4123-6-23 Jurisdictional principles applicable to payment of bills for medical services rendered by health care providers.

Jurisdictional requirements for payment for medical services rendered by a health care provider are as follows:

(A) Bills must be filed within the time provided in rule 4123-3-23 of the Administrative Code.

(B) In claims where the date of injury is on or after December 11, 1967, and prior to August 25, 2006, there is no jurisdiction to consider payment for medical services, if six years or more have elapsed since the date of the last payment of a medical bill and no compensation has been paid, except as provided in the following cases:

(1) A bill filed within the six-year period for services rendered within the period can be paid after the six-year period when, except for the time passage, it would have been paid.

(2) When an application requesting the payment of medical bills and/or compensation is filed within the six-year period, there is justification to act on the application after the period.

(a) Bills for services rendered within the six-year period can be ordered paid and can be paid after the period. However, these bills must be filed no later than two years after the date that services were rendered.

(b) Compensation can be ordered paid provided that evidence in the claim supports an award. If compensation is paid, the claim is opened for an additional ten years for the payment of compensation and bills. When there has been a payment of compensation under section 4123.56 , 4123.57 , or 4123.58 of the Revised Code, the claim is active for ten years from either the date of the last payment of compensation, or ten years from the last payment of a medical bill, whichever is later.

(3) Payment for medical services can be made when the claimant has received wages paid by the employer, instead of compensation for total disability. Medical services may be reimbursed when wages have been paid within six years of the date of injury with the employer's knowledge that an allowed claim exists.

(4) When a request for authorization of treatment beyond the six-year period is filed within the six-year period, the authorization for treatment after that period cannot be granted, unless the claim has been opened by the payment of compensation.

(5) There is no jurisdiction to consider the merits of any application filed after the six-year period, even though supporting evidence for the application was on file within the period.

(6) A bill filed within the six-year period that requires reactivation of the claim cannot be paid when an application for reactivation is not filed within the period. This rule also applies to bills filed after the expiration of the six-year period for treatment rendered within that period.

(C) In claims where the date of injury is prior to December 11, 1967, there is no jurisdiction to consider payment for medical services if ten years or more have elapsed since the payment of compensation or benefits, or, when no compensation has been awarded, ten years have elapsed since the date of injury.

(D) In claims where the date of injury is on or after August 25, 2006, there is no jurisdiction to consider payment for medical services if five years or more have elapsed since the payment of compensation or benefits. The provisions of paragraph (B) of this rule shall apply to the payment of medical bills in claims where the date of injury is on or after August 25, 2006, except that where those provisions reference six year and ten year time limits, the time limits shall be five years.

Effective: 02/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/17/2009 and 11/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4121.30 , 4121.31 , 4123.05
Rule Amplifies: 4121.12 , 4121.121 , 4121.44 , 4121.441 , 4123.52 ,
4123.66 Prior Effective Dates: 2/12/97, 4/1/07