LA Issues Emergency Rule Due to COVID-19

26 Mar, 2020 Liz Carey


Baton Rouge, LA ( - The Louisiana Workforce Commission Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration moved to ensure injured workers can continue receiving treatment during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of an emergency ruling, the office ordered that insurers should continue to accept approved treatment forms for an additional 30 days to guarantee continuation of treatment especially if a treatment facility is closed due to the coronavirus.

Additionally, insurers are to allow injured workers to obtain refills of their prescriptions for up to 90 days, even if the prescriptions were recently filled, as long as the worker has the approval of his physician and refill orders; and to waive time restrictions on refills so workers can get emergency refills of medications in advance. The emergency measure also allowed workers to request mailed prescriptions go to an alternate address.

For pharmacists, the rule requires that they notify the prescribing physician of the emergency dispensing, and that they are allowed to give workers a one-time 30-day supply of a medication without having to reach the workers’ physician.

The LWC said the changes were made to make sure injured workers could continue their therapies in case services are disrupted because of complications arising out of working to stem the coronavirus pandemic, or because of treating a surge of patients suffering from COVID-19.

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