Saturday, November 26, 2022

Fwd: HMO’s must take O&P’s

Charles Barocas


As I reported to this list some months ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that states can have statutes that force HMO’s to open provider networks to “any willing provider”. Here is New Jersey’s attempt to do just that. Take this to your state representative and ask for the same. I thank R Levin for fwd me this NJ bill. Does anyone know if it passed?


Of course, this is a two edged sword.  The HMO could say they will only pay 50% of Medicare allowables.  They could actually save money this way.  There will always be bottom feeders to accept these contracts.


I have marked in bold the parts of this bill that concerns O&P







>ASSEMBLY, No. 550



>STATE OF NEW JERSEY


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>210th LEGISLATURE


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>PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2002 SESSION

 

>Sponsored by:

>Assemblyman ANTHONY IMPREVEDUTO

>District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)



>Co-Sponsored by:

>Assemblywoman Previte

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>SYNOPSIS
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> Prohibits HMO’s from denying provider participation to orthotists, prosthetists and pedorthists willing to meet terms of HMO contract. 

>CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
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> Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel. 

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>An Act concerning health maintenance organizations and amending P.L.1973, c.337.
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> Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
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> 1. Section 15 of P.L.1973, c.337 (C.26:2J-15) is amended to read as follows:
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> 15. Prohibited practices. a. No health maintenance organization, or representative thereof, may cause or knowingly permit the use of advertising which is untrue or misleading, solicitation which is untrue or misleading, or any form of evidence of coverage which is deceptive. For purpose of this act:
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> (1) a statement or item of information shall be deemed to be untrue if it does not conform to fact in any respect which is or may be significant to an enrollee of, or person considering enrollment in, a health care plan;
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> (2) a statement or item of information shall be deemed to be misleading, whether or not it may be literally untrue, if, in the total context in which such statement is made or such item of information is communicated, such statement or item of information may be reasonably understood by a reasonable person, not possessing special knowledge regarding health care coverage, as indicating any benefit or advantage or the absence of any exclusion, limitation, or disadvantage of possible significance to an enrollee of, or person considering enrollment in, a health care plan, if such benefit or advantage or absence of limitation, exclusion or disadvantage does not in fact exist;
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> (3) an evidence of coverage shall be deemed to be deceptive if the evidence of coverage taken as a whole, and with consideration given to typography and format, as well as language, shall be such as to cause a reasonable person, not possessing special knowledge regarding health care plans and evidences of coverage [therefore] therefor, to expect benefits, services, charges, or other advantages which the evidence of coverage does not provide or which the health care plan issuing such evidence of coverage does not regularly make available for enrollees covered under such evidence of coverage.
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> b. The unfair trade practice provisions of the New Jersey insurance law (N.J.S.17B:30-1 through 22) shall be construed to apply to health maintenance organizations, health care plans and evidences of coverage except to the extent that the commissioner determines that the nature of health maintenance organizations, health care plans and evidence of coverage render such sections clearly inappropriate.
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> c. An enrollee may not be canceled or nonrenewed except for the failure to pay the charge for such coverage, or for such other reasons as may be promulgated by the commissioner.
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> d. No health maintenance organization, unless licensed as an insurer, may use in its name, evidence of coverage, or literature any of the words “insurance,” “assurance,” “casualty,” “surety,” “mutual,” or any other words descriptive of the insurance, casualty, or surety business or deceptively similar to the name or description of any insurance, or surety corporation doing business in this State.
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> e. No health maintenance organization shall deny an orthotist or prosthetist licensed pursuant to P.L.1991, c.512 (C.45:12B-1 et seq.) or a pedorthist certified by the American Board of Certification in Pedorthics or its successor, the right to enter into a contract pursuant to paragraph (4) of subsection a. of section 5 of P.L.1973, c.337 (C.26:2J-5) if the orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist is willing to meet the terms and conditions of the contract.
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> The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the [State] Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety and, where applicable, the commissioner or the Commissioner of Insurance. Nothing in this act shall limit the powers of the Attorney General and the procedures with respect to consumer fraud in [N.J.S.56:8-1 et seq] P.L.1960, c.39 (C.56:8-1 et seq.).
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>(cf: P.L.1973, c.337, s.15)
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> 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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>STATEMENT
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> This bill prohibits a health maintenance organization (HMO) from denying an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist the right to enter into a contract with a health maintenance organization as a provider in the HMO network of providers if the orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist is willing to meet the terms and conditions of the health maintenance organization contract.
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