Texas Health and Safety Code § 61.031. Notification of Provision of Nonemergency Services
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(a) A county may require any provider, including a mandated provider, to obtain approval from the county before providing nonemergency health care services to an eligible county resident.
(b) If the county does not require prior approval and a provider delivers or will deliver nonemergency health care services to a patient who the provider suspects may be eligible for assistance under this subchapter, the provider shall notify the patient's county of residence that health care services have been or will be provided to the patient. The notice shall be made:
(1) by telephone not later than the 72nd hour after the provider determines the patient's county of residence; and
(2) by mail postmarked not later than the fifth working day after the date on which the provider determines the patient's county of residence.
(c) If the provider knows that the patient's county of residence has selected a mandated provider or if, after contacting the patient's county of residence, that county requests that the patient be transferred to a mandated provider, the provider shall transfer the patient to the mandated provider unless it is medically inappropriate to do so.
(d) Not later than the 14th day after the date on which the patient's county of residence receives sufficient information to determine eligibility, the county shall determine if the patient is eligible for assistance from that county. If the county does not determine the patient's eligibility within that period, the patient is considered to be eligible. The county shall notify the provider of its decision.
(e) If a provider delivers nonemergency health care services to a patient who is eligible for assistance under this subchapter and fails to comply with this section, the provider is not eligible for payment for the services from the patient's county of residence.
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