The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council hosted its September meeting Thursday, September 26th, in Baton Rouge. Agenda items included a new member, legislative changes to the statutes governing independent medical evaluations, and processes for updating the Medical Fee Reimbursement Schedule.
Larry Frieman, an attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman known for workers’ compensation defense work, is running for the open seat in District 74 on the North Shore. The seat is open for the first time since 2007. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Frieman about his campaign and what changes he’d like to make if elected.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) announced a new arrangement with the East Baton Rouge District Attorney at the August Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council meeting. Fraud Section Manager Darrick Lee, longtime OWC attorney, is spearheading the effort, which is designed to increase criminal prosecution of workers’ comp fraud cases across the state.
Trey Mustian, a Jefferson Parish-based attorney with Stanga & Mustian representing injured workers, is running for the open Louisiana House of Representatives seat in District 82. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with Mustian about his campaign and what workers’ comp issues he’d bring to the forefront if elected on October 12th.
EHS Today recently hosted a webinar focusing on the hallmarks of successful environmental health and safety programs on a global scale: Insights from a 5-Year Journey in Global EHS Transformation: Employee Engagement, Safety Leadership, and Synergy across Data and Processes.
NCCI has a new State Relations Executive for Louisiana, Clarissa Preston. Preston is a Louisiana native with varied experience in the workers’ comp industry, including as a regulator with the Louisiana Department of Insurance. She is currently responsible for Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and Arizona, as well as Louisiana. Preston spoke with Louisiana Comp Blog about her role.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News. Marijuana research, drug screening, and compounding rules are your headlines for August 2019.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) met today for the first time since May, updating stakeholders on legislative actions in the last Session and the status of the ongoing Medical Treatment Guidelines (MTGs) updates undertaken by the Medical Advisory Council (MAC).
Dr. Richard Victor, PhD, senior fellow at the Sedgwick Institute is set to release a book about what the future of the workers’ compensation industry will look like – Scenarios for the 2030s: Threats and Opportunities for Workers’ Compensation Systems.
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.