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Monday, November 10, 2008

HINCHEY PUSHES FOR HEALTH PLAN TRANSPARENCY

In testimony before the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee, TMA Immediate Past President Bill Hinchey, MD, said health plans’ own actions and business tactics are forcing patients to incur greater out-of-pocket costs. Dr. Hinchey urged the committee to hold the plans more accountable for the accuracy of the information they report about their physician networks and to require more transparency in how they calculate “usual and customary charges” for out-of-network services. Health insurance reform – especially business practices that are easier to understand for physicians, patients, and employers – will be a centerpiece of our 2009 agenda at the Texas Legislature.

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