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Section 500.3405

THE INSURANCE CODE OF 1956 (EXCERPT)
Act 218 of 1956


500.3405 Prudent purchaser agreements with providers of hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services; disability insurance policies; rates; discrimination prohibited; prior contracts and renewal; optometry, chiropractic, and physical therapy service.

Sec. 3405.

(1) For the purpose of doing business as an organization under the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63, an insurer authorized in this state to write disability insurance that provides coverage for hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care benefits may enter into prudent purchaser agreements with providers of hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services pursuant to this section and the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.51 to 550.63.

(2) An insurer may offer disability insurance policies under which the insured persons shall be required, as a condition of coverage, to obtain hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom a policy described in this subsection is offered shall also be offered a policy that does not do any of the following:

(a) As a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Give a financial advantage or other advantage to an insured person who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(3) An insurer may offer disability insurance policies under which insured persons who elect to obtain hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements realize a financial advantage or other advantage by selecting providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. Policies offered under this subsection shall not, as a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain hospital, nursing, medical, surgical, or sick-care services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements. A person to whom a policy described in this subsection is offered shall also be offered a policy that does not do any of the following:

(a) As a condition of coverage, require insured persons to obtain services exclusively from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(b) Give a financial advantage or other advantage to an insured person who elects to obtain services from health care providers who have entered into prudent purchaser agreements.

(4) An insurer shall not charge rates for coverage under policies issued under this section that are unreasonably lower than what is necessary to meet the expenses of the insurer for providing this coverage and that have an anticompetitive effect or result in predatory pricing in relation to prudent purchaser agreement coverages offered by other organizations.

(5) An insurer shall not discriminate against a class of health care providers when entering into prudent purchaser agreements with health care providers for its provider panel. This subsection does not do any of the following:

(a) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel consisting of a single class of providers if a service provided for in the specifications of a purchaser may legally be provided only by a single class of providers.

(b) Prohibit the formation of a provider panel that conforms to the specifications of a purchaser of the coverage authorized by this section if the specifications do not exclude any class of health care providers who may legally perform the services included in the coverage.

(c) Require an organization that has uniformly applied the standards filed under section 3(3) of the prudent purchaser act, 1984 PA 233, MCL 550.53, to contract with any individual provider.

(6) Nothing in 1984 PA 280 applies to any contract that is in existence before December 20, 1984, or the renewal of that contract.

(7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of optometry, an insurer is not required to provide coverage or reimburse for a practice of optometry service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of optometry under section 17401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17401, as of May 20, 1992.

(8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic, an insurer is not required to provide coverage or reimburse for a practice of chiropractic service unless that service was included in the definition of practice of chiropractic under section 16401 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16401, as of January 1, 2009.

(9) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, if coverage under a prudent purchaser agreement provides for benefits for services that are provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, an insurer is not required to provide coverage or reimburse for services provided by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant unless that service was provided by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist pursuant to a prescription from a health care professional who holds a license issued under part 166, 170, 175, or 180 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16601 to 333.16648, 333.17001 to 333.17084, 333.17501 to 333.17556, and 333.18001 to 333.18058, or the equivalent license issued by another state.


History: Add. 1984, Act 280, Imd. Eff. Dec. 20, 1984 ;-- Am. 1989, Act 137, Eff. Jan. 3, 1990 ;-- Am. 1994, Act 438, Eff. Mar. 30, 1995 ;-- Am. 2009, Act 227, Imd. Eff. Jan. 5, 2010 ;-- Am. 2014, Act 263, Imd. Eff. July 1, 2014
Compiler's Notes: Senate Bill No. 493 was not enacted into law by the 87th Legislature.
Popular Name: Act 218


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