Monthly Archives: January 2017

In neighboring news:

Officials say one electrical worker has died and another was critically hurt in a fire at a downtown Amarillo, Texas, construction site.

In economic news:

Real average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory employees increased 0.5 percent from December 2015 to December 2016.

In medical news:

New information reported in a special issue of JAMA Internal Medicine dedicated to financial conflicts found that money from pharmaceutical companies can creep into unexpected places.

In local news:

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced that insurance policyholders in Louisiana were able to collect an additional $7.6 million as a result of assistance provided by the Louisiana Department of Insurance.

In research news:

New findings show that workers who report being vulnerable to workplace hazards resulting from inadequate policies and programs also report much higher rates of injury.

In national news:

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling that sent former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to prison on a conspiracy charge.

In neighboring news:

TDI-DWC reported that the maximum hourly rates that may be charged by attorneys and legal assistants in that state’s workers’ comp system will increase effective January 30th.

In industry news:

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr released a statement after being named Vice-Chairman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs Committee of the NAIC.

Comp Formulary Debated at Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse

The latest meeting of the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse featured a discussion of a potential formulary for workers’ compensation which was ultimately scrapped. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWC) Director Sheral Kellar and Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) Director Gary Patureau sparred over singling out workers’ comp in the Commission’s draft recommendations.