Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sixth Annual Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference Offers Local and National Perspectives – Robinson Recaps, Paduda Points Toward Formulary

The first day of the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference brought stakeholders from all sides to the table, beginning with an open forum update from Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration Director Patrick Robinson and continuing with national speakers, including Joseph Paduda, national blogger of Managed Care Matters.

In local news:

The Louisiana Workforce Commission issued a declaration of emergency in the latest Louisiana Register related to fees issued by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration.

In other local news:

National Oilwell Varco, a Houston-based oil and gas drilling equipment manufacturer and supplier, will shut down one of its Houma facilities and lay off 80 employees in phases over the next several weeks.

In medical news:

Roberto Ceniceros, comp columnist for Risk & Insurance, wrote about the rise of data analytics to monitor whether or not doctors are appropriately utilizing urine drug testing for patients taking opioid medication.

In industry news:

A.M. BestTV interviewed insurance leaders at the 2016 Property/Casualty Insurance Joint Industry Forum about the increase in industry regulation, especially as it relates to solvency.

In safety news:

The National Safety Council is accepting nominations for its inaugural Marion Martin Recognition Award, presented to women who have advanced safety and broken down traditional gender barriers within the safety field.