Every person, the state and any of its instrumentalities, any county, township, school district, or other political subdivision and any of its instrumentalities, and any municipal corporation and any of its instrumentalities that provides payment for health care benefits for any of its employees resident in this state, which benefits are not provided by contract with an insurer qualified to provide sickness and accident insurance or a health insuring corporation, and that includes reimbursement for any service that may be legally performed by a certified nurse-midwife who is authorized under section 4723.42 of the Revised Code to practice nurse-midwifery, shall not deny reimbursement to a certified nurse-midwife performing the service if the service is performed in collaboration with a licensed physician. The collaborating physician shall be identified on the claim form.
The cost of collaboration with a certified nurse-midwife by a licensed physician as required under section 4723.43 of the Revised Code is a reimbursable expense.
The division of any reimbursement payment for services performed by a certified nurse-midwife between the nurse-midwife and the nurse-midwife's collaborating physician shall be determined and mutually agreed upon by the certified nurse-midwife and the physician. The division of fees shall not be considered a violation of division (B)(17) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code. In no case shall the total fees charged exceed the fee the physician would have charged had the physician provided the entire service.
Effective Date: 06-04-1997 .