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Stonetrust’s New CEO Mike Dileo Talks Expansion, Louisiana Market Conditions

A new CEO is in at Baton Rouge-based Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Company. Michael Dileo, most recently Senior Vice President of Operations at Stonetrust, has succeeded founding President Tim Dietrich, who led the company for 24 years. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Dileo about the future of the company under his leadership and what’s behind the persistent soft market in Louisiana.

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Rise of the Next Generation: ULM Summer Interns at Comp Companies on their Experience

The last decade has witnessed a near-constant refrain among industry experts that insurance is quickly becoming an aging sector. On a local level, the University of Louisiana Monroe’s (ULM) Department of Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) is hard at work to fill the gap, under the leadership of Christine Berry, Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.

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Clavier v. Coburn Supply Louisiana Supreme Court Decision Highlights Terminology Issues, Funding of FCEs

Another recent Louisiana Supreme Court case involving workers’ compensation has the industry buzzing – Paula Clavier v. Coburn Supply Company. The case, decided in favor of the employer, was overshadowed by the Burgess choice of pharmacy ruling, (issued the same day last month) but advocates for injured workers say that Clavier could have even wider implications.

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Essential Updates: Comp Medical News July 2017

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. It’s all opioids, all the time in your headlines.

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Local Voices React to Burgess v. SWB of New Orleans Decision Granting Pharmacy Choice to Employers

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a landmark decision last week granting employers choice of pharmacy, resolving a split in circuit courts up to this point.

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Women in Comp: Linda Alwood, Executive Director of LCA

Linda Alwood, Executive Director of the Louisiana Claims Association (LCA), is our latest “Women in Comp” featured leader. Read on for her perspective about building a business and getting the job done, regardless of gender.

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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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