Bill Text: TX HB1278 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to services provided by freestanding emergency medical care facilities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-18 - Committee report sent to Calendars [HB1278 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1278-Comm_Sub.html
  86R20979 SRA-F
 
  By: White H.B. No. 1278
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 1278:
 
  By:  Ortega C.S.H.B. No. 1278
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to services provided by freestanding emergency medical
  care facilities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 254.001, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subdivisions (1) and (5) and adding Subdivision
  (1-a) to read as follows:
               (1)  "Acute care services" means outpatient medical
  services, including radiology services, laboratory services,
  immunization services, and other non-emergent physician services.
               (1-a)  "Department" means the Department of State
  Health Services.
               (5)  "Freestanding emergency medical care facility"
  means a facility, structurally separate and distinct from a
  hospital, that receives an individual and provides:
                     (A)  emergency care, as defined by Subdivision
  (2); and
                     (B)  acute care services, as defined by
  Subdivision (1).
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 254, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 254.156 to read as follows:
         Sec. 254.156.  CERTAIN FEES PROHIBITED. A facility that
  provides acute care services may not charge an emergency facility
  fee for providing the services.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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