Friday, June 21, 2013

New Laws Cut Red Tape Getting Between You and Your Doctor

Several bills signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Perry cut through red tape and streamline medical care in physician offices, allowing doctors more time to focus on patients and less time tangled up in paperwork. Here’s a look at a few of these laws:

  • Senate Bill 1216 by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) and Rep. Sara Davis (R-West University Place), and Senate Bill 644 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), will dramatically reduce the number of preauthorization forms currently used for medical services and prescriptions. All health insurers and government payers like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) require preauthorization of medical services and many prescriptions before patients can receive care, but they don’t use one form; instead each uses a wide variety of different forms ― sometimes up to 50. Doctors have to employ extra staff to juggle all these forms. This legislation will help reduce administrative cost and hassles by creating two standardized preauthorization forms that all health insurers, Medicaid, and CHIP will use for preauthorizations. SB 1216 creates one standard form for medical and health services preauthorizations, while SB 644 creates one form for prescription preauthorizations. Reducing administrative cost reduces costs for everyone ― but more important, it ensures patients receive their medical service in a more timely manner.
  • The next time patients check into a physician’s office, they will have less paperwork to fill out thanks to Senate Bill 166 by Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville) and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio). The law allows doctors’ office staff to swipe patients’ Texas driver licenses to get the basic information needed when they check in.  “The legislation is a win-win for Texas’ patients and the physicians who care for them,” said Bernard “Buddy” Swift, MD, an occupational medicine specialist who owns Texas MedClinic, a chain of 14 urgent care and occupational medical clinics in Central Texas. “This law will reduce red tape, increase efficiency, and improve the accuracy of patient information entered into the patient’s medical record.”

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