Bill Text: TX HB1878 | 2015-2016 | 84th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the provision of telemedicine medical services in a school-based setting, including the reimbursement of providers under the Medicaid program for those services.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-3)

Status: (Passed) 2015-06-16 - Effective on 9/1/15 [HB1878 Detail]

Download: Texas-2015-HB1878-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 1878
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the provision of telemedicine medical services in a
  school-based setting, including the reimbursement of providers
  under the Medicaid program for those services.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 531.0217, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsections (c-4) and (g-1) and amending Subsection (g) to
  read as follows:
         (c-4)  The commission shall ensure that Medicaid
  reimbursement is provided to a physician for a telemedicine medical
  service provided by the physician, even if the physician is not the
  patient's primary care physician or provider, if:
               (1)  the physician is an authorized health care
  provider under Medicaid;
               (2)  the patient is a child who receives the service in
  a primary or secondary school-based setting;
               (3)  the parent or legal guardian of the patient
  provides consent before the service is provided; and
               (4)  a health professional is present with the patient
  during the treatment.
         (g)  If a patient receiving a telemedicine medical service
  has a primary care physician or provider and consents or, if
  appropriate, the patient's parent or legal guardian consents to the
  notification, the commission shall require that the primary care
  physician or provider be notified of the telemedicine medical
  service for the purpose of sharing medical information. In the case
  of a service provided to a child in a school-based setting as
  described by Subsection (c-4), the notification, if any, must
  include a summary of the service, including exam findings,
  prescribed or administered medications, and patient instructions.
         (g-1)  If a patient receiving a telemedicine medical service
  in a school-based setting as described by Subsection (c-4) does not
  have a primary care physician or provider, the commission shall
  require that the patient's parent or legal guardian receive:
               (1)  the notification required under Subsection (g);
  and
               (2)  a list of primary care physicians or providers
  from which the patient may select the patient's primary care
  physician or provider.
         SECTION 2.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that a waiver or authorization from a
  federal agency is necessary for implementation of that provision,
  the agency affected by the provision shall request the waiver or
  authorization and may delay implementing that provision until the
  waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1878 was passed by the House on May 8,
  2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 141, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1878 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor       
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