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THE STATE OF MAINE
DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL & FINANCIAL REGULATION
BUREAU OF INSURANCE
NOW COMES Intervenor, Maine Osteopathic Association ("MOA"), through undersigned counsel for the Maine Medical Association, and submits this prefiled testimony of Boyd R. Buser, D.O., consistent with the terms of the Superintendents Procedural Order of November 4, 2000.
Q: Please identify yourself and your place of employment.
A: Boyd R. Buser, D.O., Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine 04005. I currently serve as the President of the Maine Osteopathic Association, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Academy of Osteopathy, Secretary-Treasurer of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, and member of the Correct Coding Policy Committee of the American Medical Association.
Q: Please provide a brief summary of your educational background and employment history.
A: I reside in Kennebunkport, Maine. I received my D.O. degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa in 1981, and completed my internship at Cranston General Hospital in Cranston, Rhode Island. I became the Chairman of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in March 1986, and remained in that position until September, 1999, when I assumed my current position.
Q: Please comment on the experience of osteopathic providers who have contracted with BCBSME, as well as the importance and benefits of maintaining a state-based, locally controlled, non-profit health plan.
A: BCBSME has always had a strong commitment to both serving and requesting input from Maine Physicians. They have had an osteopathic physician on their Board of Directors for many years. The opportunity to dialog with the company is very important to osteopathic physicians, and has allowed us to communicate regarding the companys policies relating to Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and other physician services.
Q: What are some of the concerns that you have for osteopathic physicians that Anthem will attempt to require, or require osteopathic physicians to accept certain designated contract provisions if the providers want to contract with Anthem to provide services to Anthem BCBSME enrollees.
A: A majority of D.O.s currently contract with BCBSME, with a large proportion of D.O.s providing care in Maines rural areas. With approximately 45% of the healthcare market in Maine controlled by BCBSME, it is of grave concern to osteopathic physicians that loss of local control of coverage policies may adversely affect osteopathic physicians ability to continue to provide services their patients have come to expect. Maine citizens want to have continued access to their regular doctor and the services their doctor provides. We are the first line of healthcare delivery to patients, and if the services arent covered, the physician may not be able to afford to provide those services, and ultimately the patient will suffer. We have had this experience with other local companies that have undergone takeover by a large national company.
Q: Does this conclude your testimony?
A: Yes, I welcome the opportunity to respond to questions the Superintendent and other parties may have regarding my testimony.
Dated: March 28, 2000 _____________________________
Boyd R. Buser, D.O.
Dated: March 28, 2000 ______________________________
Maine Medical Association
30 Association Drive
Manchester, NH 04351
Michel A. LaFond
Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.
Attorney for Maine Medical Association
9 Capitol Street, P.O. Box 1256
Concord, New Hampshire 03302-1256
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned hereby certifies that on March 28, 2000 a copy of the Prefiled Testimony of Boyd R. Buser, D.O. was served via United States mail, first class postage prepaid, on each of the persons listed below.
Robert S. Frank, Esq. Michele M. Garvin, Esquire
Harvey & Frank Ropes & Gray
Two City center One International Place
P.O. Box 126 Boston, Massachusetts 02110-2624
Portland, Maine 04112 e-mail: Mgarvin@Ropesgray.com
fax - 207-775-5639 (Central Maine Healthcare Corporation;
e_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Central Maine Partners Health Plan)
(Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maine)
Judith Chamberlain, Esq.
State of Maine
Department of the Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333_0006
(Bureau of Insurance)
William H. Laubenstein, Esq. Executive Director of the Maine Ambulatory
State of Maine Care Coalition
Department of the Attorney General P. O. Box 390
6 State House Station Manchester, Maine 04351
Augusta, Maine 04333_0006e-mail: email@example.com
e_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sacopee Valley Health center, Regional
(Office of the Attorney General) Medical center at Lubec, Eastport Health
Care, Inc., and the Maine Ambulatory
mailto:email@example.comMaine Peoples Alliance
192 State Street
Portland, Maine 04101
(Maine Peoples Alliance)
Joseph P. Ditre, Esq. Gordon H. Smith, Esquire
Consumer Health Law Program Maine Medical Association
One Weston Court, Level One 30 Association Drive
P.O. Box 2490 P. O. Box 190
e_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Manchester, Maine 04351
(Consumers for Affordable Health Care e-mail: email@example.com
Foundation/Coalition) (Thomas D. Hayward, M.D.,
Maroulla S. Gleaton, M.D. and the
Donald E. Quigley, Esquire Maine Medical Association)
Portland Maine 04101_3537 Executive Director
e_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Maine Osteopathic Association
(Maine Medical center) 693 Western Avenue
Manchester, Maine 04351
Sandra L. Parker, Esq. e-mail: email@example.com
Attorney for MHA, Inc. (Maine Osteopathic Association)
150 Capitol Street
Augusta, Maine 04330 Edward Miller
e_mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Director
(MHA, Inc.) American Lung Association of Maine
122 State Street
James B. Zimpritch, Esquire Augusta, Maine 04330
Jeffrey M. White, Esquire e-mail: email@example.com
Catherine R. Connors, Esquire
Pierce Atwood mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
(Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.)
Gordon H. Smith
Attorney for Maine Medical Association
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