TITLE 27
Insurance

CHAPTER 27-20
Nonprofit Medical Service Corporations

SECTION 27-20-5


§ 27-20-5 Contracts with subscribers.

Each nonprofit medical service corporation may contract with its subscribers for any medical service as may be provided under any nonprofit medical service plan adopted by the corporation; provided, that:

(1) If any medical service as may be provided for shall include service which may be lawfully performed or rendered by a podiatrist, the contract shall provide for the payment for the service so performed or rendered by a podiatrist;

(2) If any medical service as may be provided for shall include service which may be lawfully performed or rendered by a certified registered nurse practitioner or psychiatric and mental health nurse clinical specialist, the contract will provide for the payment for the service performed or rendered by a certified registered nurse practitioner or psychiatric and mental health nurse clinical specialist to subscribers. No nonprofit medical service corporation may require supervision, signature, or referral by any other health care provider as a condition of reimbursement to a certified registered nurse practitioner; provided, that no nonprofit medical service corporation may be required to pay for duplicative services actually rendered by both a certified registered nurse practitioner and any other health care provider;

(3) If any medical service as may be provided for shall include service which may be lawfully performed or rendered by a licensed midwife, the contract delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state shall provide for the payment for the service performed or rendered by a licensed midwife in accordance with each health insurers' respective principles and mechanisms of reimbursement credentialing and contracting if those services are within the licensed midwives' area of professional competence as defined by regulations promulgated pursuant to § 23-13-9, and are currently reimbursed when rendered by any other licensed health care provider. No nonprofit medical service corporation may require supervision, signature, or referral by any other health care provider as a condition of reimbursement except when the requirements are also applicable to other categories of health care providers; provided, no insurer or hospital or medical service corporation or patient may be required to pay for duplicate services actually rendered by both a licensed midwife and any other health care provider. Direct payment for licensed midwives will be contingent upon services rendered in a licensed health care facility and for services rendered in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department of health; provided, that this provision shall not prohibit payment for services pursuant to § 42-62-26 or for other services reimbursed by third party payors; and

(4) If any medical service which may be provided for shall include service which may be rendered by a counselor in mental health or a therapist in marriage and family practice, excluding marital and family therapy unless there is an individual diagnosed with a mental disorder, the contract shall provide for payment for the service performed or rendered when deemed medically necessary by the nonprofit medical service corporation in accordance with its standard medical management protocols and within the nonprofit medical service corporation's subscriber contractual limits. In the case of a limited provider network, it shall remain within the sole discretion of the nonprofit medical service corporation as to which certified counselors in mental health and certified therapists in marriage and family practice with which it shall contract. Nothing contained in this subdivision shall require the nonprofit medical service corporation to provide coverage other than in conjunction with a related medical illness.

(5) No contract between a nonprofit medical service corporation and a dentist for the provisions of services to patients may require that the dentist indemnify or hold harmless the nonprofit medical service corporation for any expenses and liabilities, including without limitation, judgments, settlements, attorneys' fees, court costs, and any associated charges, incurred in connection with any claim or action brought against the nonprofit medical service corporation based on the nonprofit medical service corporation's management decisions, or utilization review provisions for any patient.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1945, ch. 1598, § 3; G.L. 1956, § 27-20-5; P.L. 1961, ch. 136, § 2; P.L. 1990, ch. 168, § 2; P.L. 1991, ch. 361, § 5; P.L. 1994, ch. 89, § 4; P.L. 1999, ch. 481, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 292, § 39.)