THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA: Medical Billing Issue Before Florida Supreme Court Today

Mar 6, 2013

The following notice was issued by THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA on March 6, 2013:

The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 9:50 a.m. today, March 6, 2013, in the case of GEICO General Insurance Co. v. Virtual Imaging Services, Inc.  This is a case over the validity of a fee schedule in state law related to Personal Injury Protection automobile insurance.

To view the case, click here.

Arguments will be heard at the Supreme Court, at 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

The case involves a woman who underwent two MRIs after an auto accident. Virtual Imaging, which did the MRIs, billed GEICO under the victim’s PIP insurance policy.

Geico paid Virtual a lesser amount based on a fee schedule referenced in state law. Virtual sued, arguing Geico could not use the particular fee schedule because it was not specifically cited in the customer’s policy.

The trial court ruled in Virtual Imaging’s favor. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision and also certified the issue as one of great public importance for the Supreme Court to decide.