N.J.S.A 17:48H-1 Definitions relative to organized delivery systems for health care services benefits.

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. Short title 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 hospital and medical expense insurance policy; health service corporation contract; hospital service corporation contract; medical service corporation contract; health maintenance organization subscriber contract; or other plan for medical care delivered or issued for delivery in this State. Health benefits plan shall not include one or more, or any combination of, the following: coverage only for accident, or disability income insurance, or any combination thereof; coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance; liability insurance, including general liability insurance and automobile liability insurance; stop loss or excess risk insurance; workers’ compensation or similar insurance; automobile medical payment insurance; credit-only insurance; coverage for on-site medical clinics; and other similar insurance coverage, as specified in federal regulations, under which benefits for medical care are secondary or incidental to other insurance benefitS.Health benefits plans shall not include the following benefits if they are provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance or are otherwise not an integral part of the plan: limited scope dental or vision benefits; benefits for long-term care, nursing home care, home health care, community-based care, or any combination thereof; and such other similar, limited benefits as are specified in Federal regulationS.Health benefits plan shall not include hospital confinement indemnity coverage if the benefits are provided under a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance, there is no coordination between the provision of the benefits and any exclusion of benefits under any group health benefits plan maintained by the same plan sponsor, and those benefits are paid with respect to an event without regard to whether benefits are provided with respect to such an event under any group health plan maintained by the same plan sponsor. Health benefits plan shall not include the following if it is offered as a separate policy, certificate or contract of insurance: Medicare supplemental health insurance as defined under section 1882(g)(1) of the Federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. S.1395ss(g)(1)); and coverage supplemental to the coverage provided under chapter 55 of Title 10, United States Code (10 U.S.C. S.1071 et seq.); and similar supplemental coverage provided to coverage under a group health plan.

“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 use disorder services, vision care services, mental health services, podiatric care services, chiropractic services, pharmaceutical services or rehabilitation serviceS.Limited health care services shall not include 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; amended 2017, C. 383, S.1.

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