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OhioBWC - Employer:  (Self-Insuring Employer Update)

Self-Insuring Employer Update

Self-insuring employers should visit this page regularly. Here you'll find the latest information about topics that impact your company's workers' compensation program.

ICD-10 update
On Oct. 1, BWC, along with the rest of the nation, implemented the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). This means Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant providers do not need to make special accommodations for their patients with a workers’ compensation claim resulting in uninterrupted services for your employees. Visit our ICD-10 implementation page for more details.

More specific for injuries
Remember for workers’ compensation, claims determinations are based on injury descriptions, not disease codes. The new ICD-10 code set offers the medical community the ability to be more specific in how they document the location and severity of workplace injuries.

Bottom line for employers
Therefore, you may see more (and/or different) codes in existing workers’ compensation claims after Oct. 1, but that does not mean there are more allowances in the claims. The bottom line is more (or different) codes do not equal more allowed conditions. The legal narrative descriptions originally allowed in a claim will not change with ICD-10. For more information, review our ICD-10 implementation Guiding Principles fact sheet or email BWC’s provider relations department at

Below are PowerPoint slide presentations that BWC employees have given to keep the public informed about the reasons for the change and BWC's conversion efforts/plans.

  1. Spring 2015 TPA Forum - ICD-10 presentation
  2. Spring 2015 SI Conference - ICD-10 presentation

2015 assessments update
BWC evaluates the self-insured assessment rates annually to make sure there is a minimum balance, and to guarantee payments of claims against the various funds. We have listed the 2015 rates on our assessments page.

As a reminder, you can pay your assessments in several ways. Your options include:

  1. Online with a credit card or bank routing number;
  2. Mailing a check with your invoice (using regular mail) – send to the P.O. box listed on the invoice;
  3. Effective May 22, 2015: Overnight mailing of a check with your invoice (using overnight mail) to the address below:
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation
ATTN: Lockbox 89492
4910 Tiedeman Road
Cleveland, OH 44144

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To ensure you receive important correspondence from us, please make sure your contact and demographic information is up to date.

Please note: This updates your corporate contact only. If you need to update the Ohio Administrator contact for your policy, please send an email to

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