Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation Schedules Rule Hearing for ‘Notice of Apportionment of Medical Reimbursement Due to a Pre-Existing Condition(s)’ (Chapter 69L-3.017, F.A.C)
Jul 17, 2012
The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation advised today, July 17, 2012, that it has scheduled a Rule Hearing on August 3, 2012 to review proposed amendments to Rule Chapter 69L-3.017, entitled “Notice of Apportionment of Medical Reimbursement Due to a Pre-Existing Condition(s).”
To view the complete Rule Hearing notice, click here.
The purpose of the proposed new Rule Chapter is to inform workers’ compensation claims administrators of notice requirements to employees when the payment of a compensable medical benefit will be apportioned, pursuant to Section 440.15(5), F.S. Should the Rule Chapter be amended, claims administrators would be required to provide employees seeking medical services (for dates of injury on or after October 1, 2003) with notification of decisions to apply apportionment. The proposed Rule also provides that compliance with the notice requirements is achieved by mailing Form DFS-F2-DWC-12 (Notice of Denial), or a letter to the employee explaining its apportionment decision to the employee, as specified. Further, it clarifies that compliance with the notice requirements under proposed Rule 69L-3.017, F.A.C. does not satisfy the notification requirement under subsection 69L-7.602(5), F.A.C.
If requested within 21 days of today’s notice, the August 3 hearing will be held immediately upon conclusion of the hearing for Rule 69L-7.602, F.A.C., if permissible, otherwise it will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room 102 of the Hartman Building, 2012 Capital Circle Southeast, Tallahassee, Florida.
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