The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold the second of two meetings about Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) on August 28th, 2017, in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Medical marijuana distribution in Louisiana, chronic pain in the NFL, and opioid use as a factor in low workforce participation are your headlines for August.
Safety National recently hosted a webinar dedicated to the constantly evolving medical marijuana sector and its effect on workers’ compensation programs. Mark Walls of Safety National hosted the event, which included discussion of how medical marijuana programs must evolve given the drug’s rising profile, plus its current legal status. We spoke to local comp carriers about their marijuana policies as distribution looms in Louisiana.
The July Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting held in Baton Rouge on Thursday focused primarily on revisions to several forms, an issue previously debated and discussed at the March meeting. Council members also addressed a letter sent by Dr. Clark Gunderson to WCAC Chair and Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Director Sheral Kellar regarding the differences between two types of pain management physicians.
A new CEO is in at Baton Rouge-based Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Company. Michael Dileo, most recently Senior Vice President of Operations at Stonetrust, has succeeded founding President Tim Dietrich, who led the company for 24 years. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Dileo about the future of the company under his leadership and what’s behind the persistent soft market in Louisiana.
The last decade has witnessed a near-constant refrain among industry experts that insurance is quickly becoming an aging sector. On a local level, the University of Louisiana Monroe’s (ULM) Department of Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) is hard at work to fill the gap, under the leadership of Christine Berry, Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.
Another recent Louisiana Supreme Court case involving workers’ compensation has the industry buzzing – Paula Clavier v. Coburn Supply Company. The case, decided in favor of the employer, was overshadowed by the Burgess choice of pharmacy ruling, (issued the same day last month) but advocates for injured workers say that Clavier could have even wider implications.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. It’s all opioids, all the time in your headlines.
The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a landmark decision last week granting employers choice of pharmacy, resolving a split in circuit courts up to this point.
Linda Alwood, Executive Director of the Louisiana Claims Association (LCA), is our latest “Women in Comp” featured leader. Read on for her perspective about building a business and getting the job done, regardless of gender.