MPS Offers Assistance to Improve Inadequate Networks

The MPS is engaged with Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) efforts to review and improve Maryland’s network adequacy regulations. In addition to two sets of comments submitted in collaboration with the Legal Action Center and with the American Psychiatric Association, the MPS offered another solution to address widespread concern about inadequate numbers of in-network psychiatrists.  The MPS shared opportunities for connecting with its members with MIA and requested that MIA make them available to parties who claim to be unable to find psychiatrists for their networks. The options give a range of possibilities for health plans to connect with psychiatrists and try to repair their reputations and update clinicians on their current practices and rates, etc. The MPS will continue to work with MIA and others to improve access to quality psychiatric care in our state.