NEW YORK-Twelve health insurers and HMOs were fined a total of $72,200 for flouting the state's prompt pay law, Insurance Superintendent Neil Levin announced earlier this month. It's the first time the state has acted against insurers for failure to pay undisputed claims and bills within 45 days, as the law requires. Oxford Health Plans, Norwalk, Conn., was slapped with the largest fine-$40,900-followed by Blue Bell, Pa.-based Aetna U.S. Healthcare, at $8,700. The fines represent $100 per violation during the six-month period from April 1 to Sept. 30, 1998. Levin said the companies have acknowledged the violations and agreed to corrective actions.
WOONSOCKET, R.I.-Landmark Medical Center wants approval from the state to build a $12.8 million addition to expand its cancer treatment facilities and provide more surgery rooms. The hospital has filed a certificate-of-need proposal with the Department of Health to build a 49,000-square-foot addition, hospital officials announced earlier this month. The addition would also house a community education center, diagnostic support services and physician offices. If approved by the health department, the addition is expected to be completed by 2001. The hospital will borrow about $9 million to finance the project, said Sue Martins of the hospital's finance department.