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Workers’ Compensation – Selected State Issues. Dan Sumner, Assistant Director Division of Workers’ Compensation Florida Department of Financial Services March 10, 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana. Florida Undergoes Major Changes In Workers’ Compensation System.

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Workers’ Compensation – Selected State Issues

Dan Sumner, Assistant Director

Division of Workers’ Compensation

Florida Department of Financial Services

March 10, 2005

New Orleans, Louisiana


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Florida Undergoes Major Changes In Workers’ Compensation System

  • July 1, 2002: Department of Labor and Employment Security abolished. Division of Workers’ Compensation transferred to Department of Insurance.

  • January 1, 2003: Florida Department of Insurance part of new Department of Financial Services and Office of Insurance Regulation.

    • Division of Workers’ Compensation under DFS, headed by Chief Financial Officer.

  • SB 50-A – 2003 Workers’ Compensation Reform – Major Provisions Effective October 1, 2003.


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Florida’s Historical Rate Changes


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Cost Drivers

  • Attorney Involvement

  • Permanent Total/Indemnity Benefits

  • Medical Costs


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Changes to Attorney’s Fees

  • Eliminates provision that allowed for hourly fees; except for medical only cases. Maximum hourly fee is $1,500 @ $150 per hour.

  • Attorney retainer agreement cannot exceed statutory fees.


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Changes to Attorney’s Fees

  • Attorney fees paid by the carrier will be calculated only on the amount secured above those specified in the offer to settle. 20% of first $5,000, 15% of next 5,000. 10% of remaining amount to be provided during first 10 years after claim filed, 5% of benefits secured after 10 years.


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SB 50-A: Impact on Litigation

  • Petitions Filed, FY 2003/04

    • 127,548 (-15.42%)

  • Unrepresented Claimants:

    • Pre- Post

      10/01/03 10/01/03

      2.96% 2.78%


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • Permanent Total

    • Eliminated Social Security eligibility standard.

    • Established higher threshold to meet PT eligibility: scheduled injury or not able to engage in at least sedentary employment within a 50 mile radius of employee’s residence, due to physical limitations.


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • PT benefits end at age 75; exception for not having worked enough to be eligible for Social Security.

  • PT supplemental benefits end at age 62; exception for not being eligible for Social Security.

  • Annual increase in PT supplemental benefits is reduced from 5% to 3%.


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • Permanent Impairment

    • Paid bi-weekly rather than weekly.

    • Increased from 50 percent to 75 percent of the temporary total disability benefit amount.

    • Reduced by 50 percent for each week in which the employee earned income equal to or in excess of the employee’s average weekly wage.


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • Permanent partial impairment benefits for psychiatric impairment are limited to one percentage point in the permanent impairment rating.

  • Compensation for Death

    • Maximum funeral benefits increase from $5,000 to $7,500.

    • Maximum death benefits increase from $100,000 to $150,000.


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • The duration of permanent impairment benefits is as follows:

    • Two weeks for each percentage point from 1 to 10 percent;

    • Three weeks for each percentage point of impairment from 11 to 15 percent;


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Changes to Indemnity Benefits

  • Four weeks for each percentage point of impairment from 16 to 20 percent;

  • Six weeks for each percentage point of impairment from 21 percent or higher.


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Changes to Medical Benefits

  • Increases maximum reimbursement for physicians to 110% of Medicare.

  • Increases maximum reimbursement for surgical procedures to 140% of Medicare.

  • Hospital payments are reduced, except for emergency procedures.


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Changes to Medical Benefits

  • Increases maximum number of chiropractic treatments to 24 treatments within 12 weeks beyond initial chiropractic treatment.

  • IMEs are limited to one per accident, instead of one per specialty—cost borne by requesting party; if employee prevails, then carrier pays.


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SB 50A: Employer Compliance

  • Out-of-state construction employer with employees engaged in Florida must have FLORIDA on Section 3A of the policy, and use Florida rates, rules and forms.

  • Division Can Issue Stop Work Order for:

    • Failing to secure coverage.

    • Material misclassification.

    • Material underreporting or concealment of payroll.

    • Failure to produce business records within 5 days of written request.


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SB 50A: Employer Compliance

  • Definition of Independent Contractor

    440.02(15)(c)3. “Employee” includes an independent contractor working or performing services in the construction industry.”

  • Exemptions – For Construction Industry:

    Corporate officers or members of a LLC owning at least 10% of stock or membership of business can elect exemption. Only 3 exemptions per business and affiliated businesses.


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Electronic Reporting of Data

  • The Division is mandating electronic filing of the following reports:

    • Proof of Coverage, Medical Billing, First Report of Injury (Late ’05).

  • Centralized Performance System developed to monitor and measure performance electronically.


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Electronic Reporting of Data

  • The Division is mandating electronic filing of the following reports:

    • Proof of Coverage, Medical Billing, First Report of Injury (Late ’05).

  • Centralized Performance System developed to monitor and measure performance electronically.


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Proof of Coverage Database

  • On Division Website

    www.fldfs.com/wc

  • Platform for Policy Tracking System

    • Currently 3,531 registrants tracking 13,953 policies.


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