House panel approves bill to increase payments for workers’ comp doctors

In an attempt to beef up the number of physicians willing to treat workers’ compensation patients, a House subcommittee gave the green light to a bill that will increase for the first time in 20 years reimbursement rates for expert medical witnesses testifying in workers’ comp cases.

Florida’s workers’ compensation law currently limits the amount a health care provider can be paid for providing expert witness testimony during depositions on a claim to $200 an hour. Pay for expert witnesses who are reviewing medical records or who did provide the care to the case in dispute is limited to $200 a

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