Continuity of treatment upon termination of provider from plan
A health maintenance organization shall establish reasonable procedures for assuring a transition of enrollees to physicians or health care providers and for continuity of treatment, including providing immediate notice to the enrollee and making available to the enrollee a current listing of preferred providers, in the event a provider’s participation in the plan is terminated for any reason. The plan shall include provisions for the continuation of care to enrollees for a period up to 90 days by a provider who is terminated from a network in those cases where the continuation of such care is medically necessary and in accordance with the dictates of medical prudence and where the enrollee has special circumstances such as a disability, a life threatening illness or is in the third trimester of pregnancy. The provisions for the continuation of care shall include guarantees that the enrollee will not be liable to the provider for any amounts owed for medical care other than any deductibles or copayment amounts specified in the certificate of coverage or other contract between the enrollee and the health maintenance organization. In the event the terminated provider is authorized to continue treating the enrollee pursuant to this subsection, the health maintenance organization shall have an obligation to pay the terminated provider at the previously contracted rate for services provided to the enrollee.