Newcastle-based On Medical has become the first medical reporting organisation (MRO) to move from tier 2 to tier 1 on MedCo, meaning it is now a high-volume national provider.
The company, which is part of the Winn Holding Group that also includes Winn Solicitors, said this meant it would receive significantly more exposure on the MedCo portal.
The decision reflected On Medical’s substantial growth, and capacity to expand further and take on significant numbers of additional instructions.
Founded in 2006, staff numbers have risen by 60% to 53 since the introduction of MedCo, with another 10 employees to join this month.
Ian Scanlan, head of business development at On Medical, said: “We started out as a small, internal medical agency. Following changes within the industry, we are now a large client-facing agency with a huge capacity for growth.
“Within a year of the introduction of MedCo, we have seen our instructions increase by almost 1,000%.”
Meanwhile, MedCo recently warned that it was continuing to receive multiple registration applications for tier 2 MROs, despite the stated intention to remove ‘shell companies’ from the system when the MoJ publishes its new definition of an MRO and related qualifying criteria.
It reiterated an earlier statement that when the time comes for such tier 2 agencies to be removed from the system, they will not have their registration fees refunded.
In another recent update, MedCo said it has contacted MROs and direct medical experts to inform them that on completion of a medical report, case data must be uploaded to its system within six months from the date of their selection by the instructing party.
“Having analysed management information, MedCo is additionally in the process of communicating directly with specific MROs and direct medical experts regarding their failure to upload medical case data… Organisations and experts found to be in breach of the [MedCo data contributor] agreement may be subject to enforcement action.”