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Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse Gets to Work in Baton Rouge with 2/17 Deadline

The inaugural meeting of the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse was held yesterday at the Department of Health in Baton Rouge. The Commission is the result of HCR 113, a resolution passed in the last regular legislative session and is co-chaired by Malcolm Broussard of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and Eric D. Torres of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

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LABI 2016 Workers’ Comp Seminar Turns Up the Heat on Opioids, Claim Management Issues

Last week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) held its annual workers’ comp seminar at L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge. Presenters addressed a wide variety of industry issues, including deposition strategies, functional capacity evaluations and physical therapy. However, opioids and policy controls surrounding them remained a major focus of the event, with a stirring speech from state Representative Chris Broadwater (R – Hammond).

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September Comp in Focus Luncheon Featured Florida Actuary Steve Alexander, Homed in on NCCI’s Influence

On Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, Louisiana Comp Blog hosted another Comp in Focus industry issues luncheon at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans. The lunch, which is held bimonthly and features a speaker on current events and industry concerns, was the best attended in the event’s year-long history.

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Guest Post: Dr. Douglas Lurie on Communication Breakdowns in the Comp Doc’s Office

The following guest post is by Dr. Douglas Lurie, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans. He graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham Southern College as a Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Dr. Lurie then graduated from the University of South Alabama School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery internship and residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, where he was a chief resident. In the workers’ comp arena, Dr. Lurie has performed thousands of utilization reviews since the Medical Treatment Guidelines were implemented. He is also the National Medical Director for Propeer, a URAC-certified independent review organization.

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LWC Hosts First “Town Hall Meeting” on MTGs in New Orleans

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) hosted a “Town Hall Meeting” at the Port of New Orleans on Tuesday focusing on the Medical Treatment Guidelines and related processing issues. The meeting was one of a series that will be held in locations around the state.

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BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25:  One-ounce bags of medicinal marijuana are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late Wednesday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Essential Updates: Comp Medical News for September

Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News, essential updates on health news around the country. Prescription drug prices, the marijuana “knowledge gap,” and the new federal chemical safety law are your headlines leading into September 2016.

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