Unlicensed contractors and contractors that neglect to maintain adequate workers’ compensation and general liability insurance can bring a world of problems for workers, consumers and carriers, but enforcement can be difficult, if not impossible. Representative Paula Davis, (R-Baton Rouge) in an effort to provide consumer protections, brought HB675 this Legislative Session, which is on track to hit the Governor’s desk this week.
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.
In the following guest post, Carlos Luna, Director of Government Affairs for Reed Group’s MDGuidelines, explores the National Guideline Clearinghouse and whether or not it performs its function – assessing the quality of medical guidelines and improving transparency in the guideline industry. As the Legislature is soon to begin its Regular Session on April 10th and workers’ comp officials anticipate a bill to incorporate the ODG formulary in Louisiana’s system, read on to get Luna’s take on how the National Guideline Clearinghouse could benefit stakeholders across the board.
The March meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) featured new draft forms for the Second Injury Fund and workers’ compensation claims records, as well as discussion of the latest developments in the Barber case and how the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) is responding to the pending case.
The Seventh Annual Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, held February 2nd and 3rd at the Renaissance hotel in Baton Rouge featured topical sessions on state regulation, opioids, return-to-work, and a range of other issues. One standout included a point/counterpoint style debate between Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWC) Deputy Director Pauline Williams and LCTA Executive Vice-President Troy Prevot about Louisiana’s Second Injury Fund.
The latest meeting of the Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse featured a discussion of a potential formulary for workers’ compensation which was ultimately scrapped. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWC) Director Sheral Kellar and Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) Director Gary Patureau sparred over singling out workers’ comp in the Commission’s draft recommendations.
Louisiana is ranked No. 45 in the nation – with a ‘D’ letter grade – for insurance regulation in the R Street Institute’s fifth-annual Insurance Regulation Report Card. Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local figures in the workers’ compensation market to get their thoughts.
The Louisiana Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse held its second meeting this week. The Commission has a February 2017 deadline to deliver a report to the Legislature discussing eight areas of action, referred to by the Commission as “topics,” which were previously divided up by Commission co-chairs Eric Torres of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and Malcolm Broussard of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
At the Louisiana State Advisory Forum in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, NCCI proposed a 9.8 percent loss cost decrease for next year. If approved by regulators, it will take effect on May 1st, 2017. NCCI representatives speaking at the Forum (Laura Bryan, Nadege Bernard and Susan Schulte) explained that the relatively steep decrease is due mainly to decreased claim frequency across the state.
The first Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting since April 2016 was held at the Department of Insurance in Baton Rouge this week. Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) Director Sheral Kellar introduced the new members of the Council as appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards and spoke about the results of the OWCA’s September “Town Hall Meetings” across the state.