Labor and Economic Opportunity
DATE: March 10, 2017
TO: All Insurance Companies, Self-Insured Employers, and Group Funds
FROM: Mark C. Long, Director
The 2016 Notice of Dispute Report shows the number of initial voluntary payment claims for 2016 that were disputed. We have excluded any claims in which a Form 104A or 104C was filed or in which partial benefits were initially paid.
We urge you to examine the report and compare your company's percentage to others in your grouping as well as to the statewide average. While I appreciate that there are going to be situations where payment of compensation should be disputed, there certainly is no excuse for filing Notices of Dispute in a high percentage of payment cases. We ask that you examine your company's current policy on this issue and remind your claims department that filing unnecessary Notices of Dispute may do more to encourage litigation rather than prevent it, and adds additional costs to the agency in having to process these forms.
If you have any questions about this report, please contact Ken Smith at 517-284-8914 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.