2021 Medical & Health Symposium – Get informed and inspired!

Register now for our virtual event April 8-10

By Debi Kroninger, Chief of Medical Operations

Each year at the conclusion of our annual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium, I ask myself this question: How are we going to top this next year?

Without fail, I am floored every year by the impressive lineup of speakers who educate, inspire, and uplift our conference attendees and each other, including health care providers, attorneys, workers comp experts, and anyone else dedicated to improving the lives of injured workers.

I’m sure I’ll have that question again this year following our first-ever virtual Medical & Health Symposium April 8-10. COVID-19 precludes an in-person event this year, but my team worked hard to create a symposium that will be no less engaging or enlightening. Consider just a few of our topics and speakers:

  • The Neurobiology of Substance Use Disorder – Listen to Dr. Jon E. Sprague, the director of science and research for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. An Eminent Scholar at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Sprague will take a deep dive on drugs associated with substance use disorder.
  • When Life Blows Up: From Tragedy to Triumph – Overcoming tragedy and living a successful life after combat, burn survivor SSG (Ret) Shilo Harris and his wife/caregiver Jamie PK share their story of resilience and success after tragedy. They will share their story of successes and the many tools used to overcome extreme odds. Their goal is to share their outline of success for you to share with others and hopefully help them get back to living their lives.
  • From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery –This spellbinding presentation chronicles Tim Ryan’s journey through addiction and offers practical tools for prevention and recovery. Ryan will offer solutions that are non-opiate based for people struggling with substance use disorder and provide other methods and resources to get people on the road to recovery. He’ll be joined by his wife, actress Jennifer Gimenez-Ryan, who will share her personal and professional life story of addiction and recovery.

And more. Lots more, including clinical insights into COVID-19, preventing delayed recovery, violence in the workplace, and the power of human connection with bestselling author Jon Petz. After listening to Jon, you’ll appreciate the little moments that connect you with patients. You’ll leave with a different perspective on rendering care to injured workers.

In addition, we’re seeking continuing education for physicians, attorneys, psychologists, and many others.

All of this for the low, low price of FREE. Plus, you can enjoy it from the comfort and safety of your home or office.

In the end, you may not have the question that challenges me each year, but I’m confident you’ll feel uplifted and energized, leaving with this thought: This is why I do what I do.

For more information, including a full list of speakers, session topics, and registration information, be sure to check out the symposium’s website. You may also call our provider contact center at 1-800-644-6292, options 0-3-0, or email medsymposium@bwc.state.oh.us.

BWC, ODJFS: Online training to help injured workers

OhioMeansJobs webinars available for continuing education credit

By Tina Elliott, Director, BWC Return to Work Services

To help Ohio’s injured workers return to work, we’re continuing our partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) through its OhioMeansJobs.com website.

A recording of our joint training series with ODJFS is now available online.

These webinars were designed to help providers, injured workers, BWC staff and managed care organizations better understand the resources available to help injured workers return to work. We also want people to know the OhioMeansJobs website can be used as a one-stop hub for return-to-work services.

To view the webinars, go to BWC Learning Management System and select Login or Need an Account. Once you log in, search for the following:

  • Adding Value for Job Seekers with LMI and OhioMeansJobs.com: Locating Information
  • Adding Value for Job Seekers with LMI and OhioMeansJobs.com: Career Direction and ExplorationContinuing Education

Each one-hour session offers one continuing education unit (CEU) for certified rehabilitation counselors, certified case managers and certified disability management specialists. This CEU credit is only valid through Aug. 19.

Session survey

If you already attended the live sessions, you’re welcome to review the videos and access the handouts as a refresher. However, you won’t earn new CEUs for retaking the same sessions. You must complete the session survey to obtain a certificate and credit for the CEUs.

Once you complete the course and the survey, your CEU information will be in your BWC learning center transcript. Within a few days, your certificate will also be available online.

If you have questions, please email us. Thank you for learning more about the tools and resources available on OhioMeansJobs.com. Together, we’re helping Ohio’s injured workers return to work and return to life.

