Politicians are telling us that they will lower insurance premiums by reining in excessive out-of-network costs. But what they don’t say is how this will impact patients.
The New Jersey Doctor Patient-Alliance opposes S-1285/A-1952, the doctor price-fixing legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Vitale. The law dangerously undermines the honest doctors in our State who treat patients without regard to their ability to pay. Its heavy-handed arbitration model, stacked against doctors in favor of insurers, would make 24-hour ER coverage unaffordable in our community and inner-city hospitals. The real victims of this would be our citizens, as the emergency safety net gets pulled out from under them.
The NJDPA supports Sen. Paul Sarlo's S-3299, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji’s A-4228 can be put forward to protect patients and reduce costs.
The NJDPA is not alone. Other medical organizations are also opposing S-1285. Learn more about why they are opposed by clicking on the links and reading their position papers.
June 21, 2017 Dear Members of the General Assembly and State Senate: On behalf of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the New Jersey Orthopaedic Society, we are writing to oppose S-1285/A-1952 ("Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act."). We are concerned this measure would create a complex bureaucratic and legal scheme by establishing a costly new dispute resolution system all while unlawfully attempting to regulate federal health plan payments. This legislation would disproportionately favor insurers by harming physicians’ ability to obtain fair contracts and payments.Continue reading
The American Medical Association has weighed in on S-1285/A-1952, otherwise known as the physician price-fixing legislation. In their letter, the AMA writes that it "supports holding patients harmless when they receive unanticipated out-of-network care, but such a hold harmless policy should be accompanied by strong network adequacy protections and a fair level of out-of-network coverage based on charges from an independent data source. A ban on balance billing without the other prongs can have a detrimental impact on the market and access to care."Continue reading
The New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons request your opposition of S-1285, which is scheduled for a Senate vote on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Together our organizations represent more than 220 physicians in New Jersey.Continue reading
On behalf of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons (NJSPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), we request that you support S-3299 regarding out-of-network patient notification requirements. The New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons is the largest association of plastic surgeons in New Jersey, and in conjunction with our national affiliate the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, collectively represent 220 board-certified plastic surgeons in the state.Continue reading