Ins. Code Section 1551.230
Out-of-network Diagnostic Imaging Provider or Laboratory Service Provider Payments
(a)In this section, “diagnostic imaging provider” and “laboratory service provider” have the meanings assigned by Section 1467.001 (Definitions).
(b)Except as provided by Subsection (d), the administrator of a managed care plan provided under the group benefits program shall pay for a covered health care or medical service performed for or a covered supply related to that service provided to a participant by an out-of-network provider who is a diagnostic imaging provider or laboratory service provider at the usual and customary rate or at an agreed rate if the provider performed the service in connection with a health care or medical service performed by a participating provider. The administrator shall make a payment required by this subsection directly to the provider not later than, as applicable:
(1)the 30th day after the date the administrator receives an electronic claim for those services that includes all information necessary for the administrator to pay the claim; or
(2)the 45th day after the date the administrator receives a nonelectronic claim for those services that includes all information necessary for the administrator to pay the claim.
(c)Except as provided by Subsection (d), an out-of-network provider who is a diagnostic imaging provider or laboratory service provider or a person asserting a claim as an agent or assignee of the provider may not bill a participant receiving a health care or medical service or supply described by Subsection (b) in, and the participant does not have financial responsibility for, an amount greater than an applicable copayment, coinsurance, and deductible under the participant’s managed care plan that:
(1)is based on:
(A)the amount initially determined payable by the administrator; or
(B)if applicable, the modified amount as determined under the administrator’s internal appeal process; and
(2)is not based on any additional amount determined to be owed to the provider under Chapter 1467 (Out-of-network Claim Dispute Resolution).
(d)This section does not apply to a nonemergency health care or medical service:
(1)that a participant elects to receive in writing in advance of the service with respect to each out-of-network provider providing the service; and
(2)for which an out-of-network provider, before providing the service, provides a complete written disclosure to the participant that:
(A)explains that the provider does not have a contract with the participant’s managed care plan;
(B)discloses projected amounts for which the participant may be responsible; and
(C)discloses the circumstances under which the participant would be responsible for those amounts.
Section 1551.230 — Out-of-network Diagnostic Imaging Provider or Laboratory Service Provider Payments,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/IN/htm/IN.1551.htm#1551.230 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).