Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary in the Commonwealth, any licensed health insurance company under chapter 176O who is providing health coverage that includes coverage for behavioral health services including those that utilize a behavioral health management firm, third party administrator or contract for payment and utilization services to any other entity for a fee, including behavioral health management firms and third party administrators under contract to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of its employees and retirees or to a Medicaid managed care organization or the Medicaid primary care clinician plans shall be subject to this law. All data required under this law shall be reported to the Health Policy Commission, Office of Patient Protection who shall have the authority to develop the uniform management, reporting and publication of data required by this statue.
Data disclosing any denial of service for behavioral health services shall be reported and said data shall contain diagnoses and reason for denial but no other identifying patient data, provided further; that all denials for medications shall be reported.
Data disclosing the size of said behavioral health management or third party administrators individual and group outpatient provider networks by license, inpatient networks, clinic network said data shall include the numbers of providers, the average length of their affiliation with said entity, the number of patients seen per reporting period, the date of last payment to said providers; provider further, for each CPT code paid by said entity a rate schedule shall be filed by said entity by CPT code annually.
For all licensed insurers operating in the Commonwealth under said Chapter data disclosing individual and group outpatient provider networks by license, inpatient networks, clinic network said data shall include the numbers of providers, the average length of their affiliation with said entity, the number of patient seen per reporting period, the last date of payment to said providers; provider further; for each CPT code paid by said entity a rate schedule shall be filed by said entity by CPT code annually.
If said entities use geographic sampling or any other such mechanism to determine a provider payment including but not limited to fee for service payments said geographic data shall be disclosed by said entities.
The office of patient protection shall establish a reporting system by which an insured who has exhausted more than three unsuccessful attempts to schedule an appointment with a provider in the said entities network to report said attempts and the entities involved. Said data shall be publicly available.
Any insurance company authorized to conduct business in the Commonwealth who currently engages or contracts with a third party to administer and control payments of its behavioral or mental health coverage, shall make public the terms of any contracts currently in force, specifically showing the term of payment, term of bonuses, terms of incentives and disincentives of compensation for each third party administrator contract and entity.
Said reports shall be filed quarterly the first report is to be made within 90 days from the effective date of this law. The aforesaid reports shall not contain any identifying information on the insureds or providers.
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