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Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for March 2017

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Overdose deaths in Orleans Parish, hospital waste, and the link between poor diet and a wide range of chronic disease are your headlines.

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March WCAC Meeting: MTGs Reform Halted, New Draft Second Injury and OWCA Records Forms

The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) featured new draft forms for the Second Injury Fund and workers’ compensation claims records, as well as discussion of the latest developments in the Barber case and how the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) is responding to the pending case.

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OWC Director Sheral Kellar on Revamped Employer Fraud Focus

Under the leadership of Executive Director Ava DeJoie, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has taken proactive steps to mitigate employer fraud since her appointment in January of 2016. Although workers’ compensation fraud is often thought of as a problem among injured workers receiving undue benefits, there are other underlying issues at play in the employer sphere.

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Guest Post: Dr. Douglas Lurie on Work as Medicine

The following guest post is by Dr. Douglas Lurie, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans. In the workers’ comp arena, Dr. Lurie has performed thousands of utilization reviews since the Medical Treatment Guidelines were implemented. He is also the National Medical Director for Propeer, a URAC-certified independent review organization. In this piece, Dr. Lurie explains how return to work can sometimes be the best medicine.

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Plaintiffs, OWCA, and Local Voices Respond to Latest Decision in Barber Case

The most recent decision in Barber v. Louisiana Workforce Commission issued a permanent injunction halting parts of the utilization review process under the Louisiana Medical Treatment Guidelines. We reached out to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration, the plaintiffs and other local comp experts to get their take on the latest development in this ongoing story.

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Significant Changes to MTGs Discussed at February WCAC Meeting

The meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) on February 23rd focused almost exclusively on changes to the Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) Title 40, Chapter 23 and 27, as published in a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the February 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register.

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