2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 22:3088 — Emergency services
§3088. Emergency services
A. When conducting medical necessity determinations for emergency services, an MNRO shall not disapprove emergency services necessary to screen and stabilize a covered person and shall not require prior authorization of such services if a prudent lay person acting reasonably would have believed that an emergency medical condition existed. With respect to care obtained from a noncontracting provider within the service area of a managed care plan, an MNRO shall not disapprove emergency services necessary to screen and stabilize a covered person and shall not require prior authorization of the services if a prudent lay person would have reasonably believed that use of a contracting provider would result in a delay that would worsen the emergency or if a provision of federal, state, or local law requires the use of a specific provider.
B. If a participating provider or other authorized representative of a health insurance issuer or health benefit plan authorizes emergency services, the MNRO shall not subsequently retract its authorization after the emergency services have been provided or reduce payment for an item, treatment, or service furnished in reliance upon approval, unless the approval was based upon a material omission or misrepresentation about the covered person's health condition made by the provider of emergency services.
C. Coverage of emergency services shall be subject to state and federal laws as well as contract or policy provisions, including copayments or coinsurance and deductibles.
D. For immediately required post-evaluation or post-stabilization services, an MNRO shall provide access to an authorized representative twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to facilitate review.
Acts 1999, No. 401, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.
NOTE: See Acts 1999, No. 401, §2, regarding applicability.
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