Medical & Health Symposium, April 26 – 27: Offers continuing education, register now

By Dr. Terrence Welsh, BWC Chief Medical Officer and Deborah Kroninger, Chief of Medical Operations

We invite you to attend our fourth annual Medical & Health Symposium. Our first-ever Friday, Saturday conference on April 26 – 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center features continuing education for health-care practitioners and legal professionals.

We are dedicating several sessions to the opioid epidemic. Pharmacist Chris Hart shares his journey of chemical dependency to recovery, including relapse. On Saturday, Hart provides an open question-and-answer session giving attendees an opportunity to Ask an Addict. Dr. Sanford Silverman, a pain clinic medical director, will discuss two epidemics: opioids and pain.

Robert Stutman, one of America’s highest profile Drug Enforcement Agency special agents and formerly “the most famous narc in America” (New York magazine), tells how our current drug epidemic differs from previous generations. He also describes actions that can be taken to better identify and prevent prescription drug misuse/abuse and diversion.

Former Judge Jodi Debbreacht-Switalski speaks about one of the most compelling cases for action to mitigate liability resulting from the worst drug epidemic our country has ever seen in her session titled, Your Name is on the Bottle.

In addition, Mark Pew and Reginald Fields discuss medical marijuana in their presentations Is Marijuana Medicine? and Everything Physicians Must Know about Medical Marijuana in Ohio.

The symposium also features speakers on traumatic brain injuries, patient collaboration and chiropractic care. Here’s the brochure that explains each session in more detail and gives speaker bios as well as conference logistics.

For staff who manage the day-to-day operations of workers’ compensation processes and workflows, we’re offering an educational track, the provider staff forum, on Friday.

Register
today and plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you April 26 – 27 in Columbus!

Note: View the conference website for updated information on continuing education.

Learning is a lifelong endeavor

By Matt Gill, BWC Training Director

At the age of 70 Michelangelo stated, “Stu Ancora Imparando!” which translates to “I am still Learning.” Clearly he understood that learning is not a onetime event or class but rather a continuous lifelong endeavor. Today’s workplace is constantly changing. Continuing education is required for workers to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required for their fields. Like most others my age I joined the workforce out of college and began my career. But clearly what I have learned since joining the workforce is hundreds of times greater and more valuable than what I ever learned in school.

I think back to the days when I shared a telephone with three other employees (two of whom smoked at their desk!). I had a typewriter, a stapler, some pens and paper and the copier was down the hall. I contrast that to what I am doing today…. Working on a spreadsheet to finalize my budget, trying to stay on top of my email, preparing a slide show for a presentation tomorrow and blogging about the importance of continuing education! And oh yea my boss just sent me an IM and wants me to send her some documents ASAP. Technology has changed the workplace immensely and those who do not stay abreast of these changes quickly become obsolete.

Certain professions also require continuing education to comply with laws, remain licensed or certified, or maintain membership in an association or licensing body. Overall, continuing education is considered a way for professionals to keep abreast of their fields so they don’t lag behind. Can you imagine if your doctor didn’t stay abreast of the latest medications and advances in his field? Scary right?

At BWC we have several credentialed professionals working in a variety of classifications; nurses, attorneys, certified case managers, safety consultants, ergonomists and industrial hygienists to name just a few. Our training department offers opportunities for our credentialed employees to keep up with the latest education requirements and latest trends in their professions throughout the year. They also work to provide continuing education opportunities for Ohio employers and their employees in 15 professions as part of the 2016 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo.

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OSC16 offers more than 200 CE approved sessions free of charge. Check out bwc.expoplanner.com to see a complete list of CE types under “View sessions” then choose “Search by CEU type.” This year we have added several medical profession CE certifications, as part of a new addition to OSC16 called the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium. Now chiropractors and physicians can receive CE credit for attending, which is added to a list that includes but is not limited to RNs and rehab (CCM, CRC, CDMS).

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I encourage all employees to take advantage of these types of learning opportunities. Whether it is required or not, education is an important part of career development and job satisfaction. It can boost confidence, lead to career advancement and helps us all stay abreast of the ever-changing technologies in the workplace.

Hope to see you at this year’s congress and I say to each of you, Stu Ancora Imparando!

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