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Senator Shares Insight on Florida Physician Dispensing Legislation as First Guest of Progressive Medical's New SignatureSeries
Date:8/13/2013

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Progressive Medical announced today the debut of SignatureSeries, a new, in-depth educational series, with the first-hand perspective of Florida Senator Alan Hays' quest to change the way the state prices and reimburses medications dispensed by physicians.

During this inaugural edition of SignatureSeries, Hays shares how he artfully brokered a compromise to pass Senate Bill 662 earlier this year. This four-year effort to moderate physician-dispensed medications in the state received national attention, particularly because Florida had one of the nation's highest workers' compensation rates.

The recent conversation between Hays and Brian Allen, Progressive Medical's vice president of government affairs, was filmed at the senator's Umatilla office. During this powerful exchange, Hays walks Allen through the political process and offers thoughtful reflection of why the bill was so critical to payors and injured workers. He also provides insight on the value of political leverage and lends advice for other states looking to gain more control over escalating physician-dispensing costs.

"This was the right thing for employers, insurers and patients," Hays shared during SignatureSeries. "When you know that you did the right thing, you sleep well at night."

Florida has already seen a positive impact from the legislation, resulting in a lowered rate from the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

SignatureSeries is a conduit to share valuable insight on highly relevant topics such as pharmacy trends, regulatory efforts, legislative affairs, clinical innovations and other forces that impact the workers' compensation industry. Conversations, panels and roundtables offered through a multimedia approach
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