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Division of Workers’ Compensation news releases

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January 3, 2023
DWC announces the 2023 health care provider and staff webinar series
Registration is open for DWC’s free and updated lunchtime webinar series, including our eight-part boot camp training for those new to workers’ compensation.

December 2, 2022
Fort Worth area business pleads guilty to felony fraud
This week, a Travis County district court judge convicted HSC International Ltd. of second-degree felony in a scheme to defraud Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

November 18, 2022
Global Animal Products earns safety award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized Global Animal Products with a Lone Star Safety Award for their exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.

November 18, 2022
ACB International earns safety award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) presented ACB International with a Lone Star Safety Award at a ceremony at the company’s Hankamer chemical plant on November 18.

November 17, 2022
DWC announces executive staff changes
Erica De La Cruz is now Deputy Commissioner of Claims and Customer Service. The new program area includes Claims Services, Self Insurance Regulation, and the Subsequent Injury Fund.

November 16, 2022
New dispute resolution Brown Bag Series
Deputy Commissioner of Hearings Allen Craddock and his staff will continue a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Texas workers’ compensation system. Participants are invited to bring a lunch for these meetings in this Brown Bag Series.

November 10, 2022
Houston area business will pay $300,000 for workers’ compensation insurance fraud
This week, a Travis County district court judge convicted Sehgal & Sons Enterprises (Ultra Business Services Inc.) of first-degree felony in a scheme to defraud Texas Mutual Insurance Company (Texas Mutual).

October 4, 2022
WPT Power earns safety award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized WPT Power Corp. with a third Lone Star Safety Award for its exemplary workplace safety efforts and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.

August 23, 2022
La Barbecue manager and owner indicted on fraud charges
The owner of an East Austin restaurant and her manager have been indicted and summoned to appear in Travis County District Court for their alleged role in a $350,000 workers’ compensation fraud scheme.

August 4, 2022
Wife of former San Antonio trucking magnate charged in multi-million-dollar fraud scheme
This week, Francis Hall, the former co-owner of Bill Hall Jr. Trucking turned herself into Bexar County authorities. There had been a warrant out for Hall’s arrest since June 30 of this year when a Travis County grand jury indicted her for fraud.

July 28, 2022
Two Texas companies earn safety awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) renewed two Texas companies’ Lone Star Safety Awards for their exemplary workplace safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. The companies include Pond and Company in Pasadena and Southern Plastics, Inc. in Kilgore.

May 17, 2022
Injured employee survey
Texas A&M University, Public Policy Research Institute is starting their biennial survey of injured employees on behalf of the Texas Department of Insurance, Workers’ Compensation Research and Evaluation Group (REG). The results will be used in REG’s Network Report Card required by law.

April 26, 2022
East Texas company earns safety award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recognized Tyler Beverages with the Lone Star Safety Program Award for its exemplary workplace health and safety programs and low rates of work-related injuries and illnesses. Tyler Beverages bottles and distributes soft drinks and other beverages, and packages and wholesales bagged and block ice. The company employs 98 people in the Tyler area.

March 25, 2022
Arlington doctor gets prison time for fraud and drug crimes
On March 24, 2022, a U.S. district judge sentenced Clinton Battle, M.D. of Arlington to 12 years in federal prison based on a conviction and guilty plea from July 2021.

February 16, 2022
Division of Workers' Compensation announces performance based oversight results
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has released the 2021 Health Care Provider Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment.

January 12, 2022
Business owner facing trial for $1.1 million insurance fraud scheme
A Houston area businessman faces multiple charges in connection with a long-running premium fraud scheme.

December 22, 2021
DWC announces the 2022 health care providers and staff webinar series
Registration is open for DWC’s free and updated lunchtime webinar series for health care providers and medical office staff who handle administrative processes related to providing health care to Texas workers’ compensation injured employees.

July 30, 2021
Texas doctor convicted of fraud, drug crimes
A North Texas doctor will pay $376,368 in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud conspiracy in federal court.

June 1, 2021
DWC announces executive staff changes
Deputy Commissioner for Hearings, Kerry Sullivan is retiring. Replacing Sullivan as deputy commissioner is current Director of Hearings, Allen Craddock.

March 26, 2021
Houston and Dallas-area attorneys charged with fraud
A grand jury has returned indictments against three attorneys and two law firms in Lewisville and Houston. The indictments stem from Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) Fraud Unit investigations that were referred to DWC’s prosecutor embedded in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

March 23, 2021
DWC helps feds close the door on multi-million dollar fraud case
Last week, U.S. District Judge Zack Zouhary sentenced the remaining defendants in the Forest Park Medical Center health care fraud bribery scam.

February 26, 2021
Central Texas concrete plants receive safety awards
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized Lauren Concrete plants in Austin and Manor for their exemplary workplace safety programs by renewing their Lone Star Safety Awards. The ready-mix concrete plants are among 18 of 23 Lauren Concrete facilities in Texas to receive the Lone Star Safety Award.

February 26, 2021
East Texas company earns Lone Star Safety Award
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) recently recognized Capacity of Texas with a Lone Star Safety Award for its exemplary workplace safety program. Capacity of Texas employs 119 workers at its Longview plant. It manufactures terminal truck tractors for ports and railway hubs around the world.

February 3, 2021
Division of Workers' Compensation announces performance based oversight results
The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) has released the 2020 Insurance Carrier Performance Based Oversight (PBO) assessment. For 2020, insurance carriers were assessed on their performance in five measures.

January 21, 2021
DWC announces the 2021 health care providers and staff webinar series
Registration is open for the DWC’s 2021 free webinar series for health care providers and medical office staff covering administrative processes related to providing health care to Texas workers’ compensation injured employees

January 8, 2021
Free training on the new ODG platform
This webinar familiarizes workers’ compensation stakeholders with the new ODG platform. The new platform replaces the ODG Legacy website, which will sunset effect March 31, 2021. It does not change the content of the guidelines or formulary.



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