OMA Members Briefed on Impact of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Studies show that fraud represents between 5% and 20% of all workers’ compensation benefits paid — equal to between $100 million and $400 million of the medical and compensation payments made every year by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). That was just one takeaway from this week’s OMA Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee meeting, the first of 2020.

OMA members heard informative presentations from BWC officials on the bureau’s special investigations department and its self-insured operations. Other highlights were updates on pending legislation, including a proposal to allow mental-only conditions — such as PTSD — to be covered under Ohio’s workers’ comp.

The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 11. All OMA members are welcome to register to participate either in person or by phone. 2/26/2020