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Bill Would Change Negotiation Rules For Physicians

MANAGED CARE September 1998. © MediMedia USA
Washington Initiatives

Bill Would Change Negotiation Rules For Physicians

MANAGED CARE September 1998. ©1998 Stezzi Communications
Washington Initiatives

It's called the Quality Health Care Coalition Act — and it's one of the most potentially explosive pieces of health care legislation to be introduced this session. But don't let the name fool you. This bill has to do with collective bargaining, not quality.

Introduced by Republican Rep. Tom Campbell of California, the bill would allow health care professionals, including physicians in private practice, to band together to negotiate contract terms with HMOs and insurers in the same way unions can bargain with corporations. The bill is modeled on the 60-year-old National Labor Relations Act.

Chances of passage: Unclear. Hearings have commenced, but this bill will take a back seat to patient rights, in the view of most observers. The AMA has yet to weigh in on this legislation.

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Pharmaceutical Pricing and Contracting Conference Philadelphia, PA September 22–23, 2014
Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
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Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014