Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Medical marijuana distribution in Louisiana, chronic pain in the NFL, and opioid use as a factor in low workforce participation are your headlines for August.
Welcome to this month’s Comp Medical News recap. Local efforts to expand health coverage under Medicaid and care for addiction, plus new opioids research and a doctor lamenting the time when physicians were “artisans” are your headlines for June 2016.
All of the action was in Health and Welfare this week. Legislators in the House considered SB 291 by Senator Mills, a companion measure to HB 623, which would allow patients to access physical therapy care without a prescription or referral. The measure passed favorably out of Committee. The Committee also favorably moved a measure that would create a Commission to study and develop recommendations for Louisiana’s opioid crisis.
Dr. Meredith Warner, MD, MBA, of Warner Orthopedics and Wellness in Baton Rouge, is a foot and ankle surgeon, pain specialist and Veteran who treats workers’ comp patients with a keen eye toward return to work. Louisiana Comp Blog sat down with Dr. Warner to discuss her work and the provider experience in Louisiana’s workers’ comp system. Read on to get Dr. Warner’s thoughts on why more education is needed on all sides.
The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers will host its 18th Annual Fall Conference from Wednesday, September 23rd to Friday, September 25th, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The event promises to be an especially informative one for self-insured workers’ comp and health professionals as several national speakers and local experts take the stage to provide their perspective on trends and concerns in the industry.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News, an essential update series. Each update features stories from around the country, with special focus on medical treatment guidelines and emergent issues related to medical management in workers’ comp.