Instruments geared toward limiting opioid use and abuse among the general public continue to move, and, after three hours of debate, the bill that would mandate the implementation of the “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary in Louisiana passed the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on Thursday 8 yeas to 5 nays. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.
In the following guest post, Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs for Reed Group’s MDGuidelines, explores the experience of other states in implementing formularies and why the details of Louisiana’s system make it a poor fit for a Texas-style formulary.
Although the workers’ comp closed pharmacy formulary bills were voted down at the last Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council meeting in late April and have not yet been scheduled to be heard in Committee, several bills aimed at curbing opioid use among Louisianans generally have moved quickly forward. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.
Curt Eysink, who led the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) under Governor Bobby Jindal from 2009 to 2016 died Friday, April 28th, after suffering a stroke. Eysink, who had no known history of serious health problems, was driving to New Orleans last Monday when he suddenly fell unconscious. Eysink spent last week in intensive care at Our Lady of the Lake after being revived by paramedics, but ultimately passed away surrounded by family and friends.
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.
Two closed pharmacy formulary proposals have been filed so far in this year’s Regular Session, which began April 10th and concludes June 8th. One measure, HB 592 by Representatives Talbot, Barras, Davis and Lance Harris, requires the use of the Work Loss Data Institute’s Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Appendix A. The other, HB 529 by Representative Broadwater, does not require the Louisiana Workforce Commission to implement any specific formulary, but rather, would more broadly ask the LWC and Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) to create one with input from a range of system stakeholders.
Much like last year’s session, workers’ compensation as a target for lawmakers’ goals appears to be taking a backseat to the state’s ever-looming budget woes. However, several bills have been filed that could impose a pharmacy formulary and restrict opioid prescribing. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.
Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to the practitioners that founded Boost Rehab in Metairie – Aaron Wolfson Ph.D/Clinical Director and Kevin Bianchini Ph.D/Director of Psychology – to get their perspective on how and why functional restoration works.
In the following guest post, Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs for Reed Group’s MDGuidelines, explores the National Guideline Clearinghouse and whether or not it performs its function – assessing the quality of medical guidelines and improving transparency in the guideline industry. As the Legislature is soon to begin its Regular Session on April 10th and workers’ comp officials anticipate a bill to incorporate the ODG formulary in Louisiana’s system, read on to get Luna’s take on how the National Guideline Clearinghouse could benefit stakeholders across the board.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Overdose deaths in Orleans Parish, hospital waste, and the link between poor diet and a wide range of chronic disease are your headlines.