November WCAC Meeting Features Discussion of New Draft By-Laws

The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) held its November meeting on the 30th in Baton Rouge and introduced new draft by-laws for the Council.

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Florida Circuit Court Judge Strikes Down 14.5 Percent Rate Hike in Fee v. NCCI

A Florida judge recently shot down NCCI and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) 14.5 percent rate hike for workers’ comp in that state, saying that NCCI held “secret” meetings without public notice, and because it is statutorily recognized, acted improperly in doing so. The ruling has been stayed pending a FLOIR appeal filed November 29th. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to NCCI and Florida stakeholders to get their take on the issue.

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Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for November

Welcome to this month’s Comp Medical News update. The power of music, older opioids and cash incentives for exercise are your headlines.

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Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse Holds Second Meeting, Updates for Each Key Action Area

The Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse held its second meeting this week. The Commission has a February 2017 deadline to deliver a report to the Legislature discussing eight areas of action, referred to by the Commission as “topics,” which were previously divided up by Commission co-chairs Eric Torres of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and Malcolm Broussard of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

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2016 LASIE Conference Pushes Reform on Outpatient Costs, Opioids

The Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) held its 25th annual conference at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, LA from November 2nd-4th. In addition to celebrating LASIE’s quarter-century of service to the self-insured community, the program emphasized several areas of reform. Given the national picture and our neighboring states, it was no surprise that opioid abuse and Louisiana’s outpatient billing rules emerged as key areas of discussion.

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NCCI Proposes 9.8 Percent Loss Cost Decrease for Louisiana, Industry Reacts

At the Louisiana State Advisory Forum in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, NCCI proposed a 9.8 percent loss cost decrease for next year. If approved by regulators, it will take effect on May 1st, 2017. NCCI representatives speaking at the Forum (Laura Bryan, Nadege Bernard and Susan Schulte) explained that the relatively steep decrease is due mainly to decreased claim frequency across the state.

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