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    Chapter 17B: Establishment of department; "the department" defined

      Section: 52:17B-207: Construction of act.

12. a. The provisions of this act shall not be construed to:

(1) permit two or more physicians or dentists to jointly engage in a coordinated cessation, reduction or limitation of the health care or dental services which they provide;

(2) permit two or more physicians or dentists to meet or communicate in order to jointly negotiate a requirement that at least one of the physicians or dentists, as a condition of participation with a carrier, be allowed to participate in all of the products offered by the carrier;

(3) permit two or more physicians or dentists to jointly negotiate with a carrier to exclude, limit or otherwise restrict a non-physician or non-dentist health care provider from participating in the carrier's health benefits or dental plan based substantially on the fact that the health care provider is not a physician or dentist, unless that exclusion, limitation or restriction is otherwise permitted by law;

(4) prohibit or restrict activity by physicians or dentists that is sanctioned under federal or State law or subject such activity to the requirements of this act;

(5) affect governmental approval of, or otherwise restrict activity by, physicians or dentists that is not prohibited under federal antitrust law; or

(6) require approval of physician or dentist contract terms to the extent that the terms are exempt from State regulation under section 514(a) of the "Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974," Pub.L.93-406 (29 U.S.C. s.1144(a)).

b. Prior to entering into negotiations with a carrier on behalf of two or more independent physicians or dentists over a contractual term or condition, a joint negotiation representative shall notify the physicians or dentists in writing of the provisions of this act and advise them as to their potential for legal action against physicians or dentists who violate federal antitrust law.

L.2001,c.371,s.12; per s.15, act expires April 8, 2008.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:55.

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