2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 17 - CORPORATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS FOR FINANCE AND INSURANCE
Section 17:48H-1 - Definitions relative to organized delivery systems for health care services, benefits


NJ Rev Stat § 17:48H-1 (2013) What's This?

17:48H-1. Definitions relative to organized delivery systems for health care services, benefits
1.As used in this act:

"Affiliate" means a person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, the organized delivery system.

"Capitation" means a fixed per member, per month, payment or percentage of premium payment for which the provider assumes the risk for the cost of contracted services without regard to the type, value or frequency of the services provided.

"Carrier" means an insurer authorized to transact the business of health insurance as defined at N.J.S.17B:17-4, a hospital service corporation authorized to transact business in accordance with P.L.1938, c.366 (C.17:48-1 et seq.), a medical service corporation authorized to transact business in accordance with P.L.1940, c.74 (C.17:48A-1 et seq.), a health service corporation authorized to transact business in accordance with P.L.1985, c.236 (C.17:48E-1 et seq.) or a health maintenance organization authorized to transact business pursuant to P.L.1973, c.337 (C.26:2J-1 et seq.).

"Certified organized delivery system" means an organized delivery system that is compensated on a basis which does not entail the assumption of financial risk by the organized delivery system and that is certified in accordance with this act.

"Comprehensive health care services" means the basic benefits provided under a health benefits plan, including medical and surgical services provided by licensed health care providers who may include, but are not limited to, family physicians, internists, cardiologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, dermatologists, orthopedists, obstetricians, gynecologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, radiologists, nephrologists, emergency services physicians, ophthalmologists, pediatricians, pathologists, general surgeons, osteopathic physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors. Basic benefits may also include inpatient or outpatient services rendered at a licensed hospital, covered services performed at an ambulatory surgical facility and ambulance services.

"Financial risk" means exposure to financial loss that is attributable to the liability of an organized delivery system for the payment of claims or other losses arising from covered benefits for treatment or services other than those performed directly by the person or organized delivery system liable for payment, including a loss sharing arrangement. A payment method wherein a provider accepts reimbursement in the form of a capitation payment for which it undertakes to provide health care services on a prepayment basis shall not be considered financial risk.

"Health benefits plan" means a benefits plan which pays or provides hospital and medical expense benefits for covered services, and is delivered or issued for delivery in this State by or through a carrier. Health benefits plan includes, but is not limited to, Medicare supplement coverage and risk contracts to the extent not otherwise prohibited by federal law. For the purposes of this act, health benefits plan shall not include the following plans, policies or contracts: accident only, credit, disability, long-term care, CHAMPUS supplement coverage, coverage arising out of a workers' compensation or similar law, automobile medical payment insurance, personal injury protection insurance issued pursuant to P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-1 et seq.) or hospital confinement indemnity coverage.

"Licensed organized delivery system" means an organized delivery system that is compensated on a basis which entails the assumption of financial risk by the organized delivery system and that is licensed in accordance with this act.

"Limited health care services" means a health service or benefit which a carrier has elected to subcontract for as a separate service, which may include, but shall not be limited to, substance abuse services, vision care services, mental health services, podiatric care services, chiropractic services or rehabilitation services. Limited health care services shall not include pharmaceutical services, case management services or employee assistance plan services.

"Organized delivery system" or "system" means an organization with defined governance that:

a. is organized for the purpose of and has the capability of contracting with a carrier to provide, or arrange to provide, under its own management substantially all or a substantial portion of the comprehensive health care services or benefits under the carrier's benefits plan on behalf of the carrier, which may or may not include the payment of hospital and ancillary benefits; or

b. is organized for the purpose of acting on behalf of a carrier to provide, or arrange to provide, limited health care services that the carrier elects to subcontract for as a separate category of benefits and services apart from its delivery of benefits under its comprehensive benefits plan, which limited services are provided on a separate contractual basis and under different terms and conditions than those governing the delivery of benefits and services under the carrier's comprehensive benefits plan.

An organized delivery system shall not include an entity otherwise authorized or licensed in this State to provide comprehensive or limited health care services on a prepayment or other basis in connection with a health benefits plan or a carrier.

"Provider" means a physician, health care professional, health care facility, or any other person who is licensed or otherwise authorized to provide health care services or other benefits in the state or jurisdiction in which they are furnished.

L.1999,c.409,s.1.



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