SEATTLE, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is very pleased to hear of Regence BlueShield's decision to stop implementation of its high performance Select Network. This is a positive step in the right direction. "One of the primary goals of our lawsuit against Regence was to prevent the implementation of the Select Network because of the flawed methodology and data that was being used to disqualify quality physicians and prevent patients from receiving care from a doctor of their choice. That goal has now apparently been achieved. Our lawsuit also seeks money damages for Regence's improper and inaccurate statements to patients that certain physicians failed to meet certain quality and efficiency standards. We are hopeful that in the near future we can resolve these issues with Regence, as well as be provided an opportunity to work with the insurer in a meaningful and collaborative way to pursue alternative approaches to achieve the quality and efficiency improvements that we both seek. "Keep in mind, true quality improvement programs need the active involvement of physicians to make sure the standards that are applied are fair, accurate, and do not unduly interfere with the doctor/patient relationship. "In the meantime, the WSMA celebrates with SPEEA and the AMA Litigation Center this significant achievement on behalf of our physician members and their patients."
SOURCE Washington State Medical Association