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The prospect of a workers compensation drug formulary has made it to the Louisiana Legislature, in line with state trends that provide guidelines for medications that doctors can prescribe for injured workers.
Two bills are now being considered. House Bill 592, introduced by representatives Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge, and Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, proposes the creation of a drug formulary that is in line with the most recent version of the Workers’ Compensation Formulary of the Official Disability Guidelines, published by the Work Loss Data Institute, according to a draft of the bill.
House Bill 529, introduced by Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, proposed the creation of a closed drug formulary that will limit what doctors can prescribe in line with evidence-based medicine and created by engaging employers, insurers, treating physicians, injured workers, attorneys and other stakeholders, according to the bill.
Both bills were sent to the House Labor and Industrial Relations committee on Monday.
Doctors who wish to repeatedly prescribe opioids to injured workers in California starting July 1 will have to subject the claim to a review process, according to an overview of the proposed workers compensation prescription drug formulary set to go into effect next summer.