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Division Director

Tanner Holloman

Assistant Director

Andrew Sabolic


Workers' Compensation
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Workers' Compensation Claims
(800) 342-1741
Workers' Compensation Exemption/ Compliance
(850) 413-1609

Rule Changes & Notices

Draft Rules

Note: The Division has scheduled (0) Rule Workshops or Rule Hearings.

 

Past Workshops & Hearings

Type Rules Date Location
Rule Workshop 69L-8, Selected Materials Incorporated by Reference Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1:00 p.m. (eastern) Room 102, Hartman Building, 2012 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL
Summary: The proposed rules incorporate updated versions of currently adopted resource materials utilized in the determination and reimbursement of the costs of medical care provided to Florida’s injured employees. The proposed rules promote the efficient delivery of medical care to Florida’s injured employees by reducing the potential for errors and delays resulting from the use of dated materials.

A copy of the published Notice may be found here.

A copy of the proposed Rules may be found here.
 
Type Rules Date Location
Rule Hearing
Not Requested-Not Held
69L-6.015
69L-6.027
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Room 102, Hartman Building, 2012 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL
Summary: Proposed Rule 69L-6.015, F.A.C., deletes the requirement for corporations with exempt officers who are engaged in the construction industry to maintain written statements of those exempted persons acknowledging each such individual’s exempt status. Proposed Rule 69L-6.027, F.A.C., incorporates to the Penalty Worksheet the 25% penalty reduction for eligible employers and the reduced imputed payroll multiplier changes.

Proposed Rules 69L-6.015 and 69L-6.027
 
Type Rules Date Location
Rule Hearing
Not Requested-Not Held
69L-30, Expert Medical Advisors
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Room 102, Hartman Building, 2012 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL
Summary:  The proposed changes reflect statutory changes allowing Judges of Compensation Claims to appoint Expert Medical Advisors, update a website address, and update the list of final orders that disqualify a physician from Expert Medical Advisor certification.

A copy of the proposed Rule text may be found here

A copy of the published Notice may be found here
 
Type Rules Date Location
Rule Hearing 69L-31, Utilization and Reimbursement Dispute Rule
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Room 102, Hartman Building, 2012 Capital Circle SE, Tallahassee, FL
Summary: Rulemaking to amend rules governing the procedures for the resolution of reimbursement disputes between workers’ compensation carriers and health care providers, identified under Rule Chapter 69L-31, F.A.C.

A copy of the proposed Rule text may be found here

A copy of the Notice may be found here

A copy of the draft Petition for Resolution of Reimbursement Dispute may be found here

A copy of the draft Carrier Response to Petition for Resolution of Reimbursement Dispute may be found here

 

New Rules

Note: This tab reflects Rules adopted within the past 6 months.

Effective Date Rules
July 1, 2017 69L-7.020, F.A.C. Florida Workers' Compensation Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual
May 18, 2017 69L-30, F.A.C. Expert Medical Advisors
March 21, 2017 69L-6.027, F.A.C.  Penalty Calculation Worksheet
March 21, 2017 69L-6.015, F.A.C.  Record Maintenance and Production Requirements for Employers
January 8, 2017 69L-6.035, F.A.C.  Definition of Payroll for Calculating Penalty
January 8, 2017 69L-6.028, F.A.C.  Procedures for Imputing Payroll and Penalty Calculations

 

Notices

Date Subject
May 2, 2017 Notice of Change and Notice of Correction
The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation submitted a Notice of Change for Chapter 69L-31, Florida Administrative Code. The changes to the proposed rules are in response to oral testimony and written comments submitted to the Department by interested parties and to written comments submitted to the Department by the staff of the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee. The proposed rules include certain technical changes and clarifications. Changes are also made to Forms DFS-F6-DWC-3160-0023 (Petition for Resolution of Reimbursement Dispute) and DFS-F6-DWC-3160-0024 (Carrier Response to Petition for Resolution of Reimbursement Dispute).

The official Notice of Change appeared in the Volume 43, Number 85 of the Florida Administrative Weekly, published on May 2, 2017. If you have questions about the contents of this notice, please contact Theresa Pugh, Program Administrator, Medical Services Section, Division of Workers' Compensation at (850) 413-1721 or Theresa.Pugh@myfloridacfo.com.

A copy of the Notice of Change may be found here.

