WESTBURY, N.Y., February 19, 2021 (Newswire.com) - The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) today announced that it has named Troy Oechsner as its new Executive Vice President. Oechsner is a veteran of State government who served as lead regulator of commercial health insurance at the Department of Financial Services as well as prosecutor of illegal and deceptive health care business practices with the New York State Attorney General. Most recently, Oechsner has been a partner at the consulting firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
"We are thrilled to have Troy on board at MSSNY. He brings proven ability to effectively advocate for positive reforms that will protect the rights of doctors and their patients to affordable, accessible quality health care," said Dr. Bonnie Litvack, MSSNY President. "Troy has a track record of effective management and leadership, and the ability to build coalitions among a broad section of health care professionals and consumers."
"The Medical Society has worked successfully with Troy for decades," said Dr. Andrew Kleinman, Chair of the MSSNY Board of Trustees. "He brings passion, knowledge and skill to the job that will help further the cause of physicians and patients. Troy is a welcome addition to the important work of the Society."
"As a former insurance regulator and prosecutor, I recognize the many challenges faced by both physicians and patients," said Oechsner. "Physicians have been leaders in the frontline battle against COVID. I am excited and honored to join the MSSNY team in our common fight to support doctors and patients seeking improved access to quality, affordable health care, guided by the physician's training, experience and best practices."
During over 30 years in State government, Oechsner helped lead many actions to improve health care for physicians and consumers. Oechsner was part of a team leading the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in New York, including the successful establishment of the state's health insurance exchange marketplace - the New York State of Health. Oechsner was also instrumental in drafting and negotiating New York's landmark Surprise Balance Billing Law that protected consumers from surprise bills from out-of-network doctors with a dispute resolution system fair to physicians and insurers.
Mr. Oechsner led an investigation by the New York Attorney General's office into improper denials of specialty care by Aetna when it failed to acknowledge appropriate referrals to specialists. These actions resulted in a negotiated settlement with Aetna that assured fair reimbursement to the impacted physicians. Oechsner also helped initiate the investigation of Ingenix, which ultimately produced action by then-Attorney General Cuomo to stop the manipulation of physician fee data, which was inappropriately increasing patient cost-sharing responsibilities for out-of-network care.
Oechsner succeeds Philip Schuh, CPA, who is retiring from MSSNY after a 35-year career at the Medical Society.
Source: Medical Society of the State of New York