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Peggy Dean St. John (January 11, 1953-May 20, 2017)
Peggy Dean St. John, 64, a resident of Woodworth, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, after a brief illness.

Missing the Forest for the Trees
As state workers' compensation systems take stock of efforts to end the opioid epidemic, some are also starting to realize that they have the power to help curb the problem. Louisiana, for example, is tied with New York for the.......

Putting a Bridle on the Louisiana Opioid Epidemic
Maybe you saw it on the news. Maybe you didn’t have to, because you’ve already witnessed it – opioid addiction in your patients, your employees, even your family or friends. It wouldn’t be a surprise, since Louisiana is one of eight states with more opioid prescriptions than residents....

American Red Cross May Promotion
10-20% Discount on all OSHA Compliance Training-Renewal Supplies

One Crucial Way Aviation Safety Could Help Advance Health Care Programming
Air travel and healthcare have operational parallels, but the key difference for air safety lies in its well-researched top-notch policies and procedures. How can we bring healthcare up to speed? Let’s talk.

Outliers should be Outed
High intensity could also be called "outliers." The 5-20% of prescribers that are responsible for 70-90% of the painkillers. The 5-20% of patients that consume 70-90% of the painkillers (or alcohol, or marijuana, or ...).he painkillers (or alcohol, or marijuana, or ...).

Hospital Billing - True Cost of Healthecare
Spending time in the hospital is very expensive. Rather than giving you an itemized list of everything that might go into a hospital stay, I’ll talk about something that should be almost as good: bills from a hospital, complete with final reimbursement amounts. That should give us a pretty good idea of the value of hospital services, since insurance companies have access to all the costs and specialize in being able to offer the minimum amount any institution is likely to accept.

LOUISIANA COMPMETRICS
Compmetrics is the empirical analysis of the health of a workers' compensation system. It is the analytical, evidence-based approach to developing a workers' compensation system that prioritizes appropriate medical care for injured workers and at the same time promotes a cost-effective and efficient workers' compensation system.

LOUISIANA APPELLATE COURT DECISIONS – WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Affirmed WCJ’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer/carrier, dismissing claim for death benefits based on fraud.

Work Comp's Bitter Pill. Ending Opioid Abuse Critical to Speeding Return to Work
It’s no secret that pharmacy costs often tip the scales for self-insured group health plans, but they’re also a signifi cant concern for self-insured workers’ compensation programs for several reasons.

Narcotic painkillers cause chronic pain
Although reports of abuse, addiction and overdoses have long been attached to the misuse of prescription pain medication, researchers at the University of Colorado may have discovered a new peril.

For some injured employees, opioid prescriptions spell double trouble
BOSTON — Opioid painkillers aren't appropriate for most workers compensation patients, yet, many injured workers are prescribed more than one of the powerful drugs.

Workers comp drug prices rise as utilization falls
A decrease in utilization offset rising drug prices in 2015, leading workers compensation prescription drug spending per worker to increase 2.2%, according to pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc.

Opioid use reduction coincides with puzzling cholesterol drug increase
Workers comp professionals are likely celebrating a reported decrease in opioid utilization while simultaneously scratching their heads over a reported increase in the use of high blood cholesterol drugs.

Coalition seeks prescription to cure rising drug prices
A coalition of health care providers, employers, health insurers and consumer groups on Monday proposed several policy changes aimed at tackling the rising cost of prescription drugs.

U.S. doctor gets 30 years to life for prescribing painkillers that killed patients
LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles-area doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left a dozen patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison. The conviction of Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng and her long prison sentence are rare for a doctor in the U.S. Minutes before she was sentenced, Tseng apologized in court to the families of her dead patients and others who became addicted to prescription drugs under her care.

Fewer disputes and faster return to work under reforms
A decade into auditing insurers and health care providers for compliance with workers’ compensation laws and regulations, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) was on hand to describe its regulatory oversight functions to the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers at LASIE’s annual convention held late last year.

BRBA’s Workers’ Comp Section is Geauxing Cajun at our 6th Annual Kids’ Chance Fundraiser!
When: Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5pm-8pm Where: Moore Thompson, 6513 Perkins Rd. Tickets: Adults/kids 13 & up $25/Kids ages 5-12 $10/under 5 free! Includes crawfish boil with all the fixings, jambalaya, beer, beverages, dessert, music and games with prizes for all!

A Drug Formulary for Louisiana?
Rep. Chris Broadwater is one of the sponsors of several Work Comp reforms in Louisiana, including HB 725 that would create a drug formulary to be effective July 1, 2017 (interestingly, the same date by which the California drug formularymust be implemented).

LASIE looks to Texas for results of closed drug formulary
Gary Patureau, executive director and chief operating officer of the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers in Baton Rouge, was elected president of the National Alliance for Medicare Set-Aside Professionals Jan. 21 for the 2016 year. The vote was by email ballot.

