4123-6-04.6 Thirty-day return to work assessment.

(A) The bureau may perform a return-to-work assessment of an injured worker who has a lost time claim as defined in section 4123.52 of the Revised Code and who has not returned to work within an acceptable timeframe as determined by the bureau.

(B) The assessment may include, but is not limited to, the case management goals, identification of barriers, return to work plan, medical stability and vocational status of the claim.

(C) All findings and conclusions of the assessment and all recommendations for addressing deficiencies shall be documented in writing to the MCO assigned to the claim. The assigned MCO shall have five business days from receipt of the bureau's findings to initiate or complete the recommended action steps identified by the bureau or propose alternative action steps acceptable to the bureau.

(D) If the assigned MCO does not carry out the recommended action steps or if the MCO fails to propose an acceptable alternative course of action to resolve the return-to-work barriers, the bureau may assume the vocational rehabilitation management of the claim.

(E) For any claim assumed pursuant to paragraph (D) of this rule, the bureau may charge the assigned MCO a financial penalty, to include hourly case management fees, in accordance with rule 4123-6-13 of the Administrative Code and the terms of the MCO contract.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/17/2009 and 11/01/2014

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 4121.12, 4121.30, 4121.31, 4123.05

Rule Amplifies: 4121.121, 4121.44, 4121.441, 4123.66

Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/01