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ACCESS to CARE COALITION UPDATE

  • 6 December 2016
  • Author: Lauren Myers
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ACCESS TO CARE COALITION AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE  VOICE OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED OUT-OF-NETWORK BILL A-1952/S-1285 AND OFFER SUPPORT OF BILL A-4228


Members of the Access to Care Coalition and the Legislature held a news conference today at the State House in Trenton on December 5, 2016 to voice opposition to the Out-of-Network Bill A-1952/S-1285 and support for Bill A-4228/S2674.The group unanimously supports bill A-4228, which requires increased notice by physicians, hospitals and insurance companies to consumers about healthcare costs.    


“We want to make sure there is more transparency from health insurers, so that consumers are not hit with surprise bills for out-of-network services,” said Larry Downs, CEO, Medical Society of New Jersey. “That’s why we support Bill -4228 and oppose Bill A-1952/S-1285.”   

The Access to Care Coalition, comprised of twenty groups representing more than 10,000 physicians and other providers, came together to address inconsistencies within New Jersey consumers’ health plan coverage; to call for more transparency from health insurers and to address the issue of surprise bills that can accompany out-of-network healthcare services.   

“Many patients think if they have an 80/20 health insurance, the insurance company will pay 80 percent of the bill, but that is not always the case,” said Dr. Rajnik W Raab, a neurosurgeon.  “What often happens is that insurance companies will pay only eighty percent of the Medicare reimbursement rate, leaving patients responsible for paying much more than they expected.”

Several other physicians spoke of the difficulties they and their patients face on a regular basis in terms of out-of-network, surprise bills, including Dr. Joseph Costabile (surgery), Dr. Nicole Saphier (radiology), Dr. Mark Rosenberg (emergency), and Dr. David Dupree (surgery).  

NJ-ACEP ACTION ALERT:

  • 2 December 2016
  • Author: Lauren Myers
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Stop the NJ Legislature from Imposing Fee Schedules for Out- of-Network Emergency Services Provided at In-Network Facilities

The New Jersey state legislature is, once again, considering legislation to address “surprise billing” of patients who received out of network services at in network facilities.  NJ-ACEP continues to actively oppose the out of network reform legislation that would significantly impact emergency physicians by imposing mandatory arbitration and unreasonably low fee schedules for emergency services provided by out of network physicians at in network facilities.  NJ-ACEP is part of a coalition of providers that favors disclosure and transparency from hospitals, physicians and payers to help eliminate the “surprise” of an out of  network bill. But the coalition strongly opposes the efforts of the sponsors and the insurance industry to impose fee schedules on out of network physicians, eliminating the ability to negotiate out of network charges or even in network contracts with insurers.  Furthermore, the proposed fee schedule sets the rate paid at 100-250% of the Medicare reimbursement rate.

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Message from the President

  • 26 July 2016
  • Author: Lauren Myers
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It is my honor to serve as this year’s President of NJ-ACEP.   I want to thank Mark Rosenberg for an outstanding year and congratulate him on his election to the National ACEP Board of Directors.  I have a tough act to follow. Please allow me to introduce myself to those who may not know me.

Aside from medical school (Chicago) and residency (Philadelphia), I have spent most of my life in New Jersey.  I completed my residency training at Jefferson in 1995 and spent the next 6 years practicing in Philadelphia.   During the early years of my career I had the opportunity to moonlight at many of New Jersey’s Emergency Departments from single coverage 24 hour shifts in Sussex County to Atlantic City’s city hospital and everything in between. This allowed be to experience multiple clinical settings and group structures.  I moved from my fulltime position in Philadelphia to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in 2001.

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  • 15 May 2016
  • Author: Lauren Myers
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NBC News Covers Pain Management Alternatives

  • 2 May 2016
  • Author: Lauren Myers
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