The meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) on February 23rd focused almost exclusively on changes to the Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) Title 40, Chapter 23 and 27, as published in a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the February 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register.
The Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse held its last scheduled meeting yesterday at the Department of Health in Baton Rouge. The goal of the meeting was to reach consensus and finalize the list of recommendations from each of the eight topic-specific teams. Malcolm Broussard, Co-Chair of the Commission and head of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, led the meeting and emphasized to the members assembled that the body had already passed its deadline and that the Legislature is expecting quick action.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Marijuana, over- and under-use of medicine worldwide, and pharma money in odd places are your headlines for February 2017.
The University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) will hold its 2017 Risk and Insurance Talent Search on March 22nd and 23rd on its campus. The event, which aims to help carriers, agencies, brokers, and risk management professionals identify new talent from ULM’s Risk Management and Insurance program, is endorsed by the Professional Insurance Agents, (PIA) Louisiana Surplus Lines Association, (LSLA) and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL).
The Seventh Annual Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, held February 2nd and 3rd at the Renaissance hotel in Baton Rouge featured topical sessions on state regulation, opioids, return-to-work, and a range of other issues. One standout included a point/counterpoint style debate between Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Deputy Director Pauline Williams and LCTA Executive Vice-President Troy Prevot about Louisiana’s Second Injury Fund.
The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) released its Annual Report, which covers data collected by the office for both 2015 and 2016. Workers’ compensation does not figure prominently in the report, presumably because the market is relatively stable, however, there are some numbers worth addressing. The executive summary also offers some useful information about how LDI consolidated staff and services in the face of the state’s fiscal crisis.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) met in Baton Rouge on Thursday, January 26th, in the LaSalle building, to map out next steps for several ongoing issues including the body’s by-laws and potential reform priorities.
The latest meeting of the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse featured a discussion of a potential formulary for workers’ compensation which was ultimately scrapped. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWC) Director Sheral Kellar and Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) Director Gary Patureau sparred over singling out workers’ comp in the Commission’s draft recommendations.
Increased penalties for violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards took effect on January 13th, 2017, and are published in the Federal Register today.
Welcome to “Sonic Corner,” a new Q&A music series highlighting the tunes past and present that inspire the workers’ comp community. First up is David Benedict, State Relations Executive with the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).