Law:Title 8. Health Insurance And Other Health Coverages. Subtitle F. Physicians And Health Care Providers from Chapter 1453. Disclosure Of Reimbursement Guidelines Under Managed Care Plan (Texas)

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Subtitle F. Physicians And Health Care Providers

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Chapter 1453. Disclosure Of Reimbursement Guidelines Under Managed Care Plan

Section  1453.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Health care provider" means:

(A)  a hospital, emergency clinic, outpatient clinic, or other facility providing health care services; or

(B)  an individual who is licensed in this state to provide health care services.

(2)  "Managed care entity" means:

(A)  a health maintenance organization;

(B)  a preferred provider benefit plan issuer;

(C)  an approved nonprofit health corporation that holds a certificate of authority under Chapter 844; or

(D)  another entity that offers a managed care plan, including:

(i)  an insurance company;

(ii)  a group hospital service corporation operating under Chapter 842;

(iii)  a fraternal benefit society operating under Chapter 885;

(iv)  a stipulated premium company operating under Chapter 884;

(v)  a multiple employer welfare arrangement that holds a certificate of authority under Chapter 846; and

(vi)  an entity not authorized under this code or another insurance law of this state that contracts directly for health care services on a risk-sharing basis, including a capitation basis.

(3)  "Managed care plan" means a health benefit plan:

(A)  under which health care services are provided through contracts with health care providers to individuals enrolled in or insured under the plan; and

(B)  that provides financial incentives to individuals enrolled in or insured under the plan to use health care providers participating in the plan and procedures covered by the plan.

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



Section  1453.002.  Provision Of Information Regarding Reimbursement Guidelines.

(a) On the written request of an out-of-network health care provider, a managed care entity shall furnish to the provider a written description of the factors considered by the entity in determining the amount of reimbursement the provider may receive for goods or services provided to an individual enrolled in or insured under the entity's managed care plan.

(b)  This section does not require a managed care entity to disclose proprietary information that is prohibited from disclosure by a contract between the entity and a vendor that supplies payment or statistical data to the entity.

(c)  A contract between a managed care entity and a vendor that supplies payment or statistical data to the entity may not prohibit the entity from disclosing under this section:

(1)  the name of the vendor; or

(2)  the methodology and origin of information used to determine the amount of reimbursement.

(d)  A managed care entity that denies a request for information described by Subsection (b) shall send a copy of the request and the information requested to the department for review.

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



Section  1453.003.  Rules.

The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to implement this chapter.

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


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