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After a divided appeals court ruled against it this month, Progressive Select Insurance Co. has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about how much it should pay to a hospital for treating a man injured in an auto accident. The insurer filed a notice last week that it was appealing the ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal, according to documents posted Tuesday on the Supreme Court website. While a panel of the appeals court ruled Feb. 9 in favor of Florida Hospital in the Orange County case, the panel also asked the Supreme Court to take up the issue --- a move known as certifying the case to the Supreme Court. The notice, as is common, did not detail Progressive’s arguments. But the case deals with calculation of payments under the personal-injury protection auto policy of Progressive customer Jonathan Parent, who was injured in an auto accident. Parent’s policy had a $1,000 deductible, and his total hospital charges were $2,781, according to the appeals-court ruling. In seeking payment from the insurer, the hospital first subtracted the $1,000 deductible and then calculated the amount owed using a formula in the state’s so-called PIP law. The hospital billed the insurer for $1,068. But Progressive used a different method that first applied part of the formula to reduce the overall $2,781 charge. The insurer then subtracted Parent’s $1,000 deductible from the reduced amount, made another calculation under the formula and said it owed $868 to the hospital --- $200 less than what the hospital billed. The crux of the dispute centers on whether the deductible should be subtracted from the overall charges or from the reduced amount. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court said it should be applied to the overall charges, effectively forcing Progressive to pay more.

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