Medical Pushback on Provider Nondiscrimination Law
SOURCE: Health Insights Today
By Daniel Redwood, DC
Among the important changes in the recently passed health reform law is Section 2706, which makes it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against providers acting within the scope of their state licenses. Predictably, medical physicians who have benefited from many decades of discrimination now seek to turn back the clock and reinstate the pro-discrimination policies that have served them so well for so long.
Meeting in Chicago in mid-June (as reported in the “Contain and Eliminate” post below) , the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) passed a resolution sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. This new AMA policy directs the organization to use its considerable firepower to overturn the provider nondiscrimination clause, citing its “troubling language” that upsets the “dynamic balance”under which insurers were free to discriminate against a long list of non-MD providers, including optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, psychologists, clinical social workers, acupuncturists, and other groups of licensed health practitioners. (more…)