Workers’ comp fraud lands cheaters costly penalties

Convicts include Central Ohio doc ordered to pay $71K to BWC Four Ohioans convicted or sentenced for workers’ compensation fraud in April include a Central Ohio physician who unlawfully distributed controlled substances and overbilled the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). On April 15, U.S. Judge Michael Wilson of the Southern District of Ohio ordered … Continue reading Workers’ comp fraud lands cheaters costly penalties

Convicted of fraud, nurse ordered to pay BWC $23K in restitution

Felony conviction for Shaker Heights woman A Cleveland-area nurse was ordered to pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) more than $23,000 in restitution April 7 after BWC discovered her working while collecting injured-worker benefits. A Franklin County judge ordered Tanya Houston, 46, of Shaker Heights to pay $23,489 to BWC and serve five … Continue reading Convicted of fraud, nurse ordered to pay BWC $23K in restitution

Online Medical & Health Symposium is a big success!

Virtual symposium breaks registration records By John Annarino, Chief Medical and Health Officer   Together, we did it. We appreciate the thousands of attendees who joined us worldwide for our first-ever virtual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium this past Thursday through Saturday. By going virtual, registration increased by nearly five times our 2019 … Continue reading Online Medical & Health Symposium is a big success!

South Point Village adds new safety equipment for first responders, takes great strides improving safety program

By Roger Hoback, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist When posed with the question of how to use their portion of the $5 billion dividend that BWC sent to private and public employers in late 2020, South Point Village decided to put safety first. South Point Mayor Jeff Gaskin told BWC that the village’s portion of … Continue reading South Point Village adds new safety equipment for first responders, takes great strides improving safety program

2021 Medical & Health Symposium – Get informed and inspired!

Register now for our virtual event April 8-10 By Debi Kroninger, Chief of Medical Operations Each year at the conclusion of our annual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium, I ask myself this question: How are we going to top this next year? Without fail, I am floored every year by the impressive lineup … Continue reading 2021 Medical & Health Symposium – Get informed and inspired!

My family’s trauma changed my world

Thankfully, so did Kids’ Chance of Ohio By Malerie Mysza I remember the last truly happy moments I spent with my father. I was 4, and we sat watching cartoons and laughing in the living room of our home in Cleveland. Soon after, he suffered brain injuries and blindness from an on-the-job accident. My father … Continue reading My family’s trauma changed my world

Customers show us the love during COVID-19

BWC’s economic, health and safety initiatives draw high praise By Winnie Warren, BWC Interim Chief of Employer Services Working for the state of Ohio, we all know our job is to serve our fellow Ohioans and hopefully make a positive difference in their lives, so it’s gratifying when our colleagues and leaders take note — … Continue reading Customers show us the love during COVID-19

Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

By Michael Marr, BWC Safety Technical Resources Consultant In February, a 34-year-old worker died when a trench he was working in collapsed in Licking County. Just last month, a trench collapse killed two workers in Starkville, Mississippi. Unfortunately, these tragic incidents are reminders of the potential dangers of trenching and excavation work. However, most trenching … Continue reading Stand down focuses on keeping workers safe in trenches

BWC nurse battles COVID-19 on front lines

May is National Nurses Month. BWC nurse tells her story. By Jennifer Wolford RN, Medical Service Specialist, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Away from my BWC job as a medical service specialist, I work as an intermittent nurse in an emergency department (ED) at an Akron-area hospital on weekends. Since the community spread of COVID-19 … Continue reading BWC nurse battles COVID-19 on front lines