On Tuesday, Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and DXC Technology announced the company will establish a 2,000-job Digital Transformation Center in the heart of New Orleans. DXC bills itself as “the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.”
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Opioids in MSAs, fentanyl bribes, and “liquid gold” drug screens and related genetic tests are your headlines for November 2017.
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.
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.
Research from a 95-page 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) report indicates that 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they reported it, which can create grounds to legally pursue an employer. The comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States concluded further that “anywhere from 25 percent to 85 percent of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace” and that the problem is massively underreported.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. FDA’s refusal to approve a new opioid, poor sleep’s effect on chronic pain, and $8,000 pain creams are your headlines for October 2017.
Pie Insurance, a digitally-enabled direct distribution workers’ compensation insurance business, recently launched its pricing tool at InsureTech Connect in Las Vegas. The company’s initial product is an interactive “Price Predictor” that allows small and medium-sized businesses improved insight into their workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Louisiana Comp Blog asked prominent local agents what they thought of this potentially disruptive technology.
Antoine’s Restaurant, a quintessential landmark of the New Orleans dining scene for tourists and locals alike, has started a new initiative to combat drug and alcohol abuse among its employees and improve work life balance. Now that the initial rollout is over, and in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to Matthew Daroca, Systems Development Manager at Antoine’s, to get details on the program and how Antoine’s hopes to export its benefits to the local food and beverage industry more generally.
The U.S. workers’ compensation sector reported a record high $58.5 billion in direct premiums written in 2016 despite economic, regulatory and legal issues that threaten to reshape the market, according to a new A.M. Best special report. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local voices to get their take on the report, including why, in this profitable environment, the need for reform remains a constant refrain.
The latest WCAC meeting held at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge on September 21st, again put the spotlight on the Broadspire genetic testing issue discussed at the last meeting. This time, a Broadspire representative spoke in response to the Council’s concerns.