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FL: Payment Per Claim for Drugs Prescribed to Injured Workers Was Nearly 40 Percent Higher Than Study Median

CAMBRIDGE , MA –The payment per claim for prescription drugs used to treat injured workers in Florida was nearly 40 percent higher than in most study states, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The 16-state study by the Cambridge, MA-based WCRI found...

FL: State Legislature Approves Restrictions on Pill Mills

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to tighten restrictions on pain clinics and limit the amount of drugs that can be dispensed by pain management doctors. The bill has been sent to the Governor. Source: Palm Beach Post

FL: CFO Sink's Risk Management Passes Legislature, Reducing Workers' Comp Costs

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida CFO Alex Sink on Friday commended the Florida Legislature for unanimously passing legislation that implements recommendations made by CFO Sink to strengthen the state’s Risk Management program and reduce workers’ compensation costs to the state. “This legislation...

FL: WC Rates Will Decrease July 1, 2010

Tallahassee, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) made a filing with the Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) on May 7, 2010, which included a proposed 4.2% decrease in rates. This marks the eighth...

FL: DWC Reduces Special Disability Trust Fund Assessment Rate

TALLAHASSEE, FL - On May 7, 2010, the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Worker Compensation, issued an order revising the Special Disability Trust Fund assessment. The assessment rate has been at 4.52% since July 1994. Effective July 1, 2010, the assessment rate is being reduced to...

FL: FLOIR Orders Workers’ Comp Insurance Companies to Refund Millions in Excess Profits

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced the Office has ordered 16 workers' compensation insurance companies or groups to return a total of over $9.4 million in excessive profits to their policyholders. Workers' compensation insurers are required to return...

FL: Budget Bill Hurts Injured Workers by Requiring Out of Pocket Payments for Prescriptions, Says Physician

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Sanford Silverman, M.D. writes in the Gainesville Sun that Governor Charlie Crist should veto budget bill (HB 5603) because of language that was slipped into the bill at the last minute that would make it more difficult for injured workers to obtain medical prescriptions by requiring...

FL: Lawsuit Filed Against Publix Over Fatal Shooting of Employee by Co-Worker

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL - The Hernando Today reports a lawsuit has been filed by the estate of Greg Janowski, a Publix employee who was fatally shot in the store's parking lot by a co-worker, alleging that Publix knew of the threats made by the co-worker against Janowski and after firing the co-worker...

Florida Workers' Compensation in Review 2009-2010

The editorial consultants for Dubreuil’s Florida Workers’ Compensation Handbook explain the legal developments over the past year for Florida workers’ compensation practice and the updates to the Handbook. Publisher’s Note: The 2010 edition of the Handbook will be available in...

Florida’s Reciprocity Statute: Did the Florida Legislature Fumble in Trying to Limit Workers' Compensation Coverage for Pro Football Players?

A new Emerging Issues Analysis article by Thomas A. Robinson, the senior staff writer for Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law , examines the collision of states' jurisdiction in workers' compensation cases, particularly where injured pro football players are involved. California is...

NFL’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement Allows Players to File Workers’ Comp Claims in Other States

The new collective bargaining agreement that has been approved by the National Football League owners and the National Football League Players Association includes a provision that a player can file worker's compensation claims in states besides the state in which his team is based. Read more at...

Divided Sixth Circuit Court Delivers Body Blow to Michigan’s Continuing Battle Regarding RICO Claims and Comp Exclusivity

By Thomas A. Robinson A divided Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Brown v. Cassens Transp. Co. , 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 6929 (6th Cir. Apr. 6, 2012), has again reversed the dismissal of plaintiff employees’ RICO action and remanded it to the United States District Court for the Eastern District...