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Marginal Interests: Trey Mustian, Stanga & Mustian

Welcome to “Marginal Interests,” a series highlighting the varied reading habits of the local comp community. This time, we spoke to Trey Mustian, attorney with Stanga & Mustian and President of Louisiana Workers’ Advocates.

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WCRI Hosts Webinar on Provider Choice Study which Found Little Difference Between Employer and Employee Choice States

The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) hosted a webinar on its recent provider choice study, which on the surface found no statistically significant difference in costs between employee versus employer provider choice states.

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LCA Hits on “Warning Shot” in MSA Case, Nitty Gritty of Medical Marijuana

The Louisiana Claims Association held its 2017 conference at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge June 7th-9th. The event, now in its 23rd year, highlighted speakers from other parts of the country and featured a whole track of workers’ comp lectures. Jose Ortiz of Absolute Data Processing on medical marijuana and Mark Popolizio of ISO Claims Partners on MSAs were two out-of-state standouts.

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“Pain Doctors Very Powerful in Louisiana” – Rep. Talbot Sounds Off on HB592 Failure

HB 592, the bill which would have established the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” (ODG) Appendix A closed pharmacy formulary as the law of the land in Louisiana failed last week after members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee ran out of time to hear the bill. Supporters and advocates of the measure, including the bill’s sponsor Rep. Talbot, say they’ll be back for more.

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Comp in the Capitol: ODG Formulary Bill Appears Dead

The bill that would establish the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary in Louisiana appears to be indefinitely shelved as the deadline for scheduling a final meeting of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee before the end of the Session has passed.

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Rep. Davis on her HB675, Tightening Up Contractor Licensure and Insurance Requirements

Unlicensed contractors and contractors that neglect to maintain adequate workers’ compensation and general liability insurance can bring a world of problems for workers, consumers and carriers, but enforcement can be difficult, if not impossible. Representative Paula Davis, (R-Baton Rouge) in an effort to provide consumer protections, brought HB675 this Legislative Session, which is on track to hit the Governor’s desk this week.

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