In local news:

A new report from the State Legislative Auditor recommends a cap on temporary total disability (TTD) benefits and a drug formulary in order to control costs in Louisiana’s workers’ comp system. Auditors Daryl Purpera, Nicole B. Edmonson, and Karen LeBlanc explain: “we found that the high cost of workers’ compensation is due, in part, to unlimited temporary total disability benefits, an increase in the amount of time workers are off the job, the use of an outdated fee schedule to reimburse medical providers, the lack of a prescription drug formulary, and a costly dispute resolution process.” The report goes on to recommend both legislative and rule changes including revising the outdated hospital reimbursement schedule so that providers are have max limits on billing for outpatient procedures.

Read the report here. Read further coverage from WorkCompCentral (paid content) here.

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