Frisbie hospital seeks hearing on network exclusion, information denial
The department denied the request, citing the confidentiality of "propriety information" belonging to Anthem, according to Frisbie President and CEO Al Felgar.
He criticized the lack of transparency in the process by which the Anthem network was developed and approved. "The entire process was handled behind closed doors," he said. "Now the documents are being kept under lock and key, and that is not fair."
"Since we have been blocked from the basic information about the network, we have no way of knowing what the state Insurance Department has reviewed or done to determine if these products meet basic adequacy for New Hampshire families," Felgar said. "There was never any public scrutiny of the key factors that went into deciding which providers in New Hampshire would be a part of Anthem's narrow network."
"We have released a substantial amount of material, and are still reviewing remaining material to determine whether it should be released," she said.
"The only information we have received regarding network adequacy is a series of spreadsheets showing the raw data of the number of patients and providers in New Hampshire," he said. "That is neither helpful nor informative."
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