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Last Scheduled Prevention of Opioid Abuse Commission Meeting Finds Consensus, Formulary Out

The Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse held its last scheduled meeting yesterday at the Department of Health in Baton Rouge. The goal of the meeting was to reach consensus and finalize the list of recommendations from each of the eight topic-specific teams. Malcolm Broussard, Co-Chair of the Commission and head of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, led the meeting and emphasized to the members assembled that the body had already passed its deadline and that the Legislature is expecting quick action.

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Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for February

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Marijuana, over- and under-use of medicine worldwide, and pharma money in odd places are your headlines for February 2017.

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ULM 2017 Risk and Insurance Talent Search Ready to Match Industry with Young Professionals

The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) will hold its 2017 Risk and Insurance Talent Search on March 22nd and 23rd on its campus. The event, which aims to help carriers, agencies, brokers, and risk management professionals identify new talent from ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance program, is endorsed by the Professional Insurance Agents, (PIA) Louisiana Surplus Lines Association, (LSLA) and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL).

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2017 OWC Educational Conference Features Spirited Discussion of Second Injury Fund

The Seventh Annual Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, held February 2nd and 3rd at the Renaissance hotel in Baton Rouge featured topical sessions on state regulation, opioids, return-to-work, and a range of other issues. One standout included a point/counterpoint style debate between Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Deputy Director Pauline Williams and LCTA Executive Vice-President Troy Prevot about Louisiana’s Second Injury Fund.

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LDI Publishes Annual Report for 2015-2016

The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) released its Annual Report, which covers data collected by the office for both 2015 and 2016. Workers’ compensation does not figure prominently in the report, presumably because the market is relatively stable, however, there are some numbers worth addressing. The executive summary also offers some useful information about how LDI consolidated staff and services in the face of the state’s fiscal crisis.

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WCAC January Meeting Sees Finalization of By-Laws, Legislative Priorities

The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) met in Baton Rouge on Thursday, January 26th, in the LaSalle building, to map out next steps for several ongoing issues including the body’s by-laws and potential reform priorities.

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