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.
The July Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting held in Baton Rouge on Thursday focused primarily on revisions to several forms, an issue previously debated and discussed at the March meeting. Council members also addressed a letter sent by Dr. Clark Gunderson to WCAC Chair and Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Director Sheral Kellar regarding the differences between two types of pain management physicians.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) held its April meeting yesterday in Baton Rouge, during which it considered a variety of bills and voted whether to recommend them to be heard in Committee this Legislative Session.
The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) featured new draft forms for the Second Injury Fund and workers’ compensation claims records, as well as discussion of the latest developments in the Barber case and how the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) is responding to the pending case.
The meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) on February 23rd focused almost exclusively on changes to the Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) Title 40, Chapter 23 and 27, as published in a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the February 2017 edition of the Louisiana Register.