Webcast Live August 4: PIP Insurance Roundtable Includes State Representative Bryan Nelson, Florida Deputy Insurance Commissioner Belinda Miller, Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw

Aug 3, 2010


State Representative Bryan Nelson and Florida Deputy Insurance Commissioner Belinda Miller will be among those participating in a roundtable discussion on Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance-related issues scheduled for tomorrow, August 4, 2010. 

Hosted by Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw, the event’s agenda includes a special report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau on staged accident analysis and a Florida Office of Insurance Regulation report on rescinded policy misrepresentation (to view each report, click on the hyperlinks below).


Additional agenda topics include fee schedules, provider billing issues, examinations under oath and independent medical examinations.

The event, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., also will be Webcast live on the Florida Channel (http://www.wfsu.org/tfc/index.php) or via teleconference at (888) 808-6959; conference code: 4132880. 

Other participants include insurance industry members, medical providers, attorneys and other professionals who work directly with PIP-related claims.  According to the Office of the Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate, their goal will be to identify areas of PIP-related concern and make recommendations to ensure that PIP coverage remains a cost-effective means for Floridians to receive medical treatment for minor injuries without undue financial hardship on medical providers and facilities.  Roundtable participants also will review ways to curb fraudulent activities, improve the claim payment process and ensure licensure of health care clinics is adequate.  Accomplishing these goals is expected to help control automobile insurance rates in Florida.


PIP roundtable participants:

Sean M. Shaw, Esq.
Florida Insurance Consumer Advocate

The Honorable Bryan Nelson          
Florida House of Representatives – District -38
Member, Insurance, Business & Financial Affairs Policy Committee

Blanca Aparicio, Manager         
Special Investigation Unit
United Automobile Insurance Company

Dr. Barry Burak          
Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc.

Deborah J. Cunningham, Manager          
Florida Special Investigations Unit
Nationwide, Allied, Titan, & Victoria Insurance Companies

Kenneth J. Dorchak, Esq.          
Buchalter, Hoffman & Dorchak

Kim Driggers, Esq., Assistant General Counsel          
Florida Chiropractic Association

Scott W. Dutton, Esq.          
Dutton Law Group, PA

Wade Fairchild          
PIP Claim Process Specialist

Ralph Glatfelter         
Florida Hospital Association

Howard Goldblatt, Director of Government Affairs          
Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

Dr. Gary Kompothecras          
Physicians Group LLC

Belinda Miller          
Deputy Insurance Commissioner Property & Casualty Insurance
Office of Insurance Regulation

Tracy T. Pickard, Director          
Special Investigations
Direct General Insurance

Chris Shakib, Esq.          
Terrell Hogan Law Firm

Dr. Todd Sussman, C.D.          
Total Healthcare of Florida

Captain Steven Smith          
Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud
Operations and Investigations, Miami – Dade Region

Jessica Turner, CFE, CIFI          
Special Investigations Manager
Farmers Insurance Group

Johnny Moore, Esq.          
Deputy Insurance Consumer Advocate
Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate

R. Terry Butler, Esq.          
Senior Attorney
Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate

Reamonn Soto, FAMU Intern          
Academy of Leadership and Excellence Program (A.L.Ex.)
Office of the Insurance Consumer Advocate



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