PHYSICIAN PRIVILEGE APPLICATION.
Residents should be able to apply to health plans for acceptance on
their provider panel 6 months before completing training. It takes about
6 months for approval by most health plans. Since many plans do not
allow application until a physician has completed residency and board
certification, young physicians often experience real hardship during
the first few months of practice, when they are not getting reimbursed
for their services. The AMA will lobby the American Association of
Health Plans and similar organizations to rectify this situation.