Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Comments Regarding the Division of Insurance’s Examination of Health Care Provider Network Information

MMS Comments Regarding the Division of Insurance’s Examination of Health Care Provider Network Information

On behalf of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), we appreciate the opportunity to offer comments to the Division of Insurance (DOI) regarding improving provider network information. 

The MMS supports the written testimony submitted by the MassCollaborative on Wednesday, June 27 and attached hereto. The Massachusetts Medical Society is a member of the MassCollaborative,  a voluntary coalition of payers, providers and associations  lead by the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA), the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and is focused on simplifying and improving healthcare administration by increasing transactional efficiency, eliminating waste, and promoting standardization across the industry.

MMS appreciates the importance of all patients having access to accurate network directories and the MMS understands the necessity and complexity of ensuring up-to-date provider directory information by providers and health plans. The MMS would like to underscore our commitment to work with our MassCollaborative partners and other stakeholders on a Provider Network Information Awareness Campaign. The Campaign will help educate the provider community on the importance of submitting timely, accurate practice demographic information to health plans. The education effort would promote the use of the MassCollaborative’s Standardize Provider Information Change Form – shared with the DOI on June 27th and also attached hereto.  The MMS plans to continue an awareness campaign through the process of identifying a streamlined long-term solution introduced either through the private efforts of the HealthCare Administrative Solutions project and/or through the legislative process, should legislation become enacted into law.

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