Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) News

Ohio Chiropractor Owes nearly $70K for Workers’ Comp Fraud

An Ohio chiropractor was sentenced to pay nearly $70,000 in restitution and investigation costs to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Tariq Arif pleaded guilty Jan. 13 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to one count of …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau: Prescription Formulary Saves over $20M

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced that changes made to its pharmacy management program in recent years have resulted in a reduction in prescriptions of some of the most commonly overused drugs and total drug cost savings of …

Ohio Business Owner Must Pay $55K in Workers’ Comp Premiums

A Cincinnati, Ohio, business owner has been sentenced to pay nearly $55,000 in unpaid premiums owed to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Todd Bittner, owner of Bittner Construction, pleaded guilty in October to two counts of workers’ compensation …

Over $9.4M in Safety Rebates Awarded by Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced that thousands of Ohio employers are receiving more than $9.4 million in savings for their participation in one of 78 safety councils sponsored by BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene. Safety Councils …

Former Ohio Resident Owes $40K to Work Comp Bureau

An Ohio man owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after he was discovered working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. Dominic Musarra, who was working as a satellite cable installer in Point Pleasant, W.Va., was charged …

Ohio BWC Distributing Final $81.7 Million in ‘Billion Back’ Rebates

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced that $81.7 million is headed to more than 2,000 Ohio employers, completing the distribution of $1 billion BWC began delivering to employers over the summer as part of its Billion Back plan. …

Ohio Work Comp Bureau Awards More Than $258K to Support Workplace Safety

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has awarded more than $258,000 in safety intervention grants, split among nine employers. “We have more money available for safety-minded businesses this year, thanks to Governor Kasich’s support of increased statewide efforts to promote …

Gregory to Lead Ohio BWC’s Fraud Investigations Department

Rick Gregory has been selected as director of the Special Investigations Department (SID) at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Gregory will oversee 123 employees who work to deter, detect, investigate and prosecute workers’ compensation fraud. The department pursues …

Toledo to Hire Extra Firefighters with Work Comp Rebate

Toledo is using an unexpectedly big rebate from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to increase the size of its fire department. Ohio businesses and public employers have started getting one-time rebate checks from the state’s insurance fund for injured …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Agency Proposes Cut in Private Sector Rates

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has proposed a 2.1 percent base-rate reduction for private employers. The recommendation to its board of directors would reduce employer premiums by $29 million for the July 1, 2014, policy year, the BWC …