Medical Claims Conciliation Panel (MCCP)
The Medical Claims Conciliation Panel (“MCCP”) program is responsible for conducting informal conciliation hearings on claims against health care providers before such claims can be filed as lawsuits. The decisions of the MCCP panels are advisory in nature and are not binding on the parties, in the event that any party still wishes to pursue the matter via the courts.
Claims filed on or before December 31, 2012 will continue to be processed under the MCCP’s procedures. Inquiries filed on or after January 2, 2013 will be processed under the new Medical Inquiry and Conciliation Panel (“MICP”) program.
The decisions rendered by the MCCP panels provide the parties with fairly accurate advisory determinations of the relative merits of the claims, which should assist the parties in evaluating whether the claims should be pursued through the judicial system.
The MCCP program also provides an opportunity for the parties to exchange information in a relatively expedited and inexpensive manner, which in turn provides for opportunities for the parties to explore the conciliation of meritorious claims prior to such claims being brought before the courts.
Lastly, the requirements of exchanging information between the parties, and making conscientious and thorough presentations to the panels, discourage the pursuit of frivolous or fraudulent claims, prior to further legal proceedings being taken by the parties.