News Bulletins

In local news:

The Louisiana Workforce Commission released detailed information on Louisiana’s status as one of the lowest workplace incident states. The rate reported for Louisiana in 2017 remained steady at 1.9 incidents per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, equal to the rate reported in 2016. The national average was 2.8. Louisiana had the lowest incidence rate among 41 participating states, trailing only the District of Columbia for the rate of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses. Louisiana has continuously been below the national average since the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its recordkeeping rules in 2002.

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In industry news:

A.M. Best is hosting a webinar today at 1 PM addressing how companies can gauge their “digital maturity.” Speakers are from the sponsoring company, Cognizant.

Register here.

In neighboring news:

A Houston company recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation premium fraud in a case that spanned four years. The company makes custom parts for various industries. It entered the plea in a Travis County District Court and was ordered to pay $250,000 to Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the workers’ compensation carrier. The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) prosecution unit obtained the conviction. The DWC prosecution unit is embedded in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

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Upcoming events:

IIAGNO Installation Luncheon 1/25 (Register)

In local news:

Former OWCA Medical Director Dr. Chris Rich passed away over the weekend due to a rare liver cancer. His career in sports medicine included starting Mid State Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center and culminated in receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association. Read more here.

In industry news:

A.M. BestTV released its latest episode discussing the outlook for the property & casualty sector in 2019. Attendees to the annual Property/Casualty Insurance Joint Industry Forum in New York said the industry has demonstrated its ability to weather storms and other natural disasters, but will be buffeted by an increasingly contentious political climate and an advancing technology sector. Watch here.

In neighboring news:

The TDI-DWC recently announced that it will be offering free webinars covering administrative processes related to providing health care to Texas workers’ compensation injured employees. More info here.

Upcoming events:

IIAGNO Installation Luncheon 1/25 (Register)

In national news:

A growing body of literature points to a decline in employment dynamics in the United States, according to a new analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report examines job-to-job transitions using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a dataset that allows users to classify transitions as voluntary or involuntary. The data shows that the aging of the workforce is responsible for nearly three-fifths of the measured decline in job-to-job transition rates.

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In neighboring news:

The State of Mississippi selected FAIR Health to help analyze, revise and update its 2019 workers’ compensation fee schedule, FAIR Health announced today. FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information, will work closely with Mississippi to update the ground rules and rate tables for the workers’ compensation fee schedule, which includes values for medical, anesthesia, transportation, HCPCS and dental procedures.

Read more here.