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Bill Would Make IRO Reviewer Names, Credentials Public

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 2

By Bill Kidd, Central Bureau ChiefA state lawmaker has introduced a bill to require the release of the identity and professional credentials of doctors performing independent review organization evaluations.Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, filed House Bill 287 to amend current law for the 2013 legislative session, which convenes Jan. 8. Current law makes the identities of IRO evaluators confidential.The Texas Department of Insurance assigns disputes over medical necessity to IROs, which then assign the disputes to a health care provider for review. The parties to a dispute, including the insuran...

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