OH - Two Plead Guilty to Working While Collecting Injury Benefits
| 22 min read
Just a few weeks after claiming he was injured in 2016 while working at a restaurant, a Cleveland-area man went back to work. Now, he must pay some $4,000 in restitution and a $500 fine after pleading guilty last week to workers' compensation fraud.
Anthony Caputo, 67, worked for four different employers while collecting benefits and never reported his employment, officials with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation said in a news release.
Most recently, investigators, acting on a tip, observed Caputo working as a valet at a hospital.
“In fact, we found he went ba...
ID - Industrial Commission Posts Opioid Presentation
The Idaho Industrial Commission posted to its website a slideshow and audit recording from a presentation about medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction in the workers’ compensation system.
The session focuses on the scope of the opioid overuse epidemic, definitions of opioid use disorder, addiction and recovery, and evidence-based treatments for opioid use disorder.
It also included a discussion about opioid agonists methadone and buprenorphine.
Audio from the hour-long presentation is available here.
Slides are here.
TX - Division Announces 2.7% Increase in Maximum Benefit Rate
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that the maximum workers’ compensation benefit will increase, by 2.7%, to $938 for dates of injury from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2019.
The maximum rate is set at the state average weekly wage, rounded to the nearest dollar. The current rate is $913. The division set the minimum rate at $141, up from $137.
The division also set the discount rate, which is used to calculate lump-sum benefit awards to account for the present value of the money. The rate is set at 6.06% from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
The rate is set at the treasur...