News Bulletins

In local news:

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) has adjusted fees for the submission of forms 1008 and 1011, plus several other services, and promulgated updated versions of several forms. The updated forms include the Second Injury Board Reimbursement Request Form and the Workers’ Compensation Records Request Form.

Access all relevant info via the January 2018 version of the Louisiana Register (pg. 102) here.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comments through February 20th on a compounded drug rule that was first proposed in June 2017. On June 16th, 2017, DWC announced an informal draft rule to require that compounded drugs be preauthorized. The rule was drafted at the request of the legislature after a DWC study found that the cost of compounded drugs doubled from 2010-2014, and the average cost per prescription had risen to $829 in 2016.

Read more via Insurance Journal here.

In neighboring news:

A bill currently being considered in the Florida House would cap fees for attorneys who represent claimants in workers’ comp cases at $150 an hour. Insurance & Banking Chairman Danny Burgess, a Zephyrhills Republican who is sponsoring the bill (HB 7009), told Florida House members that the measure would help stave off workers’ compensation premium increases that, he said, will result in the next two years as a result of Florida Supreme Court opinions.

Read more via WLRN here.

In local news:

Baton Rouge Business Report is looking for nominations from all walks of life for its Influential Women in Business awards. Beginning today, women in all sectors of business can be nominated, as well as those in government and nonprofit positions. The nominations period ends at 5 PM February 16th.

More info here.

In industry news:

NCCI recently announced the launch of the first edition of its Court Case Update report, which provides a look at some of the cases and decisions being monitored by NCCI’s Legal Division, that may impact and shape the future of workers’ compensation across the states.

Access the report here.

In medical news:

There were no clinically meaningful differences in pain reduction at two hours after ingestion among four oral analgesics – two opioids and two over-the-counter painkillers – to treat acute extremity pain in the emergency room, according to a new trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Read more via Pain Medicine News here.

In industry news:

A.M. Best said in a recent report that commercial lines insurers’ pricing, underwriting and resilience in recent years has improved sufficiently to boost their outlook on this segment of the U.S. property/casualty industry from negative to stable for 2018. The uptick is the first by A.M. Best for commercial lines in seven years. A.M. Best said the outlook has improved due to “an embedded change in the sophistication of the segment’s pricing and underwriting infrastructure and the segment’s resilience amid a variety of macroeconomic and insurance market issues in recent years.”

Read more via Insurance Journal here.

In medical news:

Companies are expanding health and wellness offerings, according to survey findings from OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company. Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of human resources managers reported that, in the past five years, their companies have broadened health and wellness options. The majority of those questioned, 89 percent, also said their company supports worker health and wellness goals.

Read more from EHS Today here.

In economic news:

The number of quits, which are generally voluntary separations initiated by employees, was 3.2 million in November 2017, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers. There were 1.7 million layoffs and discharges, which are involuntary separations initiated by employers. There were 341,000 other separations resulting from retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same firm.

Read more from BLS here.

In local news:

The LWC’s Rapid Response staff team responded to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) issued by Sam’s Club on yesterday for the closure of its Cortana location. Rapid Response offers intervention placement services to workers impacted by closings or layoffs. Services include job search, resume writing, interview techniques and access to training opportunity through American Job Centers. Rapid Response services are available to all individuals impacted by a layoff or closure regardless of the WARN requirement.

More info here.