Christie Administration Recognizes the Need to Reduce Regulatory Burdens for Medical Practices
This week, in response to the efforts of MSNJ, the Christie Administration acknowledged in a press release the need to reduce regulatory burdens on physicians to bend the cost curve of healthcare delivery in New Jersey. The administration’s Department of Banking & Insurance (DOBI) Commissioner, Tom Considine, and key members of his staff visited the medical practices of five MSNJ members to observe first-hand the challenges of meeting administrative requirements imposed by insurance carriers. MSNJ President Niranjan (Bonki) Rao expressed the thanks of the organization for DOBI’s interest in how physician practices operate and for an ongoing dialogue.
Commissioner Considine indicated that the visits were an “eye opening” learning experience to see the administrative side of medical practices. He further indicated that he felt that improvements could be made. Commissioner Considine stated that:
Our healthcare providers are on the front line of the healthcare system and as such we value them very deeply. . . . My goal is to work with them and our insurance carriers to do whatever we can to bring down the costs of healthcare. We are all looking for ways to achieve maximum efficiency in the system and that means all parties must work together to eliminate unnecessary steps.
The DOBI press release noted recent efforts to reduce the administrative burden of medical practices, including: a new regulation allowing obstetricians to elect installment payments instead of a global payment for maternity services; a bulletin to remind insurance carriers that once services are preauthorized they must be paid for except in cases of fraud; and forums on the implementation of exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
DOBI also noted other areas under review, including: strengthening provider agreements; improving the credentialing system; clarifying the reimbursement system; and improving provider directories. MSNJ has been engaged in ongoing efforts on these issues.
MSNJ’s CEO expressed the organization’s pleasure in coordinating DOBI’s efforts to observe the administrative hurdles that physician practices face on a day-to-day basis. MSNJ appreciates the time and effort expended by the five members who hosted site visits.