Tag Archives: OWCA

OWC Creates Special Arrangement with EBR DA for Comp Fraud Cases

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.

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. 

OWCA Seeks Comments on Chronic Pain Guideline Draft

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration has posted a draft of the updated chronic pain guideline. OWCA Director Sheral Kellar, as well as WCAC Vice-Chair Chuck Davoli, were emphatic at the last WCAC meeting that the Office wants any and all comments to be submitted in this round, before the Notice of Intent is actually filed, so that the process does not have to go through several rounds of public meetings.

OWCA Braces for Change in Funding Due to Subcommittee Action

Despite the fact that the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA), AFL-CIO, and other concerned parties submitted comments or testified against the motion at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Dedicated Fund Review Subcommittee of Joint Budget on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, the subcommittee is sticking by its recommendation to reclassify the OWCA statutory dedicated fund as self-generated fees and revenue.