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Archive for October, 2013

Down But Not Out: New PIP Statute Goes Back Into Effect

In an expected turn of events, the 1st District Court of Appeals has struck-down the injunction which was blocking the implementation of the new PIP statute. The statute, passed in 2012 with strong insurance industry support, makes many changes to the old PIP system that are unfavorable to medical providers here in Florida. These changes include not allowing massage therapists or acupuncturists to bill PIP benefits, forcing someone in a car wreck to start treatment within two weeks or be barred from receiving treatment , and capping chiropractic treatment at $2,500.00 unless there is a so-called “emergency  medical condition.” Unfortunately, these rules are now in full effect as the injunction blocking them has been lifted by the Court of Appeals.

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Injunction Update: Medical Providers Fight Back!

As we have mentioned here before at PIP Guru, an injunction was entered by Florida Second Circuit Judge Terry Lewis back in March which put the implementation of the new PIP Statute on hold. The new statute, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott back in May of 2013, excludes massage therapists and acupuncturists from billing PIP benefits, caps chiropractic care at $2,500.00 in the absence of an “emergency condition”, and forces anyone injured in an auto accident to seek treatment within two weeks of the wreck or be barred from receiving treatment.

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