(a) For the purposes of this section, “licensed midwives” means any midwife licensed under § 23-13-9.
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-31. Insurance coverage for services of licensed midwives
- Health care facility: means an institution providing health care services or a health care setting, including, but not limited to, hospitals and other licensed inpatient centers, ambulatory surgical or treatment centers, skilled nursing centers, residential treatment centers, diagnostic, laboratory and imaging centers, and rehabilitation and other therapeutic health settings. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-1.1
- provider: means a health care professional or a health care facility. See Rhode Island General Laws 27-18-1.1
(b) Every individual or group hospital or medical expense insurance policy or individual or group hospital or medical services plan contract delivered, issued for delivery, or renewed in this state shall provide coverage for the services of licensed midwives in accordance with each health insurers’ respective principles and mechanisms of reimbursement credentialing and contracting if the services are within the licensed midwives’ area of professional competence as defined by regulations promulgated pursuant to § 23-13-9, and are currently reimbursed when rendered by any other licensed health care provider. No insurer or hospital or medical service corporation may require supervision, signature, or referral by any other health care provider as a condition of reimbursement, except when those requirements are also applicable to other categories of health care providers. No insurer or hospital or medical service corporation or patient may be required to pay for duplicate services actually rendered by both a licensed midwife and any other health care provider. Direct payment for licensed midwives will be contingent upon services rendered in a licensed health care facility and for services rendered in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the department of health; provided, that this provision shall not prohibit payment for services pursuant to § 42-62-26 or for other services reimbursed by third party payors.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 168, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 292, § 33.)