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TCEP Advocating for Patients Against BCBS

Friday, May 4, 2018  
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May 4, 2018

Contact: Marco Mancillas
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TCEP Advocating for Patients Against BCBS

Austin, Texas – The Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP) is speaking out for its patients against a new policy by Blue Cross Blue Shield set to be enforced with its Texas policyholders on June 4. TCEP member, Nicholas Steinour, MD, FACEP, spoke out in an interview with Austin television station, KXAN on Wednesday,

“As a patient advocates, it’s our duty to speak out and stand up for the patients, especially the ones that are weak and vulnerable.”

The memo sent to policyholders states that fully insured and HMO members will risk a denied claim and therefore be required to pay 100% if the insurance giant decides the condition was not serious or life threatening.

“There are many conditions where seconds, minutes, certainly hours, make a huge difference as far as outcomes go”, added Steinour. “The last thing we want you doing is stalling, calling an insurance company to ask is this OK. That to me is completely inappropriate and really irresponsible.”

Currently, the policy has been rolled out in six states with the potential for full execution nationwide, if not stopped. TCEP is actively taking a stance, the TCEP Government Relations Committee has been actively brainstorming and developing a plan of action. The goal is to put TCEP in the foreground in protest with the narrative that this will not be enforced without a fight.

Below is the KXAN interview with Nicholas Steinour, MD, FACEP

The Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP) exist to promote quality emergency care for all its patients and to represent the professional interests of its members. TCEP is located at 2525 Wallingwood Dr., Austin, Texas.


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