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ACP–ASIM protests the use of all-products clauses

From the April 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

The College voiced its strong opposition to several insurers’ all-products clauses in a Jan. 26 letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

The College took issue with clauses that force physicians to become a participating provider for all of an insurance company’s products because they participate in any of its products. The College believes that forcing physicians to participate in health plans will ultimately hurt patient care by restricting physicians’ ability to close their practices to certain managed care products. The practice also interferes with physicians’ ability to manage patient volume in their practices.

A copy of the letter is available online at www.acponline.org/hpp/insurance_products.htm.

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College lobbies for refundable tax credits for health insurance

From the April 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

ACP–ASIM is lobbying President Bush and Congress to include refundable tax credits for health insurance in the 2002 budget as a way to help uninsured working Americans.

In a Feb. 13 letter to President Bush, members of his administration and Congress, the College urged lawmakers to target tax credits to lower-to-moderate-income families that lack access to employer-sponsored health insurance, while providing a credit substantial enough to influence the target group’s purchasing ability. ACP–ASIM has also suggested refundable tax credits with an advance payment option to provide Americans, including those with no federal income tax liability, access to the credits when insurance premiums are due.

The full text of the letter is online at www.acponline.org/college/pressroom/bush_letter.htm.

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ACP–ASIM concerned about MBHO-physician communication

From the April 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

In a Jan. 26 letter to the five largest managed behavioral health organizations (MBHOs), ACP–ASIM expressed its concerns about MBHOs’ responsibility to share pertinent patient information with primary care physicians.

College officials say that primary care physicians often have difficulty accessing mental health information because MBHOs, not health plans, control it. The College is also concerned that MBHOs might be interfering with the physician-patient relationship by not informing primary care physicians of their patients’ mental health problems and medications.

A copy of the letter is available online at www.acponline.org/hpp/mbho.htm.

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