Category Archives: Opinion

Guest Post: Dr. Douglas Lurie on Work as Medicine

The following guest post is by Dr. Douglas Lurie, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans. In the workers’ comp arena, Dr. Lurie has performed thousands of utilization reviews since the Medical Treatment Guidelines were implemented. He is also the National Medical Director for Propeer, a URAC-certified independent review organization. In this piece, Dr. Lurie explains how return to work can sometimes be the best medicine.

Guest Post: Jeffrey Napolitano on Lafayette Bone & Joint Clinic v. LUBA and Choice of Pharmacy Implications

The recent Lafayette Bone & Joint Clinic v. LUBA case decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court sought to settle questions regarding employer choice of pharmacy (about which courts have differed). In the following guest post, Jeffrey Napolitano, attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman representing LUBA in this case, explains the matter and implications for carriers moving forward.

Guest Post: Gregory J. Hubachek on “A Bipartisan Prescription for Louisiana’s Opioid Crisis,” Part 2

The following guest post by local claimant attorney Gregory J. Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard is the second in a two part series addressing solutions to Louisiana’s opioid epidemic. It is one of several policy papers addressing key issues for discussion in the 2016 Legislative Session. Below, Hubachek and Brainard discuss alternatives to a closed formulary for curbing opioid abuse in our state, placing particular emphasis on prescription drug monitoring databases and alternative therapies.

Guest Post: Gregory J. Hubachek on Solving Louisiana’s Revenue Crisis by Targeting Misclassification

Gregory Hubachek, of Workers’ Compensation LLC, a law firm representing injured workers, has practiced in the field of workers’ compensation for over two decades and served on the Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council since 2009, as well as providing educational presentations for a variety of organizations including LABI, the OWC, and the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group. In this guest post, Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard sound off on how Louisiana can remedy its current budget woes by enforcing existing employment laws, and why dedicating resources to the Louisiana Workforce Commission to that end is so vitally important.

Op/Ed: Oklahoma Claimant Attorney Bob Burke Addresses Opt-Out, “A Serious Threat to America’s Workers”

Bob Burke, author of the following editorial on Oklahoma’s opt-out or “Option” system, is a former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Industrial Development, served as Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Fallin Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform and has spent 16 years as a member of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation. Burke also rewrote the entire Oklahoma workers’ compensation statute in 2011 and has represented injured workers for 35 years.

Guest Post: Jack E. “Bobby” Truitt on Case Management Software

Louisiana Comp Blog invited local attorney Bobby Truitt to address the features of case management software for law firms and adjusters and weigh in on the benefits afforded by the technology. Read on for Truitt’s take on the available options, with commentary from Lee Glickenhaus, President of T Lex, a provider of web-based case management tools for such companies as Sears and Kmart.

ARAWC’s “Option:” Local Attorney Nathan Schrantz Responds

The “opt-out” as a viable alternative to workers’ compensation is a key point of contention in many states, especially as Oklahoma recently adopted their own “Option.” In this commentary, defense attorney Nathan Schrantz, of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, who practices in both Mississippi and Louisiana, offers his perspective on the legal issues inherent in an “Option” and presents the potential implications for Louisiana.