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DHMH Withdraws Missed Appointment Proposed Regulation In Response to PJC Letter.

February 6, 2008: PJC Attorney Laurie Norris recently scored a quick victory through administrative advocacy. Proposed regulations by Maryland’s Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) would have permitted medical providers to bill Medical Assistance recipients for broken or missed appointments. Laurie wrote comments in opposition to the proposed regulation that were signed onto by Advocates for Children and Youth, the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, the Maryland Disability Law Center, the Coalition for Healthy Maryland Children, and the National Health Law Program. The PJC opposed the proposed regulation for two reasons: (1) charging for missed appointments is contrary to federal law and (2) charging for missed appointments would be bad public policy because it will neither improve patient compliance nor increase doctor reimbursement, and because it could lead to increased barriers to access to care. Laurie’s comments were submitted on January 21, 2004, and the DHMH officially withdrew the proposed regulations on February 2, 2004 – a record time for effective administrative advocacy!

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