Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 24-A MRSA §4301-A, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 742, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 24-A MRSA §4304, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Rules. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 4309, any rules adopted by the Bureau of Insurance to conform as necessary to this Act are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.’
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that appeals of a health insurance carrier's adverse health care treatment decision be conducted by a licensed health care practitioner who is board certified in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review and whose compensation does not directly or indirectly depend upon the quantity, type or cost of the medical condition, procedure or treatment the practitioner approves or denies on behalf of a carrier. The bill would have required that all medical reviews be conducted by a clinical peer who was board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty.
The amendment also provides that any rules adopted by the Bureau of Insurance to conform to changes made in the bill are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.