ADOI DIRECTOR CONFIRMATION HEARING RESCHEDULED FOR 03/27/13
The confirmation hearing for the appointment of a new Director of ADOI has been rescheduled for 03/27/13. ACS intends to press hard on the point that ADOI has refused to enforce the Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act (UCSP), including the chiropractic insurance equality law, in spite of a clear mandate in law that the Director "shall enforce all insurance laws in this state." ACS has asked committee members in a letter, previously sent to you, to not approve the new Director unless she commits to enforcing all provisions in the UCSP Act.
We strongly encourage you to come to this hearing to show the concern felt by the chiropractic profession over the conduct of ADOI the past few years. Plan to be at the State Senate at 1:30 PM for the 2 PM hearing on Wed., 03/27/13. The hearing will be in the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Hearing Room 1, 1700 West Washington, Phoenix. Parking is just east of 17th Avenue. Sign in at the kiosk in front of the hearing room and write that you are opposed to the nomination but do not need to speak.
You can count on one thing for certain: ACS will NEVER give up until we achieve full insurance equality for chiropractors in Arizona. If this is what you want and you are not already a member, join today.
STATE FARM FILES COURT PETITION TO FORCE YOU TO ACCEPT $12 AS PAYMENT IN FULL FOR A DEPOSITION
State Farm has filed a petition with the Arizona Court of Appeals asking the Court to rule that all treating doctors are "fact witnesses" and not "expert witnesses" in PI cases. Fact witnesses get paid $12 plus mileage for depositions as opposed to expert witnesses who get paid hundreds of dollars per hour to testify. It has been customary for years to consider treating doctors as expert witnesses and now State Farm wants to change the rules. The State Farm petition is posted on the ACS home page at www.AZChiropractors.org.
Imagine receiving a notice of deposition from a PI insurance company and being told you will only get paid $12 for a four hour deposition. You will have to leave your practice and patients for four hours, sacrifice all of the income from treating those patients, and get paid only $12 plus 10 cents per mile of travel. This is what is at stake.
Because of the gravity of the situation, ACS is filing a counter petition with the Arizona Court of Appeals as soon as tomorrow, 03/26/13. ACS will not stand idly by and let this change just happen. ACS believes treating DCs are expert witnesses in PI cases and should be paid accordingly.
The State Farm petition is now posted on the ACS home page at www.AZChiropractors.org. The ACS counter petition will be posted as soon as it is released and filed with the Court. No other state association is intervening in this crisis.