Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation News

Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau: 8 Fraud-Related Convictions Secured in August

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported it secured eight fraud-related convictions in August, bringing 2019’s total to 63. BWC assisted in the investigation that led to the Aug. 30 sentencing of nurse practitioner Amy Wood-Kirk of Grove City …

Found Guilty of Fraud, Former Deputy Sheriff Owes Ohio BWC $235K

A Zanesville, Ohio, man and former county deputy sheriff must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $235,000 in restitution after being convicted on Sept. 23 on workers’ compensation fraud charges A judge ordered Gregory A. Fitzer, 56, …

Ohio Employer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter After Worker Dies in Fall Off Roof

An Ohio construction company owner has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a worker lacking safety equipment fell to his death from the roof of a three-story apartment complex. Owner James Coon, of Akron, also recently pleaded guilty in Summit …

PTSD Coverage for First Responders Left Out of Ohio Workers’ Comp Budget

Lawmakers have approved a two-year budget for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers after missing the initial deadline at the end of June and covering the gap with a temporary budget. The nearly $645 million funding measure for the Bureau …

Ohio Sues Pharmacy Benefit Manager over $16M in Alleged Drug Overcharges

Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the fund for injured workers. Attorney General Dave Yost says OptumRx Administrative Services managed …

Ohio Work Comp Bureau to Distribute $1.1M in Grants to Fire Depts.; $1.2M to Employers

Through a program to protect firefighters from carcinogens and other harmful health hazards encountered by firefighters during their daily work activities, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will distribute $1.1 million in safety grants to more than 100 fire …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau to Help Buy Bulletproof Vests for Law Enforcement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state’s injured worker fund is setting aside a portion of its safety grant funding to help local police agencies pay for bulletproof vests. The Republican gubernatorial nominee advanced the plan Tuesday. It follows …

Ohio Imposes Restrictions on Injured Workers’ Back Surgery, Opioid Use

Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the …

Convicted Ohio Burglar Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. John …

Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau Proposes $1B Employer Rebate

Ohio’s fund for injured workers wants to return more than $1 billion of its investment earnings to the state’s 200,000 private and public employers. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation proposed the rebate on March 13. It amounts to two-thirds …