Louisiana employers and workers’ compensation insurers received a bit of financial relief last summer when the Louisiana Supreme Court held that employers were free to choose which pharmacy injured workers are to use to fill their prescription medications related to their industrial injury. The decision reached by the court in Burgess v. Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans was a pivotal first step in reining in rising workers’ compensation costs in Louisiana.
Additionally, the Supreme Court recognized the possibility that even though medical fees may fall within the amounts established in the reimbursement schedule, they may also be declared unreasonable and not subject to compensation under certain circumstances. This decision could very well leave the door open to future legal arguments against unreasonable medical services provided by outpatient facilities.
On the heels of the Burgess decision, our good friends at the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers (LASIE) are hosting a seminar on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Baton Rouge to not only discuss the financial impacts the Burgess Decision has had on pharmacy costs in Louisiana over the past 9 months, but will also offer up valuable bits of information from attorneys in Louisiana on the practical implications this decision should have on a workers’ compensation program. For registration information on this seminar, please click here.