoonerinc.com.

Important Dates For The Ohio BWC 2019 Policy Year

By Spooner
May 28, 2019 Category: Ohio BWC, Important Deadlines

Spooner Inc. shares important deadlines for the Ohio BWC 2019 policy year. Ohio Employers need to make sure they know these dates and meet the deadlines or they will not be eligible for certain plans and programs.

What is Handicap Reimbursement and How Can it Save My Company Money on Workers’ Comp?

By Spooner Inc.
April 30, 2019 Category: Reimbursement Fund, Ohio BWC

Spooner Inc. is an experienced third-party administrator. We are able to help you determine if you are eligible to receive a handicap reimbursement.

Changes to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for 2019

By Spooner Incorporated
January 04, 2019 Category: Workers Compensation, Ohio BWC, Group Retro

In this video blog, Jacqui and Joe discuss the changes the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation in 2019 and how Spooner Inc., can help you save time and money for your business in the new year!

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