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Section 550.1502a

THE NONPROFIT HEALTH CARE CORPORATION REFORM ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 350 of 1980


550.1502a Prudent purchaser agreements; group contracts; options; group contracts under which financial or other advantage realized; additional option; applicability of subsection (5); individual contracts; rates; contracts subject to MCL 550.1504 to 550.1518; discrimination against class of health care providers; provisions inapplicable to certain contracts or renewals; optometric and chiropractic services; status of license or registration.

Sec. 502a.

(1) For the purpose of doing business as an organization under the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63, a health care corporation may enter into prudent purchaser agreements with health care providers pursuant to this section and the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63.

(2) A health care corporation may offer group contracts under which subscribers shall be required, as a condition of coverage, to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(3) An individual who is a member of a group who is offered the option of being a subscriber under a contract pursuant to subsection (2) shall also be offered the option of being a subscriber under a contract pursuant to subsection (4). This subsection applies only if the group in which the individual is a member has 25 or more members or if the provider panel that is providing the services under the contract is limited by the organization to a specific number pursuant to section 3(1) of the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.53.

(4) A health care corporation may offer group contracts under which subscribers who elect to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements shall realize a financial advantage or other advantage by selecting such providers. Contracts offered pursuant to this subsection shall not, as a condition of coverage, require subscribers to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(5) An individual who is a member of a group who is offered the option of being a subscriber under a contract pursuant to subsection (2) or (4) shall also be offered the option of being a subscriber under a contract that:

(a) Does not, as a condition of coverage, require subscribers to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Does not give a financial advantage or other advantage to a subscriber who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(6) Subsection (5) applies only if the group in which the individual is a member has 25 or more members and if the group on December 20, 1984 had health care coverage through the group sponsor.

(7) A health care corporation may offer individual contracts under which subscribers shall be required, as a condition of coverage, to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom such a contract is offered shall also be offered a contract that:

(a) Does not, as a condition of coverage, require subscribers to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Does not give a financial advantage or other advantage to a subscriber who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(8) A health care corporation may offer individual contracts under which subscribers who elect to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements shall realize a financial advantage or other advantage by selecting such providers. Contracts offered pursuant to this subsection shall not, as a condition of coverage, require subscribers to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom such a contract is offered shall also be offered a contract that:

(a) Does not, as a condition of coverage, require subscribers to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Does not give a financial advantage or other advantage to a subscriber who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(9) The rates charged by a corporation for coverage under contracts issued under this section shall not be unreasonably lower than what is necessary to meet the expenses of the corporation for providing this coverage and shall not have an anticompetitive effect or result in predatory pricing in relation to prudent purchaser agreement coverages offered by other organizations.

(10) Contracts entered into under this section are not subject to the provisions of sections 504 to 518.

(11) A corporation shall not discriminate against a class of health care providers when entering into prudent purchaser agreements with health care providers for its provider panel. This subsection does not:

(a) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel consisting of a single class of providers when a service provided for in the specifications of a purchaser may be legally provided only by a single class of providers.

(b) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel that conforms to the specifications of a purchaser of the coverage authorized by this section so long as the specifications do not exclude any class of health care providers who may legally perform the services included in the coverage.

(c) Require an organization that has uniformly applied the standards filed pursuant to section 3(3) of the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.53, to contract with any individual provider.

(12) Nothing in the 1984 amendatory act that added this section applies to any contract that was in existence before December 20, 1984, or the renewal of such contract.

(13) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of optometry, a health care corporation is not required to provide benefits or reimburse for a practice of optometric service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of optometry under section 17401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17401, as of May 20, 1992.

(14) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, a health care corporation offering coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement is not required to reimburse for services otherwise covered if the services were performed by a member of a health care profession, which health care profession was not licensed or registered by this state on or before January 1, 1998 but that becomes a health care profession licensed or registered by this state after January 1, 1998. This subsection does not change the status of a health care profession that was licensed or registered by this state on or before January 1, 1998.

(15) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act including subsections (1) to (14), if a certificate provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic, a health care corporation is not required to provide benefits or reimburse for a practice of chiropractic service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of chiropractic under section 16401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16401, as of January 1, 2009.


History: Add. 1984, Act 230, Eff. Dec. 20, 1984 ;-- Am. 1988, Act 283, Imd. Eff. July 27, 1988 ;-- Am. 1994, Act 440, Eff. Mar 30, 1995 ;-- Am. 1998, Act 446, Imd. Eff. Dec. 30, 1998 ;-- Am. 2009, Act 225, Imd. Eff. Jan. 5, 2010
Compiler's Notes: Neither Senate Bill No. 493 nor House Bill No. 4494 was enacted into law by the 87th Legislature.
Popular Name: Blue Cross-Blue Shield
Popular Name: Act 350


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