Monthly Archives: March 2016

Comp in the Capitol: Comp Adjuster Licensing Bill Moves Forward, Subro Bill Set for Committee on Thursday

The WCAC has weighed in on the major bills as they stand in their original form, as several measures proceed in Committee this week. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of that meeting and all comp-related legislative happenings until the Session ends on June 6th.

March WCAC Meeting Centers Around Pending Legislation, Introduction of New Medical Director

The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) took place last Thursday at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director Sheral Kellar guided the Council and the public through several key pieces of business, including the appointment and introduction of the new Medical Director. Representative Chris Broadwater (pictured) gave presentations on a variety of bills he has filed for the 2016 Legislative Session, currently in its third week, and members voted on whether or not to recommend both his and several other pending instruments to the appropriate Committees.

In continuing news:

A federal judge questioned the fairness of a $12.25 million settlement of California Lyft drivers’ claims that they should be classified as employees and not independent contractors.

In medical news:

The FDA delivered its second guidance measure on opioids in the last week, issuing new rules on the development of generic versions of abuse-deterrent formulations.

In MSA news:

NAMSAP issued a release in the wake of last week’s opioid warning label guidance officially requesting that CMS cap costs earmarked for future opioid expenditures in the MSA space.

In national news:

Wal-Mart is facing renewed backlash and $118,000 in fines for a single Florida location from OSHA after failing to fully implement a company-wide safety agreement dating back to 2013.

In tech news:

The latest episode of A.M. Best’s BestTV series features “MyPath,” a new website designed to teach millennials about opportunities in insurance and aimed at curbing negative perceptions of the industry among young people.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Department of Insurance is seeking an employer representative to serve on the Texas Workers’ Compensation Appeals Panel.

In local news:

The Louisiana Senate Committee on Insurance considered SB 266 concerning the licensure of workers’ comp adjusters yesterday in their first meeting, reporting it favorably.