The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) issued a FlashReport on Tuesday which attempts to show how a Texas-like closed formulary, such as the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary, might affect the prevalence and costs of drugs prescribed to Louisiana state employees. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local stakeholders to get their take on whether or not Louisiana prescribers would respond to a formulary the way Texas has and the way WCRI ponders in the report.
HB 592, the bill which would have established the Work Loss Data Institute’s “Official Disability Guidelines” (ODG) Appendix A closed pharmacy formulary as the law of the land in Louisiana failed last week after members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee ran out of time to hear the bill. Supporters and advocates of the measure, including the bill’s sponsor Rep. Talbot, say they’ll be back for more.
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.
Instruments geared toward limiting opioid use and abuse among the general public continue to move, and, after three hours of debate, the bill that would mandate the implementation of the “Official Disability Guidelines” formulary in Louisiana passed the House Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on Thursday 8 yeas to 5 nays. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of comp-related happenings until the Session ends on June 8th.
In the following guest post, Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs for Reed Group’s MDGuidelines, explores the experience of other states in implementing formularies and why the details of Louisiana’s system make it a poor fit for a Texas-style formulary.
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) held its April meeting yesterday in Baton Rouge, during which it considered a variety of bills and voted whether to recommend them to be heard in Committee this Legislative Session.
Two bills, one targeting employers who misclassify employees in order to avoid payroll taxes and workers’ comp premiums and another toughening financial solvency standards for group funds, move forward this week. Stick with Louisiana Comp Blog for full coverage of all comp-related legislative happenings until the Session ends on June 6th.
Welcome to this month’s edition of Comp Medical News, an essential update series. Each update features stories from around the country, with special focus on medical treatment guidelines and emergent issues related to medical management in workers’ comp.
UPDATED: The 2015 Legislative Session will hit the halfway point with this week of debate. Now that the closed formulary bill (SB256) is effectively dead, the last major comp measure to take the spotlight in Committee is HB205. A hearing of HB205, which is sponsored by Representative Gaines and extends some deadlines in disputes over medical treatment, was scheduled for Thursday, May 14th, in the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and later removed from the agenda. A substitute hearing for the bill has not been determined yet.