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§ 764a. Preferred provider organizations

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 40 P.S. Insurance

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 40 P.S. Insurance (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 2. Insurance Companies (Refs & Annos)
Article VI. Casualty Insurance (Refs & Annos)
(b) Health and Accident Insurance (Refs & Annos)
40 P.S. § 764a
§ 764a. Preferred provider organizations
Upon compliance with the provisions of this act and notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the General Assembly hereby affirms the right of any health care insurer, fraternal benefit society or purchaser to:
(a) Enter into agreements with providers or physicians relating to health care services which may be rendered to persons for whom the insurer or purchaser is providing health care coverage, including agreements relating to the amounts to be charged by the provider or physician for services rendered.
(b) Issue or administer policies or subscriber contracts in this Commonwealth which include incentives for the covered person to use the services of a provider who has entered into an agreement with the insurer or purchaser.
(c) Issue or administer policies or subscriber contracts in this Commonwealth that provide for reimbursement for services only if the services have been rendered by a provider or physician who has entered into an agreement with the insurer or purchaser.
(d) The Insurance Commissioner shall determine that:
(1) A preferred provider organization which assumes financial risk is licensed as an insurer or fraternal benefit society in this Commonwealth, has adequate working capital and reserves, or is governed and regulated under the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, referred to as ERISA (Public Law 93-406, 88 Stat. 829), and has filed a certificate to that effect with the Insurance Commissioner.
(2) Enrollee literature adequately discloses provisions, limitations and conditions of benefits available or that the preferred provider organization is governed and regulated under the provisions of ERISA and has filed a certificate to that effect with the Insurance Commissioner.
(e) The Insurance Commissioner, in consultation with the Secretary of Health, shall determine that arrangements and provisions for preferred provider organizations which assume financial risk which may lead to undertreatment or poor quality care are adequately addressed by quality and utilization controls and by a formal grievance system, unless the Insurance Commissioner makes a prior determination that the preferred provider organization is governed by and regulated under the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and has filed a certificate to that effect with the Insurance Commissioner.
(f) No preferred provider organization which assumes financial risk may commence operations until it has reported to the Insurance Commissioner and the Secretary of Health such information as the Insurance Commissioner and the Secretary of Health require in accordance with the duties required in this section. If, after sixty days, either the Insurance Commissioner or the Secretary of Health has not informed the preferred provider organization of deficiencies, the preferred provider organization may commence operations unless and until such time as the Insurance Commissioner or the Secretary of Health has identified significant deficiencies and such deficiencies have not subsequently been corrected within sixty days of notification.
(g) Any disapproval or order to cease operations issued in accordance with this section shall be subject to appeal in accordance with Title 2 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (relating to administrative law and procedure).
(h) Fraternal benefit societies operating under subsections (a), (b) and (c) shall be subject to sections 616 through 632.1

Credits

1921, May 17, P.L. 682, No. 284, § 630, added 1986, June 11, P.L. 226, No. 64, § 12, imd. effective. Amended 1994, May 27, P.L. 246, No. 34, § 1, effective in 60 days.

Footnotes

40 P.S. §§ 751 (repealed), 752 to 753, 753.1 to 753.4 (transferred); see 40 P.S. §§ 771 to 774. 40 P.S. §§ 754 to 756, 756.1 (repealed); see 40 P.S. § 756.2 et seq. 40 P.S. §§ 756.2 to 761, 762 (repealed), 763 to 764c.
40 P.S. § 764a, PA ST 40 P.S. § 764a
Current through 2022 Regular Session Act 121. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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