The Seventh Annual Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, held February 2nd and 3rd at the Renaissance hotel in Baton Rouge featured topical sessions on state regulation, opioids, return-to-work, and a range of other issues. One standout included a point/counterpoint style debate between Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Deputy Director Pauline Williams and LCTA Executive Vice-President Troy Prevot about Louisiana’s Second Injury Fund.
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.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced selections and replacements for the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC), which has not met in several months in anticipation of a shake up. Officially, the WCAC is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Governor and the Legislature on the implementation and administration of laws pertaining to the administration of workers’ compensation. In practice, the body serves as a speed bump for workers’ comp reform bills and is particularly important during the regular state legislative session.
New Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director and former Chief Workers’ Compensation Judge Sheral Kellar held her first Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting yesterday at the LABI conference center in Baton Rouge. After introducing herself to the assembled stakeholders, Kellar addressed several pending administrative issues, including the Arrant v. Acree Supreme Court decision, the hiring process for a new Medical Director, and CLE credit for pro bono representation.
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!
The 2015 Legislative Session was a successful one for the Louisiana Second Injury Board. In addition to the passage of Senator Peacock’s SB107, which removed the sunset provision on Second Injury Fund deductibles, thus securing the deductibles for the life of the program, the Board received a requested $10 million appropriations increase in the state budget bill, (HB1) bringing the total allocated funding to $59,290,715 – with no increases in insurer assessments.