CMS Sues Yet Another Attorney for Failing to Reimburse Medicare

For many of you reading this the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (“CMS”) may sometimes feel like the bane of your existence. Gone are the good old days when you could settle the claim of an older worker secure in the knowledge that future medical payments for the injuries underlying the claim would be covered by … Continue reading CMS Sues Yet Another Attorney for Failing to Reimburse Medicare

How to get part of the employer’s trial expenses reimbursed by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 4123.512(D) employers are entitled to reimbursement for the stenographic costs of depositions taken of a physician which is introduced at trial. That pertinent part of that section reads: “The bureau of workers' compensation shall pay the cost of the stenographic deposition filed in court and of copies of the stenographic deposition … Continue reading How to get part of the employer’s trial expenses reimbursed by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

7 Things to Remember When Defending a VSSR in Ohio

Dealing with an alleged Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement ("VSSR") is, fortunately, not something employers have to deal with very often.  In fact, a client with whom I've worked for several years wasn't even aware of the issue until it recently came up.  In the event that you or your client is faced with this situation, … Continue reading 7 Things to Remember When Defending a VSSR in Ohio

THE OHIO SUPREME COURT’S NEW CONTINUING JURISDICTION CASE MADE EXCITING…..WELL, MAYBE

First off, if you actually clicked in to read this article, congratulations! You must be a dedicated workers’ compensation superstar.  When the Supreme Court issued its decision last week in State ex rel. Witt v. Indus. Comm., my first thought was “who in the heck would want to read about that?”. With that said, the … Continue reading THE OHIO SUPREME COURT’S NEW CONTINUING JURISDICTION CASE MADE EXCITING…..WELL, MAYBE

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Proposes $1.5 Billion Rebate

At a press conference with Ohio Governor John Kasich on Tuesday, BWC Administrator Sarah Morrison announced that the Bureau is recommending $1.5 billion in rebates to Ohio employers. If the rebates are approved, rebate checks amounting to 85% of premiums paid for the policy year ending June 30, 2017 will be mailed to employers this … Continue reading Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Proposes $1.5 Billion Rebate

OHIO SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT EMPLOYERS’ SUBROGATION INTEREST VESTS AT THE TIME OF THE INJURY

Last week, in Bur. Of Workers’ Comp. v. Verlinger, Slip Opinion No. 2018-Ohio-1481, the Supreme Court held that the BWC’s right of subrogation vests at the time of the injury or death that occurred during the course of employment. This decision is important because, before this decision, injured workers would assert that the employer/BWC’s subrogation … Continue reading OHIO SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT EMPLOYERS’ SUBROGATION INTEREST VESTS AT THE TIME OF THE INJURY

The Ohio Workers First Act-PowerPoint Presentation

This post is the long version of the PowerPoint presentation regarding the Ohio Workers First Act I gave at the CMBA Workers' Compensation Section meeting in January.  I'm posting it in particular for those who are going to see the shortened version of the presentation at the SIGO Education Day on March 16th, and are looking for some more information regarding the … Continue reading The Ohio Workers First Act-PowerPoint Presentation

New Rules for Self-Insured Employers to Unilaterally Terminate Payment for Medications

A recent change to the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C.) clarifies the procedure by which employers may unilaterally terminate payment for ongoing prescriptions in claims. Specifically, O.A.C. Section 4123-6-21.1 provides that self-insured employers may terminate payment for prescription medications by: Notifying the worker, their representative, and the prescribing physician in writing that the employer will be obtaining a … Continue reading New Rules for Self-Insured Employers to Unilaterally Terminate Payment for Medications

GREATEST HITS OF 2017- WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Admittedly there will be “2017 greatest hits” lists on subjects much more exciting than this, but this is a workers’ compensation blog after all. So (drumroll please) here are my “top 14” of 2017 Ohio workers’ compensation cases and legislation. Enacted Legislation House Bill 27, which became effective September 29, 2017, made several important substantive … Continue reading GREATEST HITS OF 2017- WORKERS’ COMPENSATION