Many injured workers’ are familiar with the Bureau C-9 form, formally known as the Physician’s Request for Medical Services. This is the form medical providers use to request treatment, medical equipment or supplies in a workers’ compensation claim. In addition to requests for treatment/services, the form also contains a section for the medical provider to indicate additional conditions that may be related to an industrial injury.
While the “additional condition” section has been on the Bureau C-9 form for some time, historically, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was reluctant to address additional conditions solely requested on the form. Instead, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation policy was to send letters to the injured workers advising that a motion needed to be filed to have the additional conditions formally addressed.
Recently, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s policy has changed in regards to addressing additional conditions that are listed on a Bureau C-9 form. The new policy allows for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to address the additional conditions without requiring the injured worker to file a motion. This is good, in that it expedites the medical provider’s request to add conditions that likely need to be treated. However, because the Bureau C-9 form is considered a formal request, if the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation obtains medical evidence indicating the conditions requested are not related, this will trigger a referral to the Industrial Commission of Ohio for a hearing to be scheduled on the matter.
Often times the Bureau C-9 form is sent directly from the medical provider’s office to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and as a result, the injured worker may be unaware that additional conditions have been requested. With the implementation of the new policy, and the potential for a hearing to be scheduled on an issue the injured worker may not even be aware of, it is more important than ever that an injured worker immediately open and review mail received from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
If you’re an injured worker and you have received mail from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and/or the Industrial Commission of Ohio and are not sure what it means, contacting a competent workers’ compensation attorney is imperative. Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer, Co., L.P.A has attorneys that are here to help answer any questions you may have and assist you in navigating your way through the workers’ compensation system to ensure you receive the medical benefits and compensation you deserve.