Health insurance; provider contracts, business practices, adverse changes, penalties. (SB765)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Health insurance; provider contracts; business practices; penalties. Prohibits a carrier from unilaterally amending a provider contract or any material provision, addenda, schedule, exhibit, or policy thereto, as it relates to any material provision that was agreed to or accepted by the provider in the previous 12-month period. The measure requires such an amendment to be agreed to by the provider in a signed written amendment to the provider contract. The measure defines a material provision of a provider contract as any policy manual, coverage guideline, edit, multiple procedure logic, or audit procedure that (i) decreases the provider's payment or compensation, (ii) limits an enrollee's access to covered services under his health plan, or (iii) changes the administrative procedures applicable to a provider contract in a way that may reasonably be expected to significantly increase the provider's administrative expense. The measure requires carriers to permit a provider to determine the carrier's policies regarding the use of edits or multiple procedure logic. The measure requires carriers to provide, for each health plan in which the provider participates or is proposed to participate, a complete fee schedule for all health care services included under the provider contract with the provider in writing and to make them available in machine-readable electronic format. The measure requires carriers to permit a provider a minimum of one year from the date a health care service is rendered to submit a claim for payment. The measure also (a) requires the State Corporation Commission to assist providers and to examine and investigate provider complaints and inquiries relating to an alleged or suspected failure by a carrier to comply with required minimum fair business standards, (b) requires the Commission to provide a determination of whether a carrier has failed to comply with these standards within 60 days of receipt of a provider's complaint or inquiry, (c) authorizes the Commission to determine whether a person's practices comply with these standards, (d) subjects a person that refuses or fails to provide information in a timely manner to the Commission to enforcement and penalty provisions, and (e) authorizes the Commission to impose penalties or issue a cease and desist order to a carrier that fails to comply with these standards. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103712D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/24/2020Impact statement from SCC (SB765)
02/09/2020Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Commerce and Labor

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