BWC’s Medical & Health Symposium starts today

Earn free continuing education  

By Debi Kroninger, Chief of Medical Operations

Our virtual 2021 Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium kicks off today!

Join more than 4,000 registrants from around the world for three days of educational sessions designed to inform, inspire, and even entertain health care providers, their staffs, legal professionals, and people in the workers’ compensation industry.

For your review, here’s our symposium brochure and event guide.

It’s not too late to register for the free event, themed, “Comprehensive Care for Injured Workers.” You can register on any day of the symposium, but the sooner you register, the more you will learn about today’s most pressing health and medical issues facing all of us.

Three tracks, three days

I’m confident this symposium will be the best one ever!

It includes 16 sessions led by state and national experts on health and medical topics that affect all of us— at work and at home. It offers continuing-education opportunities with credits for many health care and legal professionals.

Our symposium features a Provider Staff Forum (Thursday morning), a Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop (Thursday afternoon), and a two-day Provider Clinical  Education track (Friday and Saturday). In addition, we can’t wait to connect you with our exhibitors! You may virtually visit our exhibitors during your breaks.

Today’s Provider Staff Forum highlights an overview of basic tools and resources for managing the day-to-day operations of workers’ compensation processes and workflows. This afternoon, our Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop features Linda Hedenblad, MSE, CRC, MINT, speaking on ethical decision making and resilience for anyone interested in these vital topics in today’s world. 

Vision

Our 2021 symposium brings medical and health specialists together with legal professionals to learn how we can better solve far-reaching issues. These include where medical and legal intersect, substance abuse disorder, COVID-19 clinical insights, violence in the workplace, delayed recovery, return to work, and multi-disciplinary treatment programs. 

Friday and Saturday’s Provider Clinical Education sessions cover the latest topics impacting patient care and providers.

Triumph, recovery, and human connection 

In addition, you don’t want to miss our inspiring stories of triumph and recovery. On Friday morning, burn survivor SSG (Ret) Shilo Harris and his wife/caregiver Jamie PK will share their story of resilience and success following serious combat injuries.

Saturday morning, Tim Ryan, founder of A Man in Recovery Foundation, and his wife, actress Jennifer Gimenez-Ryan, are sharing their personal and professional life stories of addiction and recovery. Later that day, two physician brothers, Joseph Choo, M.D., and Michael Choo, M.D., will review COVID-19 insights from their clinical perspectives.

Closing out the symposium is bestselling author Jon Petz, CSP, discussing the power of human connection with your patients. If you have questions, email medsymposium@bwc.state.oh.us.

Together, join us in our journey of providing innovative and quality health care focused on Ohio’s injured workers, their families, and communities. We look forward to seeing you virtually today through Saturday at our 2021 Medical & Health Symposium!

New facilities eligible for indoor air quality funding

Over the past year, we’ve learned a lot about COVID-19, including the impact indoor air quality (IAQ) has on the spread of COVID-19. That’s why we’re so proud to offer the COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program. The program started in December 2020 and has received over 700 applications so far.

Because of the success of the program and the positive feedback we’ve received, we’ve decided to expand the number of eligible facilities. Previously, the program was limited to nursing homes, assisted living centers, and adult day centers. We’ll now include:

  • Intermediate care facilities.
  • Hospices.
  • Senior centers.
  • Adult care facilities.
  • Waiver settings (group homes).
  • Substance use treatment centers.

With the inclusion of these new facilities, we’ll be able to protect additional vulnerable Ohioans. If your facility falls under one of these categories, we encourage you to apply today. The program offers up to $15,000 in reimbursement to inspect heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, assess air quality needs, and make improvements through maintenance, increased filtration, portable air cleaners, and other interventions.

If you’ve made any improvements to your HVAC systems throughout the pandemic, we encourage you to apply. The program will reimburse costs incurred from March 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Applications are open until June 30, 2021.

Not an eligible facility?

If your facility doesn’t fall under one of these categories to qualify for funding, don’t worry, we have resources for you too. We know that maintaining safe and heathy IAQ is imperative to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we’ve put together some resources your facility can use to learn more.

You can watch a recording of one of our IAQ webinars here:

For more on IAQ, we encourage you to check out these resources:

Visit our website to apply now. You can also contact BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene or call 1-800-644-6292 with questions.