Under the leadership of Executive Director Ava DeJoie, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has taken proactive steps to mitigate employer fraud since her appointment in January of 2016. Although workers’ compensation fraud is often thought of as a problem among injured workers receiving undue benefits, there are other underlying issues at play in the employer sphere.
The first Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting since April 2016 was held at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge this week. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director Sheral Kellar introduced the new members of the Council as appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards and spoke about the results of the OWCA’s September “Town Hall Meetings” across the state.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) hosted a “Town Hall Meeting” at the Port of New Orleans on Tuesday focusing on the Medical Treatment Guidelines and related processing issues. The meeting was one of a series that will be held in locations around the state.
Several new bills are on our radar this week as the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council prepares to hear presentations from lawmakers on several measures on Thursday. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of that meeting and all comp-related legislative happenings until the Session ends on June 6th.
At the October meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council yesterday, members addressed concerns about UR review, reimbursement for surgical implants, the pending status of a new OWC Medical Director, and the upcoming public hearing for the 200+ page update of the Medical Treatment Schedule.
Dan Lastrapes, an insurance industry veteran who most recently worked with LEMIC as Vice President of Operations, has joined the Second Injury Fund at the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration as Director, taking over from Pauline Williams, who is transitioning to a new role as Deputy Director of the OWCA under Patrick Robinson. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to Lastrapes to learn more about his background and what he plans to do in leading the program.
The Louisiana Governor’s Safety and Health Conference and Expo, held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, offered a variety of opportunities to see the world of health, safety, enforcement and workers’ comp through a multitude of lenses. The conference, which ends today, featured a packed exhibit hall and an array of breakout sessions, allowing participants to customize their experience and continuing education needs. Read on for more details about the sessions, plus photos of the event!
Fraud in any benefits system contributes to improper cost-shifting and negatively impacts bottom lines on both local and national levels. In the world of workers’ comp, fraud comes in many forms: employer misclassification, falsified accidents, misrepresentation of causation, underreporting of payroll, facial noncompliance, etc. Although catching and prosecuting bad actors remains an uphill battle, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration doggedly pursues tips with Kaye Fournet (Fraud and Compliance Manager) at the helm. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with Fournet to get details on the day to day operations of her department – and find out what we can all do to help.
The August meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) held yesterday at the LABI conference center in Baton Rouge centered around the potential implementation of a closed formulary for workers’ comp based on the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines.”
The 19th JDC constitutionality suit that has recently rocked Louisiana’s workers’ compensation system has been discussed at all levels of industry and labor since it came out at the end of last month. However, the impetus behind the suit and the drivers of it have not been a focus of the debate. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with Janice Barber and Jennifer Barber Valois, the claimant attorneys named as plaintiffs in the case against the Louisiana Workforce Commission and associated parties dealing with the medical review (1009) process, to get their forthright perspective on why they took on the agency.