The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation submitted a Notice of Correction for Chapter 69L-31, Florida Administrative Code. The paragraph titled, "SUMMARY OF STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED REGULATORY COST AND LEGISLATIVE RATIFICATION" has been corrected to provide further detail on why legislative ratification is not required.

The official Notice of Correction appeared in the Volume 43, Number 85 of the Florida Administrative Weekly, published on May 2, 2017. If you have questions about the contents of this notice, please contact Theresa Pugh, Program Administrator, Medical Services Section, Division of Workers' Compensation at (850) 413-1721 or Theresa.Pugh@myfloridacfo.com.

A copy of the Notice of Correction may be found here.
Revised SERCs for Notice 18916181
 
Date Subject
April 19, 2017, 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) Three-Member Panel Meeting
The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation announces a public meeting of the Three-Member Panel that will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in room 116 of the J. Edwin Larson Building located at 200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

The Three-Member Panel will consider adopting the reimbursement methodologies and maximum reimbursement allowances for the 2017 editions of the Health Care Provider Reimbursement Manual, Hospital Reimbursement Manual, and the Ambulatory Surgical Center Reimbursement Manual. Public comment will also be received.

The Three-Member Panel meeting packet contains the following information:
- Three-Member Panel Meeting Agenda is available here.
- Draft Healthcare Provider Manual is available here.
- Draft Hospital Reimbursement Manual is available here.
- Draft Ambulatory Surgical Center Manual is available here.
- NCCI Analysis is available here.

The official Notice of this meeting appeared in Volume 43, Number 58 of the Florida Administrative Weekly, published on March 24, 2017.

If you have questions about the contents of this notice, please contact Theresa Pugh, Program Administrator, Medical Services Section, Division of Workers' Compensation at (850) 413-1721 or Theresa.Pugh@myfloridacfo.com.
 
Date Subject
January 4, 2017 Three-Member Panel Meeting
Summary: The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation announces a public meeting of the Three-Member Panel that will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in room 116 of the J. Edwin Larson Building located at 200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida. This public meeting, to which all are invited, has been convened to facilitate the Panel's consideration of the following items:
- The Three-Member Panel 2017 Biennial Report
- The Division's Annual Report on the resolution of health care provider medical reimbursement disputes and activities (2016) conducted pursuant to s. 440.13(8), F.S.

Click here for meeting packet pdf

Notice of this public meeting appears in the Wednesday, December 21, 2016, issue of the Florida Administrative Register. To view the official (published) notice click on the following link: https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=18390441
 
Date Subject
December 20, 2016 Maximum Workers' Compensation Rate, Effective Jan. 1, 2017
Maximum Workers' Compensation Rate, Effective January 1, 2017

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has determined the statewide average weekly wage paid by employers subject to the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program Law to be $886.46 for the four calendar quarters ending June 30, 2016.

Subsection 440.12(2), Florida Statutes (2016), expressly provides that, for injuries occurring on or after August 1, 1979, the weekly compensation rate shall be equal to 100 percent of the statewide average weekly wage, adjusted to the nearest dollar, and that the average weekly wage determined by the Department of Economic Opportunity for the four calendar quarters ending each June 30 shall be used in determining the maximum weekly compensation rate with respect to injuries occurring in the calendar year immediately following.

Accordingly, the maximum weekly compensation rate for work-related injuries and illnesses occurring on or after January 1, 2017 shall be $886.00.

DFS-03-2016 pdf
 
Date Subject
December 12, 2016 Court Decisions
Summary: The Division is closely following the activities associated with the recent 1st DCA and Supreme Court rulings. During the upcoming 2017 legislative session, laws impacting the workers’ compensation system may be addressed, therefore the Division will monitor any forthcoming changes prior to engaging in rulemaking activities or procedural changes related to these topics. We would like to assure all stakeholders that the Division stands ready to provide whatever support is necessary to ensure a healthy and viable system.
Links to the court cases can be found at:
 
Date Subject
August 24, 2016 2016 WCI Conference - DWC Breakout Presentation
Summary: The Florida Division of Workers' Compensation recently participated in the 71st Annual Workers' Compensation Educational Conference with the Workers' Compensation Institute, in Orlando, Florida. The Division's breakout session included the following topics: Legislative and Rule Updates, Audits and Carrier Compliance, Medical Services and EDI Updates. Please contact Brittany O'Neil at 850-413-1927 with any questions.

DWC Breakout Presentation pdf