Author Archives: Comp Blog Staff

In medical news:

A new analysis found that patients receiving higher doses of opioids experienced worse outcomes, including greater pain intensity and poorer quality of life.

In industry news:

Injured workers will now be able to meet with physicians specialized in workers’ compensation injuries by phone or video when their employers participate in Coventry’s telemedicine program.

In regulatory news:

President Trump nominated Heather L. MacDougall of Florida to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

In medical news:

The use of interim buprenorphine in people on a waiting list to enter treatment for opioid abuse resulted in dramatically less illicit opioid use than in people without interim therapy.

Pharmacy Formulary Debate Pits Two Bills Against Each Other – ODG vs. Louisiana-specific

Two closed pharmacy formulary proposals have been filed so far in this year’s Regular Session, which began April 10th and concludes June 8th. One measure, HB 592 by Representatives Talbot, Barras, Davis and Lance Harris, requires the use of the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Appendix A. The other, HB 529 by Representative Broadwater, does not require the Louisiana Workforce Commission to implement any specific formulary, but rather, would more broadly ask the LWC and Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) to create one with input from a range of system stakeholders.

In local news:

An ex-NOPD officer who became an advocate for marijuana after a work injury left him in chronic pain and addicted to opioids was recently profiled by the Advocate.

In regulatory news:

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has written about the opioid crisis and its effect on insurance markets in the April 2017 edition of IIABL’s “Louisiana Agent” online magazine.

In national news:

Property/Casualty 360 published a look at how construction companies sometimes illegally hide workers in shell companies in order to avoid paying for workers’ comp coverage.