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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.
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Title Annotation:health insurance eligibility for physician resident
Author:Kirn, Timothy F.
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2001
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