Category Archives: Features

LCA Hits on “Warning Shot” in MSA Case, Nitty Gritty of Medical Marijuana

The Louisiana Claims Association held its 2017 conference at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge June 7th-9th. The event, now in its 23rd year, highlighted speakers from other parts of the country and featured a whole track of workers’ comp lectures. Jose Ortiz of Absolute Data Processing on medical marijuana and Mark Popolizio of ISO Claims Partners on MSAs were two out-of-state standouts.

“Pain Doctors Very Powerful in Louisiana” – Rep. Talbot Sounds Off on HB592 Failure

HB 592, the bill which would have established the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” (ODG) Appendix A closed pharmacy formulary as the law of the land in Louisiana failed last week after members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee ran out of time to hear the bill. Supporters and advocates of the measure, including the bill’s sponsor Rep. Talbot, say they’ll be back for more.

Rep. Davis on her HB675, Tightening Up Contractor Licensure and Insurance Requirements

Unlicensed contractors and contractors that neglect to maintain adequate workers’ compensation and general liability insurance can bring a world of problems for workers, consumers and carriers, but enforcement can be difficult, if not impossible. Representative Paula Davis, (R-Baton Rouge) in an effort to provide consumer protections, brought HB675 this Legislative Session, which is on track to hit the Governor’s desk this week.

OWC Director Responds to WorkCompCentral Article on Potential Veto of ODG Bill

This Tuesday, May 23rd, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed an ODG formulary bill for workers’ comp, 58-36. This morning, national industry publication WorkCompCentral (subscription required) published a piece which revealed that Governor John Bel Edwards will likely veto the bill if it reaches his desk. The following is Office of Workers’ Compensation Director Sheral Kellar’s response to the bill’s passage in the House and the WorkCompCentral article.

Comp in the Capitol: ODG Formulary Bill Awaiting Senate Labor, Opioid Rx Restrictions Keep Moving

The bill that would establish the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary in Louisiana passed the House 58-36 this week, and will soon be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.

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.