Establishment of policy governing removal of health care providers
A carrier which offers a managed care plan shall establish a policy governing removal of health care providers from the provider network which includes the following:
a. The carrier shall inform a participating health care provider of the carrier’s removal policy at the time the carrier contracts with the health care provider to participate in the provider network, and at each renewal thereof.
Termination; Termination-Due Process
b. If a licensed health care professional’s participation will be terminated prior to the date of the termination of the contract, the carrier shall provide the health care professional with 90 days’ written notice of the termination and notice of a right to a hearing. If requested by the health care professional, the carrier shall provide the reasons for the termination in writing, and shall hold a hearing within 30 days of the date of the request. The hearing shall be conducted by a panel appointed by the carrier, which panel shall be comprised of a minimum of three persons, at least one of whom is a clinical peer in the same discipline and the same or similar specialty as the health care professional being reviewed. The panel shall make a decision that: (1) the health care professional shall be terminated, or (2) the health care professional shall be reinstated or provisionally reinstated, subject to conditions set forth by the panel. The panel’s determination shall be in writing and shall be made in a timely manner. Participation in this process shall not be deemed to be an abrogation of the health care professional’s legal rights.
The notice required and opportunity for a hearing pursuant to this subsection shall not apply in those cases when the contract expires and is not renewed, the termination is for breach of contract, in the opinion of the medical director, the health care professional represents an imminent danger to an individual patient or the public health, safety or welfare, or there is a determination of fraud.
c. If the carrier finds that a health care professional represents an imminent danger to an individual patient or to the public health, safety or welfare, the medical director shall promptly notify the appropriate professional State licensing board. Notification to the State Board of Medical Examiners shall be subject to the provisions of section 5 of P.L.1989, c.300 (C.45:9-19.5).