DOBI Proposes Further Changes to PIP Regulations

MSNJ has been on the forefront of change to the Department of Banking & Insurance (DOBI) proposed regulations governing personal injury protection (PIP).  This week, Commissioner Tom Considine announced that he used a new streamlined administrative procedure, signed into law by Governor Christie, that will allow DOBI to make further changes to the proposed PIP rule and fee schedule without restarting the entire rulemaking process. DOBI announced that it is addressing a number of issues, including some raised by MSNJ, in the newly revised proposals. The revised proposal will be published on February 21.

Changes include: creation of a new Hospital Outpatient Surgical Facility (HOSF) fee schedule that is separate from the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) facility fee schedule, amendments of the ASC facility fee schedule fees to eliminate an over-reimbursement for implantable devices that are included in the fees, deletion of 117 fees from the Physician’s fee schedule for spinal and neurosurgical procedures to allow for further study due to their infrequency and availability of coverage, deletion of references to Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organizations from the PIP Protocols Rule, and removal of post-employment restriction on Dispute Relation Professionals (DRP’s).

MSNJ appreciates DOBI’s collaboration with interested stakeholders and the leadership of Governor Christie to require more transparency in rulemaking. We will review the new proposal upon its release and inform members of the changes. Read the press release.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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