5162.80 Good faith estimates for charges and payments.

(A) A provider of medical services licensed, accredited, or certified under Chapter 3721., 3727., 4715., 4725., 4731., 4732., 4734., 4747., 4753., 4755., 4757., or 4779. of the Revised Code shall provide in writing, before products, services, or procedures are provided, a reasonable, good-faith estimate of all of the following for the provider's non-emergency products, services, or procedures:

(1) The amount the provider will charge the patient or the consumer's health plan issuer for the product, service, or procedure;

(2) The amount the health plan issuer intends to pay for the product, service, or procedure;

(3) The difference, if any, that the consumer or other party responsible for the consumer's care would be required to pay to the provider for the product, service, or procedure.

(B) Any health plan issuer contacted by a provider described in division (A) of this section in order for the provider to obtain information so that the provider can comply with division (A) of this section shall provide such information to the provider within a reasonable time of the provider's request.

(C) As used in this section, "health plan issuer" means an entity subject to the insurance laws and rules of this state, or subject to the jurisdiction of the superintendent of insurance, that contracts, or offers to contract, to provide, deliver, arrange for, pay for, or reimburse any of the costs of health care services under a health benefit plan, including a sickness and accident insurance company and a health insuring corporation. "Health plan issuer" also includes a managed care organization under contract with the department of medicaid and, if the services are to be provided on a fee-for-service basis, the Medicaid program.

(D) The medicaid director shall adopt rules, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, to carry out this section.

Cite as R.C. § 5162.80

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 52, §1, eff. 1/1/2017.