2010 Tennessee Code
Title 56 - Insurance
Chapter 7 - Policies and Policyholders
Part 24 - Mandated Scope of Practice
56-7-2404 - Reimbursable services within scope of practice of chiropractor Discrimination prohibited.

56-7-2404. Reimbursable services within scope of practice of chiropractor Discrimination prohibited.

(a)  (1)  Whenever any policy of insurance issued in this state provides for reimbursement for any service that is within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed chiropractor, the insured or other person entitled to benefits under the policy shall be entitled to reimbursement for the services, whether the services are performed by a duly licensed medical physician or by a duly licensed chiropractor, notwithstanding any provision contained in the policy.

     (2)  Whenever any insurance subscribers under any sickness and accident, medical service plan, hospital service contract or hospital and medical service contract, as provided under chapters 26-29 of this title or any similar statutes, or any other persons covered by the plan or contract, are entitled to reimbursement for any services that are within the lawful scope of practice of a duly licensed chiropractor, the subscriber or other person shall be entitled to reimbursement for the services, whether the services are performed by a duly licensed medical physician or a duly licensed chiropractor, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any other statute or in the plan or contract; and duly licensed chiropractors shall be entitled to participate in the plans or contracts providing for the services to the same extent and subject to the same limitations as duly licensed medical physicians.

(b)  This section shall not be construed as enlarging the scope of practice of chiropractic or the requiring of any insurance policy, medical service plan, hospital service contract or hospital and medical service contract to provide for spinal, neurological or musculoskeletal care.

(c)  This section shall apply to all policies or plans issued or renewed on and after July 1, 1981.

[Acts 1981, ch. 127, §§ 1, 2, 4, 5; 1992, ch. 984, § 2; T.C.A., § 56-7-116.]  

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