Through a grass roots effort, we advocate for physician-owned healthcare centers to ensure the integrity of the healthcare industry. We are uniting with physicians and healthcare facilities in order to protect the viability of the free market healthcare industry against, what many feel, are unethical actions taken by the insurance companies.
Patient Choice Coalition of Texas members is comprised of over 45 Ambulatory Surgery Centers, 12 Hospitals, 110 free-standing Emergency facilities, Infusion Centers and Diagnostic Laboratories. Over 3,000 Physicians and Surgeons are represented by PCCOT as well as numerous other Healthcare specialty facilities. Our members are located in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, as well as many other towns and cities in Texas. Contact Dan Chepkauskas at (832) 877-0800 if you would like a membership application and more information.
The Mission of PCCOT is to proactively advocate, educate and lobby for patients’ concerns over their healthcare choices and access of physician owned healthcare facilities and defend the free market healthcare system. Our goal is to identify, implement or change existing legislation to promote the integrity of the healthcare industry, individual physicians and patients.
PCCOT designed and passed into law HB 574 as an answer to the onerous and intimidating patient notification forms. These forms forced providers and patients to review and sign forms which were designed to scare individuals away from utilizing their out of network benefits. Additionally, HB 574 also stops the practice of “de-listing” which is when a physician is terminated from their contract for referring a patient to an out of network provider.
Under HB 574, no longer can a physician be terminated from their contract for making a referral to the provider of the patients choice as is afforded to them under their PPO policies.
In addition to the de-listing prohibition, below is a brief description of another portion of the bill, known as the “BULLY BILL” which was contained in another PCCOT bill (HB 3565) and added to HB 574.
“A health maintenance organization may not, as a condition of payment with a physician, dentist, or provider, or in any other manner, require a physician, dentist or provider to provide a notification form stating that the physician, dentist, or provider is an out of network provider to a current, prospective, or former patient, or a person designated by the patient, if the form contains additional information that is intended, or is otherwise required to be presented in a manner that is intended, to intimate the patient.”
These tactics not only diminish the value of PPO policies, but also undermine the entire out of network competitive model. Without the ability for patients to seek treatment from the provider of their choice, as well as physicians being able to make these referrals, the entire out of network model would collapse.
This legislation was signed into law June 1, 2015. PCCOT will continue to introduce legislation intended to return and bolster a free market solution to health care in Texas.