Monthly Archives: November 2015

Participants Spoke Candidly about Formulary Goals, Limitations of State-Based Statistics at Comp Blog’s November “Comp in Focus” Luncheon

Louisiana Comp Blog hosted its second “Comp in Focus” luncheon yesterday (November 17th, 2015) at Ralph’s on the Park in New Orleans. The event, which aims to draw attendees from both the claimant/labor side of the workers’ compensation system and the employer/insurer sector, centered around a rousing discussion about formularies and the current Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) proposal here in Louisiana.

In national news:

Twenty-eight defendants, from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, have been charged for their roles in a $9.5 million comp fraud scheme that involved bribes, unnecessary medical treatment, fraudulent billing, and the falsification of medical documents.

In safety news:

OSHA is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.

In local news:

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration’s Second Injury Board met last Thursday and approved the assessment rate of 5.95 percent for the 2015.

In neighboring news:

The Florida Supreme Court has canceled a December 8th hearing it had scheduled to consider a measure to legalize medical marijuana.

In national news:

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was set up to fund medical programs for first responders (as well as survivors, nearby workers and residents) after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, has expired.

In national news:

A former BP engineer has pleaded guilty to “intentionally causing damage without authorization to a protected computer,” in connection with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 employees and sent over three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

In regional news:

The Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission has determined that the maximum weekly workers’ comp rates for 2016 for covered accidents will be $646 for total disability and $485 for permanent partial disability.

In neighboring news:

The Florida Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims is set to publish its annual report this week, according to the blog of Deputy Chief Judge David Langham.