Monthly Archives: May 2017

OWC Director Responds to WorkCompCentral Article on Potential Veto of ODG Bill

This Tuesday, May 23rd, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed an ODG formulary bill for workers’ comp, 58-36. This morning, national industry publication WorkCompCentral (subscription required) published a piece which revealed that Governor John Bel Edwards will likely veto the bill if it reaches his desk. The following is Office of Workers’ Compensation Director Sheral Kellar’s response to the bill’s passage in the House and the WorkCompCentral article.

Comp in the Capitol: ODG Formulary Bill Awaiting Senate Labor, Opioid Rx Restrictions Keep Moving

The bill that would establish the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary in Louisiana passed the House 58-36 this week, and will soon be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.

In local news:

A new report suggests that Governor John Bel Edwards will veto HB592, the ODG closed pharmacy formulary bill, if it gets to his desk by the time the Legislative Session ends on June 8th.

In legislative news:

Rep. Talbot’s HB592, which would establish the ODG Appendix A closed prescription drug formulary for workers’ comp in the state, passed the House after about 40 minutes of debate yesterday.

In economic news:

BLS: Real average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, for all private sector employees from April 2016 to April 2017.

In medical news:

A new study in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that patients who are taking opioids prior to surgery had less desirable outcomes post-surgery than their peers who were opioid-naive.