Category Archives: Features

On His Way Out, Rep. Broadwater Warns Against Partisanship on WCAC

State Representative Chris Broadwater (R-Hammond) announced his resignation late last year, citing the need to spend more time with his family. His last official day will be no later than March 1st, 2018. In an interview with Louisiana Comp Blog, Broadwater pointed to opioids and problems with the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council as areas that still need attention.

Editorial: Gary Kern, in Defense of the Second Injury Fund

In the following editorial, Gary Kern of RiskSAVERS LLC addresses criticisms of the Second Injury Fund, its functionality and its assessments. Kern believes that despite its problems, we owe it to small employers and workers who have previously experienced an injury to have the Second Injury Fund in place in Louisiana.

NCCI Discusses +0.4% Loss Cost Increase at State Advisory Forum

The National Council on Compensation Insurance presented the details of its proposed +0.4 percent loss cost increase for the state of Louisiana at its annual State Advisory Forum in Baton Rouge yesterday. Local leaders in the workers’ comp space were generally pleased with the move after years of significant rate decreases.

WCAC Votes to Issue Cease and Desist to Insight Labs Regarding Phamacogenetic Testing

CORRECTED 10/30/17: The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council met yesterday in Baton Rouge and took action on the pharmacogenetic testing issue, two months after Council member Bray Williams raised concerns about the practice stemming from the treatment of one of his clients for whom Broadspire was the workers’ comp TPA. Office of Workers’ Compensation Director and WCAC Chair Sheral Kellar and Medical Director Dr. Jason Picard also gave an update on the Medical Treatment Guidelines.