Monthly Archives: October 2015

In local news:

Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon announced yesterday that NCCI has proposed a 2.7 percent overall loss cost decrease for Louisiana.

In neighboring news:

The Texas DWC has announced its intention to reclassify two opioids as nonformulary drugs on the state’s closed pharmacy formulary for workers’ comp.

In national news:

Wisconsin state Representative John Spiros and state Senator Duey Stroebel (both Republicans) issued a memo last week announcing their intention to introduce legislation overhauling the state’s workers’ comp system to exclude benefits in cases of employee negligence, misrepresentation of physical condition, and other factors.

In tech news:

Intuit Inc., a software company, announced a new platform designed to simplify small businesses’ workers’ comp payments with a “pay as you go” model.

In national news:

NCCI recently announced that the Board has elected William “Bill” E. Donnell as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 7, 2015.

October Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council Meeting Addresses UR Competency Issues, Status of Medical Director Position

At the October meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council yesterday, members addressed concerns about UR review, reimbursement for surgical implants, the pending status of a new OWC Medical Director, and the upcoming public hearing for the 200+ page update of the Medical Treatment Schedule.

In safety news:

OSHA is planning to move forward with new, more stringent rules for electronic record-keeping, despite complaints from the employer community.

In medical news:

President Obama released an order yesterday giving federal agencies with health care responsibilities 90 days to identify barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders and to come up with ways to remove them.