Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with Andrew Sabolic, assistant director for the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, about how he came to know WCRI.
The Division, which is a member of the Institute, actively ensures the self-execution of the workers' compensation system by educating system participants of their rights and responsibilities; by leveraging data to deliver exceptional value; and by holding participants accountable for fulfilling their obligations.
Andrew has been with the Division for over 17 years and handles many of the operational, regulatory, and legislative issues that impact it. He interacts with the various workers’ compensation stakeholders and communicates the Division’s policies to these stakeholders.
1) How did you first learn about WCRI?
I first became aware of WCRI in the mid-1990s, when I served as a state relations executive for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).
2) What value do you derive from being a member of WCRI?
I have always been impressed with WCRI’s commitment to its mission of providing the public with objective, credible, high-quality research on important public policy issues. The research and data WCRI provides to regulators allows us to make informed decisions to improve states’ workers’ compensation systems.
3) What is your favorite WCRI study/research area?
The CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, which looks at medical and indemnity costs.
4) Can you describe a moment when WCRI’s research was really helpful?
Medical bill data and lost-time claim information are reported to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. We use the data to conduct our own research and analysis. It is useful to compare our results with WCRI’s research to identify similar trends and patterns. A recent example of this comparative process occurred in the 2019 Biennial Report. This report contains legislative recommendations by the Three-Member Panel to improve the workers’ compensation health care delivery system in Florida. The recommendations are supported by data from the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, WCRI, and NCCI.
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