The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration has posted a draft of the updated chronic pain guideline. OWCA Director Sheral Kellar, as well as WCAC Vice-Chair Chuck Davoli, were emphatic at the last WCAC meeting that the Office wants any and all comments to be submitted in this round, before the Notice of Intent is actually filed, so that the process does not have to go through several rounds of public meetings.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council held its September meeting in Baton Rouge yesterday. In addition to introducing new member Larry Stokes, the Council provided drafts of two proposed documents – a change to the IME rules and the updated chronic pain Medical Treatment Guideline.
The July meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) was held yesterday in Baton Rouge. Despite the lack of a quorum, the Council further addressed the Broadspire/Insight Labs pharmacogenetic testing controversy and shared the results of the GAME ON misclassification task force.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC), which met April 26th in Baton Rouge, voted on several bills, including Senator Luneau’s bill (which has already gotten through Senate Labor) that would require a hearing from a workers’ comp judge before benefits can be terminated for failure to attend a second medical examination or cooperate with vocational rehabilitation.
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session began on March 12th at noon. The WCAC weighed in during its March meeting on the most of the workers’ comp-related legislation filed for this session, but few bills have moved so far. The Legislature is largely focused Louisiana’s continued budgetary woes.
The WCAC, which met in New Orleans on March 23rd during the 2018 Louisiana Workforce Commission Labor Summit, voted on a series of workers’ comp-related bills that have been filed for the 2018 Regular Session. A main part of the WCAC’s mission is to vote favorably or unfavorably on legislative instruments before they reach Committee.
State Representative Chris Broadwater (R-Hammond) announced his resignation late last year, citing the need to spend more time with his family. His last official day will be no later than March 1st, 2018. In an interview with Louisiana Comp Blog, Broadwater pointed to opioids and problems with the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council as areas that still need attention.
CORRECTED 10/30/17: The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council met yesterday in Baton Rouge and took action on the pharmacogenetic testing issue, two months after Council member Bray Williams raised concerns about the practice stemming from the treatment of one of his clients for whom Broadspire was the workers’ comp TPA. Office of Workers’ Compensation Director and WCAC Chair Sheral Kellar and Medical Director Dr. Jason Picard also gave an update on the Medical Treatment Guidelines.
The latest WCAC meeting held at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge on September 21st, again put the spotlight on the Broadspire genetic testing issue discussed at the last meeting. This time, a Broadspire representative spoke in response to the Council’s concerns.
The latest Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting held in Baton Rouge on August 24th, focused mainly on issues of genetic testing and how the Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) should address requests for buccal swabs from injured workers.