Category Archives: Features

OWCA Responds to WCRI Study Finding Louisiana is an Outlier in Opioid Prescribing

WCRI released a new study: Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, which assesses claims data from 27 states, including Louisiana, from October 2011 to March 2018. The study finds that, in all states studied, fewer injured workers received opioids recently as compared with previous years. Injured workers continue to be treated for pain with NSAIDs, which increased modestly, and other interventions. 

Q&A: LDI Market Share Report Methodology

The annual Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) market share reports, colloquially known as the Top 20 reports, are an important metric to assess the health of Louisiana’s various markets by line. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to John Tobler, LDI Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs, Warren Byrd and Charles Hansberry Deputy Commissioners at LDI’s Office of Property & Casualty about how the data are collected. 

CorVel Confirms “Ransomware Event”

CorVel Corporation, a third party administrator with offices around the nation, including one in Metairie, suffered a security issue that began on July 21st. The nature and extent of the problem was not immediately clear last week, as CorVel’s email communications and customer-facing services were temporarily nonfunctional. 

New Louisiana PTSD Law for First Responders Stands Out in the Region

Senator Gatti’s bill SB107 was signed by Governor John Bel Edwards and is now Act 122, set to go into effect on August 1st, 2019. The bill adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of compensable presumptions under workers’ comp for first responders (state police, emergency medical personnel, volunteer firefighters, sheriff and sheriff’s deputies). The presumption may only be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence.

Locals React: Fitch Ratings Predicts Fifth Consecutive Year of Underwriting Profit

A new report from Fitch Ratings, U.S. Workers’ Compensation Market Update – Fifth Consecutive Year of Underwriting Profits Projected for 2019, touts the tenuous health of the workers’ compensation market by predicting a fifth consecutive year of underwriting profit for 2019. However, the message was tempered by predictions of a downturn. 

Analysis: Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Wal-Mart Pharmacy Matter Premature in Split Decision

In a decision dated June 26th, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a Wal-Mart employee’s motion to compel was premature, because she had not established that “she has not been furnished proper medical attention or that there have been delays or deficiencies in filling prescriptions.” The Louisiana Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeal.