Public Chapter 201

SENATE BILL NO. 331

By Springer

Substituted for: House Bill No. 357

By White, Eckles

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 56, relative to authorization for health care services.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 56, Chapter 2, Part 1, is amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Section __. If verbal authorization is given to a health care provider, insured, or enrollee for medical care under any individual, franchise, blanket or group health insurance policy, medical service plan or contract, hospital service corporation contract, hospital and medical service corporation contract, fraternal benefit society, health maintenance organization, or managed care organization, such verbal authorization shall be confirmed by written authorization, facsimile transmission, or verbally by means of a confirmation number or other confirmation code.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming law, the public welfare requiring it.