Monthly Archives: June 2016

LCA Conference Features Fun and Networking in Natchez, New Education on MRI and Spine Claims

The Louisiana Claims Association (LCA) Educational Conference and Expo wrapped up yesterday after three days of networking and learning in the Old South town of Natchez, Mississippi. The Baton Rouge-based organization represents claims professionals from all over the state of Louisiana via its local chapters, and the conference is open to adjusters and vendors from most surrounding states (Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama).

In local news:

Former Governor Bobby Jindal’s privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana’s Office of Risk Management saved the state less money than originally promised, according to a recent audit.

In research news:

Liberty Mutual’s latest research found that working age adults account for more than two-thirds of the estimated 9.9 million annual fall-related injuries impacting U.S. adults.

In national news:

The California Department of Insurance announced on June 29th, 2016, that two Berkshire Hathaway companies were issued a cease and desist order from the California Department of Insurance.

In medical news:

Some doctors and advocates are calling for government patient satisfaction surveys to be altered to de-emphasize the treatment of pain, which can lead to the overprescribing of opioids.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation has set the rate for any interest or discount provided for the third quarter of 2016 at 4.03 percent.

In neighboring news:

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a railroad worker who claims he was bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus while performing his job cannot hold the railroad responsible.

In research news:

The National Safety Council released a list of the best and worst prepared states to handle the opioid crisis; Louisiana is in the middle of the pack.

In editorial news:

Roberto Ceniceros, workers’ comp columnists with Risk & Insurance, addressed the increasing willing ness of payers to reimburse claimants for medical marijuana in some states as an alternative for chronic pain treatment in the face of the opioid epidemic.