Tex. Ins. Code Section 1456.004
Required Disclosure: Facility-based Physicians


If a facility-based physician bills a patient who is covered by a health benefit plan described in Section 1456.002 (Applicability of Chapter) that does not have a contract with the facility-based physician, the facility-based physician shall send a billing statement that:


contains an itemized listing of the services and supplies provided along with the dates the services and supplies were provided;


contains a conspicuous, plain-language explanation that:


the facility-based physician is not within the health plan provider network; and


the health benefit plan has paid a rate, as determined by the health benefit plan, which is below the facility-based physician billed amount;


contains a telephone number to call to discuss the statement, provide an explanation of any acronyms, abbreviations, and numbers used on the statement, or discuss any payment issues;


contains a statement that the patient may call to discuss alternative payment arrangements;


contains a notice that the patient may file complaints with the Texas Medical Board and includes the Texas Medical Board mailing address and complaint telephone number; and


for billing statements that total an amount greater than $200, over any applicable copayments or deductibles, states, in plain language, that if the patient finalizes a payment plan agreement within 45 days of receiving the first billing statement and substantially complies with the agreement, the facility-based physician may not furnish adverse information to a consumer reporting agency regarding an amount owed by the patient for the receipt of medical treatment.


A patient may be considered by the facility-based physician to be out of substantial compliance with the payment plan agreement if payments are not made in compliance with the agreement for a period of 90 days.


Repealed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1264), Sec. 3.03(1), eff. September 1, 2019.
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 997 (S.B. 1731), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2007.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1290 (H.B. 2256), Sec. 3, eff. June 19, 2009.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 467 (S.B. 481), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1342 (S.B. 1264), Sec. 3.03(1), eff. September 1, 2019.

Source: Section 1456.004 — Required Disclosure: Facility-based Physicians, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/IN/htm/IN.­1456.­htm#1456.­004 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 1456.004’s source at texas​.gov