Rumors always abound on what action the State of New York would take to
preserve the benefits available under PIP (No Fault), where other states
have higher reimbursement rates that this state. The Department of Financial
services has now answered this. Please note that this proposal is, in
part, a reaction to complaints made years ago regarding the reimbursement
being sought by New Jersey providers treating New York patients. The full
extent of the impact of this Proposal is currently being reviewed by the
Firm’s professional coder and it is expected that specifics on the
what we believe to be “usual” procedures performed will be
forthcoming by mid-December 2016.
attached Proposal, reimbursement shall be made to out-of-state health care professionals
and facilities at the highest region rate for
New York State No Fault payable in New York for any New York State resident treating out of state
for non-emergent care.
The State has carved out the following exceptions:
- Emergency treatment, which will be deemed emergent for 120 hours post-accident
to an out-of-state resident.
- Non-emergent care, if the New York State resident is residing in said state
for a minimum of fourteen days for reasons other than receiving the treatment
in question. This is to cover Snow Birds or persons on extended absence
from New York who require treatment.
- With a maximum fee of the amount that the out of state provider would be
legally permissible to charge in the state in question.
The Department expects comments, but please note that it has been our past
experience that unless a Trade Association or Lobbying Group is making
the case, it will not have an impact. The Firm has already raised MUA
not being accepted by most, if not all, Article 28 Facilities in the downstate
region. Regretfully, if the Chiropractic Association does not raise this
issue, this track of inquiry will not go anywhere. It is clearly an unknown
of whether a lobbyist not associated with an association should be employed
by You. It is not expected that the Medical Society, The Article 28 Association,
or hospital shall object to this change.
It does not appear to be a Proposal affecting past billing and it is suspected
that this will have a starting date for either the service rendered or
the billing of same if and when implemented.
This is merely a summary of what is believed to be the intentions and
impact of the Proposal. Each client is advised to read the attached in
detail and seek counsel on the issues raised herein.
Of course, The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP is available to discuss
specifics with any client of the Firm. Please contact either Russell Friedman
or Bruce Klein for further information.
Bad tidings are difficult to advise clients of, but The Firm believes
that by providing the information, each client can plan to act accordingly
if and when the change occurs.
Please follow the link above to read more information on the proposal.