MAC ICD-10 Seminar, March 13, 2014!

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Blue Cross Fee Schedule
Effective July 1, 2014

 

Medicare Pricing Update!

 

Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP)
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Transparency in Coverage Act
(House Bills 4875, 4876, and 4877)

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Fall 2014 Convention:
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Oct. 3-5, 2014, Kalamazoo, MI
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May 28, 2014

Major Victory in MAC Lawsuits Against Blue Cross and Blue Care Network!

Michigan Supreme Court Denies Appeals, Will Not Hear Case Regarding Class Action Status!

                                                      

Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court issued two orders that represent major victories in our lawsuits against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN). The Court denied BCBSM and BCN's appeal of the Michigan Court of Appeals decision allowing our lawsuits to move forward as class action lawsuits and that damages could be awarded. The cases now return to the trial court for adjudication.

                               

MAC President Dr. Dennis Whitford was elated by the news: "This is a critical win. The MAC will continue to fight discriminatory, anti-chiropractic insurance practices, while standing up for doctors of chiropractic and our patients across Michigan. This is truly a momentous step on the road to eventual victory."

 

Background

For years, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have engaged in conduct that the MAC believes has been discriminatory toward doctors of chiropractic and our patients. Following many attempted negotiations and the pursuit of required administrative remedies, in 2010 the MAC Board directed our attorneys to file the legal actions for damages, and declaratory and injunctive relief, against both BCBSM and BCN.

 

In March 2011, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield heard arguments on the MAC's petition for class certification. In an historic ruling, Judge Manderfield found that the MAC satisfied all the requirements for class action in both lawsuits, allowing the cases to move forward. Blue Cross and Blue Care Network appealed.

 

In February 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA) heard the appeals, eventually ruling in our favor and upholding Judge Manderfield's earlier decision. BCBSM and BCN appealed again, this time to the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear the cases in orders dated May 21, 2014.

 

What's Next?

Now that the Michigan Supreme Court has declined the appeals, the cases return to Ingham County Circuit Court, where the focus will shift to the actual merits of the cases themselves, rather than the procedural matter of class certification. As the cases move forward, we continue to negotiate with the parties in an effort to settle these lawsuits. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

A little effort from you TODAY can make a huge difference! Thank you for your participation in this important effort! 


MAC Journal

 

Attention: PPACA Requirement Affects Most Chiropractic Offices

Written Notice to Employees Required by October 1!

Most likely, you are affected by a section of the Affordable Care Act that requires a notice to employees of coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that employers must distribute a written notice about the existence of the Marketplace to all existing employees and all new hires by October 1, 2013. For newly hired employees, the employer will have 14 days from the employee’s start date to provide this notice. For more information, see the article “National Health Reform – Notice of Exchanges” on page 10 of the July/August edition of the MAC Journal. which can be accessed online at http://www.chiromi.com/Journal/2013/July-August-2013_Journal-web.pdf.

Sample Notice for employers who DO provide insurance coverage:

http://www.chiromi.com/MembersOnly/Forms/Notice%20of%20Exchange%20(with%20Coverage).pdf

Sample Notice for for employers who DO NOT provide insurance coverage:

http://www.chiromi.com/MembersOnly/Forms/Notice%20of%20Exchange%20(without%20Coverage).pdf

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