The Federal Trade Commission has given the go-ahead to a survey of physicians' contractual relationships with insurers, according to an FTC advisory letter dated Nov. 3.
The Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo., sought the advisory opinion for a survey that will ask doctors about overall satisfaction with payers' contract performance, including how much health plans pay for physician services. It also will examine percentage of denied claims, timeliness of claims payment and the adequacy of specialist networks.
MGMA will move forward in January with a pilot group of primary care physicians in Colorado, says Dan Stech, director of survey operations.
Stech says the data "will provide a new tool to medical practices to improve how they contract with health plans and improve their effectiveness as businesses, because those contracts are their lifeblood."