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.
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.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Ava DeJoie, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has taken proactive steps to mitigate employer fraud since her appointment in January of 2016. Although workers’ compensation fraud is often thought of as a problem among injured workers receiving undue benefits, there are other underlying issues at play in the employer sphere.
The following guest post is by Dr. Douglas Lurie, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of New Orleans. In the workers’ comp arena, Dr. Lurie has performed thousands of utilization reviews since the Medical Treatment Guidelines were implemented. He is also the National Medical Director for Propeer, a URAC-certified independent review organization. In this piece, Dr. Lurie explains how return to work can sometimes be the best medicine.
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.
The Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse held its last scheduled meeting yesterday at the Department of Health in Baton Rouge. The goal of the meeting was to reach consensus and finalize the list of recommendations from each of the eight topic-specific teams. Malcolm Broussard, Co-Chair of the Commission and head of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, led the meeting and emphasized to the members assembled that the body had already passed its deadline and that the Legislature is expecting quick action.