An Act Relative To Communications Between Health Insurers And Patients

Text of legislation filed by MMS for the 2015-16 session of the Massachusetts Legislature:


Section 10 CHAPTER 176O, as most recently amended by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

(d) No carrier or its representatives may initiate communications with its insured members or their families regarding end of life treatment options or emergency code status responses for a patient without that patient’s treating physician’s knowledge or presence. 

(e) No accountable care organization or any other entity that contracts to provide health care services to patients on a contractual basis which requires Division of Insurance certification may initiate communications with its patients or their families regarding end of life treatment options or emergency code status responses for a patient without that patient’s treating physician’s knowledge or presence. 

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