In local news:

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has developed a whitepaper-esque document entitled “House Bills 529 & 592 Pharmacy Formulary Facts.” The move comes one week after the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) reported both closed pharmacy formulary bills filed this Session unfavorably. At that meeting, several WCAC members expressed concern about using injured workers as a test population and questioned why workers’ comp patients would have to be subject to special rules that do not apply to group health patients. At least one of the workers’ comp formulary bills is expected to heard in the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee next week. Specifically in reference to the Texas system, the LWC document includes the following statements:

  • “Although the use of a formulary in Texas is laudable, no evidence from Texas has been presented showing the well-being of the injured worker is better with a formulary than without a formulary.
  • The insurer is better off financially, but no one knows if the injured worker is enjoying a true level of better health and it seems no one cares.”

Download: OWCA Pharmacy Formulary Facts 2017

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