Law:Title 8. Health Insurance And Other Health Coverages. Subtitle F. Physicians And Health Care Providers from Chapter 1452. Physician And Provider Credentials (Texas)

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Subtitle F. Physicians And Health Care Providers

Contents

Chapter 1452. Physician And Provider Credentials

Subchapter A. Credentialing Of Physicians And Providers By Health Maintenance Organization

Section  1452.001.  Applicability Of Certain Definitions.

In this subchapter, a term defined by Section 843.002 has the meaning assigned by that section.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Section  1452.002.  Verification Of Physician's License Or Certificate.

The commissioner shall require a health maintenance organization to verify that a physician's license to practice medicine and any other certificate the physician is required to hold, including a certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety or the federal Drug Enforcement Administration or a certificate issued under the Medicare program, is valid as of the date of:

(1)  initial credentialing of the physician; and

(2)  each recredentialing.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Section  1452.003.  Site Visit For Initial Credentialing.

(a) The commissioner shall require a health maintenance organization that conducts a site visit for the purpose of initial credentialing of a physician or provider to evaluate during the visit a site's accessibility, appearance, space, medical or dental recordkeeping practices, availability of appointments, and confidentiality procedures.

(b)  The commissioner may not require the health maintenance organization to evaluate the appropriateness of equipment during the site visit.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Section  1452.004.  Limitation On Commissioner's Authority.

The commissioner may not require a health maintenance organization to:

(1)  formally recredential a physician or provider more frequently than once in any three-year period;

(2)  verify the validity of a license or certificate held by a physician as of a date other than the date of initial credentialing or recredentialing of the physician;

(3)  use clinical personnel to perform a site visit for initial credentialing of a physician or provider unless clinical review is needed during the site visit; or

(4)  require a site visit be performed for the purpose of recredentialing of a physician or provider.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Section  1452.005.  Site Visit For Cause Not Precluded.

This subchapter does not preclude a health maintenance organization from conducting a site visit of a physician or provider at any time for cause, including a complaint made by a member or another external complaint made to the health maintenance organization.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Section  1452.006.  Rules Related To Selection Of Physicians And Providers By Health Maintenance Organization.

A rule adopted by the commissioner under Section 843.102 that relates to implementation and maintenance by a health maintenance organization of a process for selecting and retaining affiliated physicians and providers must comply with:

(1)  this subchapter; and

(2)  standards adopted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, to the extent those standards do not conflict with other laws of this state.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.



Subchapter B. Standardized Forms

Section 1452.051.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Advanced practice nurse" has the meaning assigned by Section 301.152, Occupations Code.

(2)  "Physician" means an individual licensed to practice medicine in this state.

(3)  "Physician assistant" means an individual who holds a license issued under Chapter 204, Occupations Code.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 728, Sec. 11.045(a), eff. September 1, 2005.



Section 1452.052.  Standardized Form For Verification Of Credentials.

(a) The commissioner by rule shall:

(1)  prescribe a standardized form for the verification of the credentials of a physician, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant; and

(2)  require a public or private hospital, a health maintenance organization operating under Chapter 843, or the issuer of a preferred provider benefit plan under Chapter 1301 to use the form for verification of credentials.

(b)  In prescribing a form under this section, the commissioner shall consider any credentialing application form that is widely used in this state or any form currently used by the department.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1274, Sec. 3, eff. April 1, 2005.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 728, Sec. 11.045(a), eff. September 1, 2005.



Subchapter C. Expedited Credentialing Process

FOR CERTAIN PHYSICIANS


Section 1452.101.  Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1)  "Applicant physician" means a physician applying for expedited credentialing under this subchapter.

(2)  "Enrollee" means an individual who is eligible to receive health care services under a managed care plan.

(3)  "Health care provider" means:

(A)  an individual who is licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized to provide health care services in this state; or

(B)  a hospital, emergency clinic, outpatient clinic, or other facility providing health care services.

(4)  "Managed care plan" means a health benefit plan under which health care services are provided to enrollees through contracts with health care providers and that requires enrollees to use participating providers or that provides a different level of coverage for enrollees who use participating providers.  The term includes a health benefit plan issued by:

(A)  a health maintenance organization;

(B)  a preferred provider benefit plan issuer; or

(C)  any other entity that issues a health benefit plan, including an insurance company.

(5)  "Medical group" means:

(A)  a single legal entity owned by two or more physicians;

(B)  a professional association composed of licensed physicians; or

(C)  any other business entity composed of licensed physicians as permitted under Subchapter B, Chapter 162, Occupations Code.

(6)  "Participating provider" means a health care provider who has contracted with a health benefit plan issuer to provide services to enrollees.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 296, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 1452.102.  Applicability.

This subchapter applies only to a physician who joins an established medical group that has a current contract in force with a managed care plan.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 1452.103.  Eligibility Requirements.

To qualify for expedited credentialing under this subchapter and payment under Section 1452.104, an applicant physician must:

(1)  be licensed in this state by, and in good standing with, the Texas Medical Board;

(2)  submit all documentation and other information required by the issuer of the managed care plan as necessary to enable the issuer to begin the credentialing process required by the issuer to include a physician in the issuer's health benefit plan network; and

(3)  agree to comply with the terms of the managed care plan's participating provider contract currently in force with the applicant physician's established medical group.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 1452.104.  Payment Of Applicant Physician During Credentialing Process.

On submission by the applicant physician of the information required by the managed care plan issuer under Section 1452.103(2), and for payment purposes only, the issuer shall treat the applicant physician as if the physician were a participating provider in the health benefit plan network when the applicant physician provides services to the managed care plan's enrollees, including:

(1)  authorizing the applicant physician to collect copayments from the enrollees; and

(2)  making payments to the applicant physician.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 1452.105.  Directory Entries.

Pending the approval of an application submitted under Section 1452.104, the managed care plan may exclude the applicant physician from the managed care plan's directory of participating physicians, the managed care plan's website listing of participating physicians, or any other listing of participating physicians.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 1452.106.  Effect Of Failure To Meet Credentialing Requirements.

If, on completion of the credentialing process, the managed care plan issuer determines that the applicant physician does not meet the issuer's credentialing requirements:

(1)  the managed care plan issuer may recover from the applicant physician or the physician's medical group an amount equal to the difference between payments for in-network benefits and out-of-network benefits; and

(2)  the applicant physician or the physician's medical group may retain any copayments collected or in the process of being collected as of the date of the issuer's determination.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 1452.107.  Enrollee Held Harmless.

An enrollee in the managed care plan is not responsible and shall be held harmless for the difference between in-network copayments paid by the enrollee to a physician who is determined to be ineligible under Section 1452.106 and the managed care plan's charges for out-of-network services.  The physician and the physician's medical group may not charge the enrollee for any portion of the physician's fee that is not paid or reimbursed by the enrollee's managed care plan.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section   1452.108.  Limitation On Managed Care Issuer Liability.

A managed care plan issuer that complies with this subchapter is not subject to liability for damages arising out of or in connection with, directly or indirectly, the payment by the issuer of an applicant physician as if the physician were a participating provider in the health benefit plan network.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1203, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.


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