Author Archives: Comp Blog Staff

In legislative news:

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee moved Rep. Moreno’s HB192 forward without opposition yesterday. The bill would limit opioid Rx to 7 days in most cases.

In industry news:

Express Scripts announced yesterday that it is acquiring Tampa-based myMatrixx, a pharmacy benefit manager for the workers’ compensation market.

OWCA, Plus Voices for and Against, React to ODG Formulary Vote

HB592, Rep. Talbot’s closed pharmacy formulary bill, which would make the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” the law of the land, passed the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on May 11th, 8 to 5, with four members absent. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local stakeholders and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) for reaction to the vote. The measure is scheduled for debate on the House Floor on Thursday, May 18th.

In national news:

The White House announced the appointment of James J. Sullivan, Jr. of Pennsylvania to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

In continuing news:

The Oklahoma Senate confirmed two of Governor Mary Fallin’s appointments to the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, despite a legal challenge.

In neighboring news:

Oklahoma City-based attorney Bob Burke is asking the state Supreme Court to block an appointment to the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission.

In economic news:

New BLS numbers show that the March 2017 job openings rate for total nonfarm employment was 3.8 percent, and the hires rate was 3.6 percent.

In industry news:

The American Insurance Association recently announced that Maggie Seidel has assumed the position of Vice President for Public Affairs.