The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. Several workers’ comp bills have been filed for this Session, including one which would open carriers up to tort liability if they unreasonably deny medical treatment. Notably, no bill has yet been filed that would establish a closed pharmacy formulary for workers’ comp. Formularies akin to Texas’ system were a hot topic in the last two Legislative Sessions.
The following editorial by local claimant attorney Gregory J. Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard is the second of a three-part series on the opioid crisis. Hubachek lays out his ideas for a modern approach to opioid drugs, including the concept of “integrative medicine.”
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Functional heroin addicts, kratom, and new SAMHSA guidelines are your headlines for February 2018.
The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) issued a FlashReport on Tuesday which attempts to show how a Texas-like closed formulary, such as the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary, might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs prescribed to Louisiana state employees. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local stakeholders to get their take on whether or not Louisiana prescribers would respond to a formulary the way Texas has and the way WCRI ponders in the report.
The following editorial by local claimant attorney Gregory J. Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard addresses the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) opioid prescribing guidelines and how they believe the guidelines’ scientific support is limited.
The Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation hosted its eighth annual Educational Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge, February 1st and 2nd. Included in the dynamic program was an update on the status of Louisiana’s new medical marijuana program, featuring the state Senator who spearheaded the effort, and the LSU Ag Center doctor overseeing the cultivation of the product.
Insurance Auditors Association of Louisiana (IAALA), which was officially established in July 2016, is now collecting contact information from interested parties and will open membership and announce local events later this year. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with Nancy Hebert, Audit Department Manager at LCI Workers’ Comp, to get details on the goals of the Louisiana chapter and its plans to put education of the younger generation at the forefront of its mission.
The World Economic Forum (WEF), which meets this week in Davos, Switzerland, released its latest report Monday – Towards a Reskilling Revolution, A Future of Jobs for All. The report, which was conducted in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group and utilizes 2016 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicts dire consequences for women and less educated workers who do not get the training they need before 2026. Further, workers’ comp carriers will likely need to “reskill” themselves as automation permanently reduces payroll.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Drug prices, nerve pain prescriptions, and rural hospitals are your headlines for January 2018.
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.