LWC’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration issues emergency rule amid COVID-19 outbreak

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The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration issued an emergency rule Thursday to ensure injured workers continue receiving the medical treatment they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The entire emergency rule will remain in place until Monday, April 13, according to LWC.

The rule provides the following for the duration that Governor John Bel Edwards declares a state of emergency, according to LWC:

  • Workers’ compensation insurers should accept an approved LWC-WC 1010 for longer than 30 days, especially if a treatment facility is closed because of COVID-19.
  • Workers’ compensation insurers shall allow injured workers to obtain refills of their prescriptions, even if the prescription was recently filled, for at least a 30 day supply and up to a 90 day supply of medication, consistent with approval from a patient’s health care provider and/or pharmacist. Patients must have authorized refill orders.
  • If an injured worker requests that mail order prescriptions be mailed to an alternate address, the insurer should consider doing so.
  • Time restrictions on prescription medication refills shall be waived to include suspension of electronic “refill too soon” edits to pharmacies and to enable injured workers or subscribers to refill prescriptions in advance.
  • If a prescription is not for a schedule II drug, the workers’ compensation insurer shall authorize payment to pharmacies for at least a 30 day supply of a prescription medication when the refill order expired within 90 days of the date the request to refill the prescription is made or if the medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy in a chronic condition.
  • The dispensing pharmacist shall notify the prescriber of emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing.
  • Pharmacists are allowed to refill most medications, one time, with a 30 day supply, even though the pharmacist cannot reach the patient’s physician.

For more information on LWC’s emergency rule, call (225) 342-7561.

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