It’s that recordkeeping time of year

By Renee Peck, Program Administrator, Public Employment Risk Reduction Program Public Employers in Ohio have three different recordkeeping requirements and two of these requirements are due on February 1st. Recordkeeping may seem like just a paperwork task but it is more than that. It’s also the minimum means by which employers can document and track … Continue reading It’s that recordkeeping time of year

The balance of providing quality care

By Dr. Stephen Woods, BWC Chief Medical Officer Many of our medical initiatives at BWC focus on musculoskeletal care. Opioid analgesics tend to be a significant part of musculoskeletal care. In addition to my administrative role as BWC’s CMO, I also practice in a musculoskeletal clinic and see a variety of patients with joint and … Continue reading The balance of providing quality care

Fulton County man who claimed permanent disability sentenced for fraud

Robert Aleshire of Delta (Fulton County) was sentenced in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 13 following an investigation by BWC that found he was working while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. BWC’s Special Investigations Intelligence Unit identified that Aleshire was involved in a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio motor vehicle inspection as a commercial … Continue reading Fulton County man who claimed permanent disability sentenced for fraud

Spotlight: Intelligence Unit – Predicting even more results

By Jeff Baker, Program Administrator, BWC Special Investigations Department One of the many integral parts of the Special Investigations Department’s (SID) success is the heard-but-not-seen work done by our Intelligence Unit (IU). Its key functions are to provide support to BWC SID field agents through fraud detection and data analysis. For decades, the unit has … Continue reading Spotlight: Intelligence Unit – Predicting even more results

Columbus home health aides sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

State agency information sharing program tips off investigators COLUMBUS – Two Columbus women who were working as home health aides were sentenced for two separate cases of workers’ compensation fraud in Franklin County courtrooms last week. Latonia Almon and Michelle Green became the subjects of separate investigations after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) … Continue reading Columbus home health aides sentenced for workers’ comp fraud

Safety Ingenuity

By Bernie Silkowski, Director of Technical Services and Support, Division of Safety & Hygiene A couple of articles about innovation crossed my computer screen recently.  The first was a listing of the most innovative states based on R&D intensity, productivity, high-tech density, STEM concentration, science & engineering degree holders, and patent activity. Three days later … Continue reading Safety Ingenuity

BWC investigations result in nine workers’ comp fraud convictions in December

Columbus - Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced today that nine individuals were convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, charges related to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in December 2015. These court actions are the result of investigations conducted by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID). “Several employers are featured in this … Continue reading BWC investigations result in nine workers’ comp fraud convictions in December

Happy New Year… Reflecting on the past… Focusing on the Future

By Abe Al-Tarawneh, Superintendent, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene For most, the end of a year and beginning of a new one serves for reflection on the past year and resolution for a better oncoming year. Last month (December) I had the privilege of presenting to the BWC Board of Directors on the Division … Continue reading Happy New Year… Reflecting on the past… Focusing on the Future

Bedford man convicted of same workers’ comp fraud as his sister

Ramzes Madison of Bedford (Cuyahoga County) was convicted charges related to misleading BWC about his status as a college student on December 10, three weeks after his sister pleaded guilty to similar charges. Ramzes Madison was eligible to receive death benefits up to age 25 if enrolled at an accredited educational institution. SID began investigating … Continue reading Bedford man convicted of same workers’ comp fraud as his sister

Columbus woman files claim for phony workplace injury

BWC’s Special Investigations Department began investigating after receiving an allegation indicating Burns had falsified a First Report of Injury (FROI) in an attempt to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Burns completed a FROI and alleged she was injured while working at M&S Carryout. The investigation proved Burns was not employed on the date she claimed she … Continue reading Columbus woman files claim for phony workplace injury