Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate Became Law
01/07/2020     01/28/2020  

Health insurance; credentialing, health care providers.

Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential certain health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing such a professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, within 15 days of being credentialed by the carrier, for services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The bill makes this requirement applicable to a person, corporation, facility, or institution licensed by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a physician or hospital, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or person who holds a multistate privilege to practice such nursing under the Nurse Licensure Compact, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist, physician assistant, chiropractor, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed dental hygienist, health maintenance organization, or emergency medical care attendant or technician who provides services on a fee basis. Such a requirement exists in current law for participating physicians and participating mental health professionals but without a time limit for reimbursement. The bill applies the 15-day limit to such participating physicians and participating mental health professionals.

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01/31/2020 House: Printed as engrossed 20104398D-E Open
01/07/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104398D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20104398D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 822
    House Amendments in [ ] � January 31, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 38.2-3407.10:1 of the Code of Virginia, relating to health insurance; reimbursement for services rendered during pendency of credentialing application.
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    Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Head
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    Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 38.2-3407.10:1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    38.2-3407.10:1. Reimbursement for services rendered during pendency of a participating providers credentialing application.

    A. As used in this section:

    "Carrier" means an entity subject to the insurance laws and regulations of the Commonwealth and subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission that contracts or offers to contract to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services or mental health services, including an insurer licensed to sell accident and sickness insurance, a health maintenance organization, a health services plan, or any other entity providing a plan of health insurance, health benefits, health care services, or mental health services.

    "Covered person" means a policyholder, subscriber, enrollee, participant, or other individual covered by a health benefit plan.

    "Health benefit plan" means a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement offered by a carrier to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services.

    "Mental health professional" has the meaning ascribed thereto in � 54.1-2400.1.

    "Mental health services" means benefits with respect to items or services provided by mental health professionals for mental health conditions as defined under the terms of a health benefit plan.

    "Network" means a group of participating physicians or mental health professionals providers who provide health care services under the carriers health benefit plan that requires or creates incentives for a covered person to use the participating physicians or mental health professionals providers.

    "New provider applicant" means a physician or, mental health professional, or other provider who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier.

    "Other provider" means a person, corporation, facility, or institution licensed by the Commonwealth [ under Title 32.1 or 54.1 ] to provide health care or professional [ health-related ] services [ as a physician or hospital, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or person who holds a multistate privilege to practice such nursing under the Nurse Licensure Compact, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist, physician assistant, chiropractor, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed dental hygienist, health maintenance organization, or emergency medical care attendant or technician who provides services ] on a fee basis.

    "Participating mental health professional" means a mental health professional who is managed, under contract with, or employed by a carrier and who has agreed to provide health care services to covered persons with an expectation of receiving payments, other than coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles, directly or indirectly from the carrier.

    "Participating other provider" means an other provider who is managed, under contract with, or employed by a carrier and who has agreed to provide such health care or professional services to covered persons with an expectation of receiving payments, other than coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles, directly or indirectly from the carrier.

    "Participating physician" means a physician who is managed, under contract with, or employed by a carrier and who has agreed to provide health care services or mental health services to covered persons with an expectation of receiving payments, other than coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles, directly or indirectly from the carrier.

    "Participating provider" means a participating physician, participating mental health professional, or participating other provider.

    "Physician" means a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine holding an active license from the Board of Medicine.

    B. A carrier that credentials the physicians or, mental health professionals, or other providers in its network shall establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing new provider applicants, after within 15 [ business ] days of being credentialed by the carrier, for health care services or mental health services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicants completed credentialing application is pending. At a minimum, the protocols and procedures shall:

    1. Apply only if the new provider applicants credentialing application is approved by the carrier;

    2. Permit reimbursement to a new provider applicant for services rendered from the date the new provider applicants completed credentialing application is received for consideration by the carrier;

    3. Apply only if a contractual relationship exists between the carrier and the new provider applicant or entity for whom the new provider applicant is employed or engaged; and

    4. Require that any reimbursement be paid at the in-network rate that the new provider applicant would have received had he been, at the time the covered health care services were provided, a credentialed participating physician or mental health professional provider in the network for the applicable health benefit plan.

    C. Nothing in this section shall require reimbursement of the new provider applicant-rendered services that are not benefits or services covered by the carriers health benefit plan.

    D. Nothing in this section requires a carrier to pay reimbursement at the contracted in-network rate for any covered medical health care services or mental health services provided by the new provider applicant if the new provider applicants credentialing application is not approved or the carrier is otherwise not willing to contract with the new provider applicant.

    E. Payments made or retroactive denials of payments made under this section shall be governed by � 38.2-3407.15.

    F. If a payment is made by the carrier to a new provider applicant or any entity that employs or engages such new provider applicant under this section for a covered service, the patient shall only be responsible for any coinsurance, copayments, or deductibles permitted under the insurance contract with the carrier or participating provider agreement with the physician or, mental health professional, or other provider. If the new provider applicant is not credentialed by the carrier, the new provider applicant or any entity that employs or engages such physician or, mental health professional, or other provider shall not collect any amount from the patient for health care services or mental health services provided from the date the completed credentialing application was submitted to the carrier until the applicant received notification from the carrier that credentialing was denied.

    G. New provider applicants, in order to submit claims to the carrier pursuant to this section, shall provide written or electronic notice to covered persons in advance of treatment that they have submitted a credentialing application to the carrier of the covered person, stating that the carrier is in the process of obtaining and verifying the following pursuant to credentialing regulations:

    "Notice of Provider credentialing and re-credentialing.

    Your health insurance carrier is required to establish and maintain a comprehensive credentialing verification program to ensure that its physicians and, mental health professionals, and other providers meet the minimum standards of professional licensure or certification. Written supporting documentation for (i) physicians or, (ii) mental health professionals who have completed their residency or fellowship requirements for their specialty area more than 12 months prior to the credentialing decision, or (iii) other providers shall include:

    1. Current valid license and history of licensure or certification;

    2. Status of hospital privileges, if applicable;

    3. Valid U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration certificate, if applicable;

    4. Information from the National Practitioner Data Bank, as available;

    5. Education and training, including postgraduate training, if applicable;

    6. Specialty board certification status, if applicable;

    7. Practice or work history covering at least the past five years; and

    8. Current, adequate malpractice insurance and malpractice history covering at least the past five years.

    Your health insurance carrier is in the process of obtaining and verifying the above information in order to determine if your physician or, mental health professional, or other provider will be credentialed or not."

    H. The provisions of this section shall not apply to coverages issued by a Medicare Advantage plan, but shall apply to health maintenance organizations that issue coverage pursuant to Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. � 1396 et seq. (Medicaid).

    I. The Commission shall have no jurisdiction to adjudicate individual controversies arising out of this section.

    Picture Name From Date Type
    Christopher T. Head R-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/28/2020 House House: Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
    01/23/2020 House House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
    01/16/2020 House House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #2
    01/07/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104398D
    01/07/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
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    Start Description.
    Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential certain health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing such a professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, within 15 days of being credentialed by the carrier, for services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The bill makes this requirement applic
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    Health insurance


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    "Health benefit plan" means a policy, contract, certificate, or agreement offered by a carrier to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services


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