Monthly Archives: December 2015

In continuing news:

Florida’s Supreme Court has declined jurisdiction over State of Florida v. Florida Workers’ Advocates, better known as the Padgett case.

In industry news:

RIMS (the risk management society) launched the RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP) certification “to allow risk professionals to formally demonstrate their expertise, professional achievement and qualifications.”

In editorial news:

Jim Morris, Managing Editor for the Center for Public Integrity, penned a commentary piece associated with the news site’s “Unequal Risk” series on workplace hazards and diseases.

In economic news:

Moody’s has stated that Louisiana is one of six states that will have to address budget shortfalls in its fiscal year forecast because of lower tax revenues from job losses in the energy sector as oil prices continue to fall.

In national news:

The Tennessee Attorney General has approved new treatment guidelines and a closed drug formulary proposed by the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

In medical news:

The U.S. death rate from drug overdoses increased 6.5 percent in 2014 to a record 47,055, according to new CDC data.

In local news:

A new two-year study commissioned by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority found that coastal land loss could cost Louisiana more than $133 billion in economic damage.

In continuing news:

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office is restructuring its workers’ compensation fraud unit and implementing new safeguards against potential abuse and conflicts of interest after a highly critical series published by the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman.

In industry news:

NAIC released a trend report on the workers’ comp sector in its latest Center for Insurance Policy and Research newsletter.

Patrick Robinson Reflects on Directorship as New Administration Could Bring Changes

Patrick Robinson, current Director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration, has served in the position for about eleven months in what was initially an interim appointment prior to the election of a new gubernatorial administration. Now that John Bel Edwards has been elected governor and the process of cabinet positions is ongoing, we sat down again with Robinson to get his perspective on what he’s been able to accomplish, what his plans are, and what remains to be done.