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    2009 Notice of Dispute Report

     DATE: May 28, 2010
       
     TO: All Insurance Companies, Self-Insured Employers, and Group Funds
       
     FROM: Jack Nolish, Director
       
     RE: 2009 Notice of Dispute Report
       

    The report listed below shows the number of initial voluntary payment claims for 2009 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.  As noted on the chart below, the average for all companies is 11.66%. 

    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 Kathy Rademacher at (517) 322-1883 or e-mail her at  rademacherk1@michigan.gov. 

     

      Type 

    Total
    Claims
     

    Claims
    w/o 107's
     

    Claims
    w/107's
     

    % Disputed
    Claims
     

      Group Funds 

      2,109 

      1,854 

     255

    12.09%

      Insurance Companies 

      10,976

      9,450

      1,526 

     13.90%

      Self-Insureds 

      5,295 

      4,932

     363

     6.86%

      Total/Average 

      18,380 

      16,236 

      2,144 

     11.66% 

    Related Content
     •  2012 Pay Lag Report
     •  2012 Notice of Dispute Report
     •  2011 Pay Lag Report
     •  2011 Notice of Dispute Report
     •  2010 Pay Lag Report
     •  2010 Notice of Dispute Report
     •  2009 Pay Lag Report
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