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Stuart Chesky, DO, JD, Ohio KePRO Medical Director, Appointed to Ohio Joint Legislative Study Commission on Most Favored Nation Clauses in Health Care Contracts
Date:10/20/2008

Dr. Chesky's medical and legal expertise will be critical when determining the impact of most favored nation clauses on health care costs and on the

availability of, and accessibility to, quality health care

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Stuart Chesky, DO, JD, Medical Director of Ohio KePRO was one of 17 respected health care and legal experts chosen to serve on Ohio's Joint Legislative Study Commission on Most Favored Nation Clauses in Health Care Contracts. The Commission was established as part of HB-125, the Health Care Simplification Act, passed earlier this year.

"The overall goal of the Commission is to simplify the bureaucracy of the health care system so that hospitals and physicians can concentrate on what they do best -- caring for patients," said Dr. Chesky. "I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Commission that will focus on making health care contracting more fair for everyone. I will work hard for all Ohioans so that our health care delivery system is the best in the nation."

The Commission will study heath care contracts to investigate the precompetitive and anticompetitive aspects of favored nation clauses, which are contractual agreements between a buyer and a seller stating that the price paid by the buyer will be at least as low as the price paid by other buyers purchasing the same commodity -- in this case, health care.

The Commission will also address the impact that most favored nation clauses have on health care costs and on the availability of, and accessibility to, quality health care, and the costs associated with the enforcement of most favored nation clauses.

Dr. Chesky currently serves as Medical Director, where he oversees physician review services performed on behalf of Ohio's Medicare beneficiaries as part of the Ohio KePRO quality improvement organization (QIO) contract. He also is the medical director for the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
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