While we would all agree that the “new PIP” is not what Floridians need or expect, you can still be of tremendous service to your patients. The FCA now offers a new 33-minute webinar on PIP as part of its ongoing effort to assist you in this period of transition, to supplement the vast resources already posted for easy member access on the FCA web site and the PIP classes being offered at every FCA convention this year. View it at your convenience, as many times as you would like. We thank our presenters, FCA General Counsel Paul Lambert and FCA Asst. General Counsel Kim Driggers, for their invaluable insights in “New PIP Laws After House Bill 119: Effective Dates, New Patients, Denials and Limits.” We also thank Dr. Sig Miller of ChiroView Presents for his excellent job as moderator.
On December 27, 2012 Federal Judge Richard A. Lazzara dismissed a
lawsuit filed November 23, 2012 in the federal court in Tampa
challenging the validity of the PIP law that became effective on January
1, 2013. The Plaintiffs are an acupuncture physician, a chiropractic
physician, two licensed massage therapists, a John Doe and a Jane Doe.
By Kimberly Driggers, JD, FCA Asst. General Counsel
Monday, 07 January 2013
Floridians, providers, lawyers, judges, and juries alike, are going to have to wade through the ambiguities of New PIP. We’re all in it together. Preparation is key.
Well, as much preparation as is possible with New PIP.
While we would all agree that the “new PIP” is not what Floridians need or expect, you can still be of tremendous service to your patients. Start by reading this article and avail yourself of the many tools provided by the FCA legal staff to help you. In a great new article written for the upcoming issue of the FCA Journal, FCA Assistant General Counsel Kim Driggers outlines pro-active steps you can take to deal with the transition.
By Paul Lambert, JD, FCA General Counsel & Kimberly Driggers, JD, FCA Asst. General Counsel
Wednesday, 02 January 2013
CS/CS/HB 119 – the PIP bill passed by the Legislature last Friday night – is extremely confusing and is difficult to interpret and understand. FCA legal staff is working to provide the answers to your many questions.
CS/CS/HB 119 – the PIP bill passed by the 2012 Legislature – is extremely confusing and is difficult to interpret and understand. FCA legal staff continues to work daily to provide the answers to members’ many questions and to update information as it becomes available.
We have created a flyer that will help you inform your patients about the changes in PIP and it is now posted for your easy printing. Next week, the FCA will send a large, 4-color poster version to you for display in your reception room.
In response to member requests, we've also included a PDF file of the large (11”x17”) 4-color poster.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) on Tuesday
issued a memo attempting to fix a flaw in the new PIP law. In the memo,
AHCA General Counsel Stuart Williams outlines legal reasoning why the
Agency “believes that the Act applies the same effective date of January
1, 2013 to both” the new requirement for clinic licensure and the list
of providers exempted from it (MD, DO, DC, dentists, hospitals, medical