On July 30, 2010, New York State passed into law updates to the definition of and requirements for midwives and midwifery. (See §6951 at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi.) The law changes the requirement that midwives must enter into formal written agreements with obstetricians, gynecologists or health care facilities, including hospitals; instead they are now required to have a collaborative relationship with these entities.
As of November 1, 2010, EmblemHealth requires midwives to have a collaborative relationship with a participating physician that practices obstetrics and gynecology. Midwives must document this collaborative relationship and must make this information available to their patients. Failure to comply with this directive may result in professional misconduct charges as set forth in the law. Participating midwives, or those applying for participation with EmblemHealth, must furnish proof of their collaborative relationship with a participating obstetrics and gynecology physician.
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An itemized statement of health care services and their costs provided by a hospital, physician's office or other health care facility. Claims are submitted to the insurer or managed care plan by either the plan member or the provider for payment of the costs incurred.
An institution which provides inpatient services under the supervision of a physician, and meets the following requirements:
- Provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for medical diagnosis, treatment and care of injured and sick persons and has, as a minimum, laboratory and radiology services and organized departments of medicine and surgery
- Has an organized medical staff which may include, in addition to doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy and dentistry
- Has bylaws, rules and regulations pertaining to standards of medical care and service rendered by its medical staff
- Maintains medical records for all patients
- Has a requirement that every patient be under the care of a member of the medical staff
- Provides 24-hour patient services
- Has in effect agreements with a home health agency for referral and transfer of patients to home health agency care when such service is appropriate to meet the patient's requirements
An organization comprised of individual physicians or physicians in group practices that contracts with the managed care organization on behalf of its member physicians to provide health care services. Also called an Independent Practice Association.
Acronym for Medicare Advantage. An alternative to the traditional Medicare program in which private plans run by health insurance companies provide health care benefits that eligible beneficiaries would otherwise receive directly from the Medicare program.