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Insurity Purchases Tropics in an Effort to Move into Niche Workers’ Comp Software Space

Last week, Insurity Inc. and Tropics Software Technologies Inc. announced that they were joining forces. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Tropics will now operate as “Tropics, an Insurity company” under the terms of the deal. We spoke with Trae Jones, director of sales and marketing at Tropics, and Lani Cathey, vice president at Insurity, to learn more about the deal and how they expect it to make a splash in the workers’ comp tech market.

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Preview: Louisiana Claims Association Conference to Be Held in Scenic Natchez June 27-29

The Louisiana Claims Association (LCA) is gearing up to host its 2016 Educational Conference and Expo in Natchez, Mississippi at the end of the month, with the theme of “Meet Us on the Mississippi.” The event, which brings together claims professionals from a wide variety of lines of insurance, will provide networking opportunities and a chance to reconnect with colleagues around the state. We spoke to Linda Alwood, Executive Director of LCA, to learn more about what’s new this year.

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Comp in the Capitol: Group Self-Insurance Fund Bill Dies in Final Minutes of Session, Few Other Bills Made It

The 2016 Regular Session officially ended at 6 PM yesterday. As lawmakers prepared to move into a second Special Session to remedy the state’s budget woes, HB 280 failed to be called up again in the House for a final vote after three amendments, one of which passed, were forcefully debated in the Senate. Only four measures of any major significance to the workers’ comp industry passed this year. Senator Gatti’s bill standardizing employer credits after successful subrogation efforts and the legislation eliminating the need for a prescription or referral for physical therapy are on the Governor’s desk. Governor Edwards already signed the bill requiring workers’ comp adjusters to be licensed, and HCR 113, which will create a committee to study opioid abuse in Louisiana, was signed by the Speaker of the House.

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Comp in the Capitol: Few Bills that Moved this Session Nearly Through

It’s the home stretch of the 2016 Legislative Session. Although legislators are scheduled to meet a mere half hour after this session ends on June 6th for a second special session to solve the state’s budget woes, some workers’ comp legislation did make it out of the gate and a few measures are close to final passage. Namely, the subrogation bill ensuring employers receive credit for prevailing against a third party as the cause of an accident, the bill stiffening the financial stability practices and procedures for group funds, and the resolution creating the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse.

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Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for June

Welcome to this month’s Comp Medical News recap. Local efforts to expand health coverage under Medicaid and care for addiction, plus new opioids research and a doctor lamenting the time when physicians were “artisans” are your headlines for June 2016.

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Comp in the Capitol: Adjuster Licensing Bill Signed by the Governor, Fund Regulation Bill Moves

The measure requiring workers’ comp adjusters to be licensed has been signed into law by Governor Edwards, and the bill granting further regulatory authority to the Insurance Commissioner to take control of group self-insurance funds in poor financial shape is close to final passage. The remaining relevant legislation is unlikely to move this Session, as Senator Neil Riser, Chairman of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, stated that he would not call any further meetings.

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