Finally Action on Prompt Pay

Today, Governor Nixon signed Executive Order #09-24 calling for the Department of Insurance to report on the sufficiency of Missouri’s “prompt pay” statutes.  Senator Jim Lembke collaborated with Signature Medical Group under a Republican executive administration as a State Representative.  In February, 2009 he proposed a more stringent version alerting   the opposition and securing more support from the entire healthcare community. The Freshman Senator from St. Louis successfully carried the bill out of the Senate Health Committee with a unanimous vote. Click on the link to understand better the current statute.

The proposed legislation helped expose reimbursement issues to the Missouri General Assembly and now these same issues have significant relevance to the national healthcare debate.

Whereas this is a step in the right direction, it is important to note that small groups of providers, like surgery centers are equally impacted.  Now is the time for Surgery Centers to be recognized for the value they bring to the healthcare system.   “Invite and Write” are the two activities critical for surviving this battle in a contentious financial war.   Invite your State Representative to your facility and write Governor Nixon’s office  TODAY thanking him for understanding our issues and taking unprecedented action as a active supporter of Missouri ASCs.

Governor Nixon has shown sincere interest in being an advocate for physicians in the healthcare reform debate.  The executive order is strong direction and pushes the ball to the opposite side of the 50 yard and we need OFFENSE.  The Department of Insurance doesn’t have the patient and professional staff perspective detailing the effect delayed payments from health insurance companies. Ultimately it limits access care, urban and rural communities the same.  Identical to a student missing a full day of school unnecessarily, healthcare boils down to patients making the most of the time they spend with doctors in and environment safe, convenient, and affordable.

This communication is missing in Jefferson City.  It is an important piece to solving the puzzle that is healthcare reform. When surgery centers and individual providers can focus on their patients first, then citizens can expect increases in access and continuity of care to basic health services.