Patureau elected president of NAMSAP
Gary Patureau, executive director and chief operating officer of the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers in Baton Rouge, was elected president of the National Alliance for Medicare Set-Aside Professionals Jan. 21 for the 2016 year. The vote was by email ballot.

National Council of Self Insurers extends member rates to LASIE members
As has been done in the past, the National Council of Self Insurers would like to extend our member rate for your members to attend our Annual Meeting. Our meeting is May 22-15, 2016 at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. We have extended this offer to the state self-insurers associations in close proximity to the conference for a number of years.

Physician-Dispensed Drugs Often Cost More Than Pharmacy-Dispensed Drugs
Several states have changed their workers’ compensation rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed drugs,

"A Drug Formulary Dialogue"
Check out my latest blogpost, "A Drug Formulary Dialogue", about my experience in Lincoln on Feb 8 as the Nebraska Business & Labor Committee considered a bill that would create a Work Comp drug formulary. Issues raised by opponents were not necessarily new to the drug formulary dialogue so I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts. Read it here.

Opioid Overdoses on the Rise Though Utilization Rates Falling
With a record number of opioid-related deaths nationwide despite a drop in utilization, overprescribing of the pain medications is an ongoing issue in workers compensation, and some argue that drug overdose kits should be provided to anyone taking prescription opioids.

States Put The Brakes On Physician Drug Dispensing
States have pursued several different approaches to restrict costly physician dispensing of medications, particularly opioids, often with mixed results. Twenty states changed rules governing reimbursement for physician-dispensed drugs as of last August, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Boston.

Murder by Prescription
The murder convictions of a California doctor for prescribing unnecessary painkillers are a warning for doctors who treat injured workers to prescribe opioids sparingly. Sources said they hope that efforts to hold doctors liable for irresponsible opioid prescribing practices, in tandem with using safe prescribing guidelines, will help reduce opioid addiction and overdoses among workers comp patients.

Louisiana benefits denied when contract of hire made in Arkansas

Speaker Has Just Made Committee Appointments
Baton Rouge, La. – On today, Speaker Taylor Barras (R- New Iberia) announced the men and women selected to lead the committees of the House for the 71st Louisiana Legislature..... For all other committee assignments, please click here

2015 Conference Sponsor Thank You November 11, 2015
Thanks to all the companies who sponsored this year's conference

LASIE Announces New Workshop ICD-10 Workshop October 20, 2015
ICD-10 Workshop, November 18, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott

Decision Finding Medical Treatment Guidelines Unconstitutional Appears Susceptible to Challenge July 14, 2015
On June 25, 2015, Judge Donald R. Johnson of the 19th Judicial District Court rendered his decision in Barber v. Louisiana Workforce Commission,

House Passes "Permanent Fix" to Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Legislation March 26, 2015
By a vote of 392 -97, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act was approved by the House today. The bill text can be accessed at H.R. 2 and a summary of the legislation online here

LASIE announces new committees March 23, 2015
Health Committee, Maritime Committee, Risk Management Committee

LASIE announces new board members March 5, 2015
The Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) continues to make changes in the new year. After announcing its expansion into all lines of self-insurance, LASIE has also released details on its new Board of Directors.

LASIE Expands Mission Beyond Workers' Comp March 5, 2015
In a letter to members late last year, the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) quietly announced that it will expand its mission and goals beyond self-insured workers’ comp to represent the “voice of the self-insurance industry” in all lines of self-insurance, most notably health.

LASIE has become the single "Voice of the Self-Insurance Industry" February 4, 2015
LASIE Expands Mission Beyond Comp In a letter to members late last year, the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) quietly announced that it will expand its mission and goals beyond self-insured workers' comp to represent the "Voice of the self-insurance industry” in all lines of self-insurance, most notably health.

Senate Passes TRIA Extension - President Expected to Sign January 8, 2015
LASIE Expands Mission Beyond Comp In a letter to members late last year, the Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers (LASIE) quietly announced that it will expand its mission and goals beyond self-insured workers' comp to represent the "Voice of the self-insurance industry” in all lines of self-insurance, most notably health.

2015 Annual Conference - Save the Date - November 4, 5 & 6, 2015 January 6, 2015
The 2015 LASIE Annual Conference will be November 4, 5, & 6 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, MS.

New Position at the Wallis Group
Dear friends of The Wallis Group: I am so pleased to announce that Stephanie Kurzweg of our group has accepted the position of Workers' Compensation Claims Supervisor. Stephanie is a graduate of Louisiana State University, 1990, with a B.A. in Mass Communications.  She has sixteen (16) years of claims

2014 Annual Conference Sponsor Thank You October 12, 2014

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