Monthly Archives: August 2019

OWCA Responds to WCRI Study Finding Louisiana is an Outlier in Opioid Prescribing

WCRI released a new study: Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, which assesses claims data from 27 states, including Louisiana, from October 2011 to March 2018. The study finds that, in all states studied, fewer injured workers received opioids recently as compared with previous years. Injured workers continue to be treated for pain with NSAIDs, which increased modestly, and other interventions. 

In local news:

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration published the new minimum and maximum compensation rates.

In industry news:

Safety National announced a new webinar. Risk Management and Technology 101: Navigating Complexity. The event will be held on August 26th, 2019, 10:30-11:30 AM CST.

In industry news:

SAWCA and have entered into a partnership that will enhance the growing regulator organization’s internet presence and related online services.

In economic news:

In June 2019, the leisure and hospitality industry hired 1,142,000 people nationwide, an increase of 42,000 hires from May and 64,000 hires from June 2018, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

In safety news:

OSHA issued a reminder to employers who have not already done so to submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).