MSNJ asked the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) for leniency for practices unable to obtain the new prescription blanks by the original August 18 deadline, due to vendor back-orders. In response to our request and that of several other groups, the DCA decided to extend the deadline. The DCA has further extended the deadline to November 2, 2014. Physicians may use the old and/or new prescription blanks through November 2. Only the new prescription blanks may be used effective November 3. Physicians, who have not placed orders for the new blanks, are urged to contact an approved vendor and order immediately. Once you begin using your new prescription blanks, it is important that you destroy your old ones in accordance with DCA guidelines. Please be sure to notify the NJ Drug Control Unit that you have destroyed your old prescription blanks by completing a certification of destruction. There is no formal deadline for the submission of the Certification of Destruction, however, it should be done within a timely manner after the blanks are destroyed. Read the DCA’s FAQ on prescription blanks.
The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) recently adopted regulations requiring physician offices to post notice regarding patient rights under the Independent Health Care Appeals Program (IHCAP). MSNJ provided comments to DOBI on the proposed regulations requesting that the notice include language that clarifies that IHCAP may not apply to all patient plans. We thank DOBI for honoring our request. Note that IHCAP does not apply to most government-sponsored coverage, such as Medicare, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program and self-funded plans according to DOBI. The notice language may be downloaded from DOBI’s website. The notice must be posted by August 3, 2014, include the specific content from DOBI’s website, and be printed on at least 8 ½” by 11″ paper with 12-point type or larger. Physicians may choose to print it on larger paper, in order to incorporate all the information on one sheet; in this case the text must also be at least 12-point type. MSNJ created a one page sample notice, for member use. Please feel free to download, print, and post this legal sized (8 ½” by 14″) poster in your office.
We also recommend that practice’s also have available, the plans that DOBI has excluded from the IHCAP appeal process. This information can be found on the DOBI website FAQ number 25 or downloaded here.