November 24, 2015

Louisiana Formulary Discussed at Workers’ Comp Event

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Elizabeth Lowry, Area Manager, presented at the Louisiana Comp Blog’s “Comp in Focus” luncheon on an overview of the national formulary movement, citing statistics from across the country. Currently, four states have formularies in place for workers’ compensation claimants – Ohio, Texas, Washington and Oklahoma. Louisiana, as well as several other states, are considering implementing formularies.

A formulary has been proposed for Louisiana, “which is tied to the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) closed formulary, but over which the Louisiana Medical Advisory Council (MAC) would have the final say,” as reported by the Comp Blog staff.

According to a recap of the event published by the Louisiana Comp Blog, the audience asked multiple questions and even debated amongst themselves about how a formulary could help or hurt.

Patrick Robinson, OWCA Director, discussed the issue of opioid prescriptions issued to injured workers and how it should be considered when making a decision about the formulary. The article states that most national data puts Louisiana and New York as the top two states for the amount of narcotics prescribed statewide.

Read the full article, “Participants Spoke Candidly about Formulary Goals, Limitations of State-Based Statistics at Comp Blog’s November ‘Comp in Focus’ Luncheon."