Monthly Archives: February 2017

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.

In neighboring news:

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation has formed an online insurance company database to assist Florida business owners.

In continuing news:

A new study has found that requiring doctors to check a prescription drug monitoring programs prior to prescribing opioids significantly cut incidences of “doctor shopping.”

In medical news:

The American College of Physicians recommends in an evidence-based clinical practice guideline recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine that physicians and patients should first treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation.

In educational news:

NCCI is offering two different learning opportunities in one location – the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA – on March 21st.

In neighboring news:

Texas Mutual Insurance Co., and VFIS of Texas have distributed $228,000 in grant money to 90 volunteer fire departments and nonprofit emergency medical service organizations across the state of Texas.

In national news:

President Trump announced at a press conference yesterday that R. Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University College of Law is the new pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor.

In tech news:

The latest episode of A.M. BestTV addresses the rise of artificial intelligence in the insurance industry.