No health benefit plan subject to the provisions of this chapter shall terminate the services, reduce capitation payment, or otherwise penalize an attending physician, certified nurse midwife, or other health care provider who orders medical care consistent with this chapter. No health benefit plan shall provide, directly or indirectly, any financial incentive or disincentive or grant or deny any special favor or advantage of any kind or nature to any person to encourage or cause early discharge of a hospital patient from postpartum care, excluding capitation or global fee arrangements. Provided nothing contained in this chapter is intended to expand the list or designation of covered providers as specified in any health benefit plan or to modify the scope of practice of a certified nurse midwife as provided by law.

(Acts 1996, No. 96-578, p. 915, §3.)

Terms Used In Alabama Code 27-48-3

  • HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN: A health insurance policy that covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses, health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, medical service organizations, physician-hospital organizations, or any other person, firm, corporation, joint venture, or other similar business entity that pays for, purchases, or furnishes health care services to patients, insureds, or beneficiaries in this state. See Alabama Code 27-48-1
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1