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In a press release issued today, Florida TaxWatch announced a new research report that "looks at the success of the Independent Medical Review (IMR) program in California and examines if an IMR program is a solution to keeping Florida’s workers’ compensation costs low.

“Workers’ compensation is a critical safety net to protect Florida businesses and families,” said Florida TaxWatch President & CEO Dominic M. Calabro. “If the state policymakers want to continue to grow Florida’s economy, it is imperative that the Legislature take the IMR process into consideration.”

In a letter included at the front of the report, Mr. Calabro writes, "California has implemented a cost-effective, non-judicial process developed by Maximus Federal Services, Inc., in which disputes about the medical treatment of injured workers are resolved by physicians instead of by the courts. This Independent Medical Review (IMR) process has been shown to resolve disputes timely (in approximately one month) and save the taxpayers more than $1 billion annually. In this research report, TaxWatch looks at the success of the IMR program in California in an attempt to answer the question 'what if IMR was in use in Florida?'"