The Texas Department of Insurance posted its Mental Health Parity Annual Report (PDF) online. The report includes information about mental health parity, consumer rights and protections, and health benefit plan issuer responsibilities.

The Texas Department of Insurance posted its “Ground Ambulance Billing Practices Report” (PDF) online. The report includes information about: 1) How ground ambulance providers handle encounters with patients. 2) Who is responsible for payment. 3) How services are billed.

Join us at 2 p.m. Central time September 29 for our one-hour CE webinar, Preauthorization exemption process. Get an overview of Texas House Bill 3459 and TDI’s rules outlining Texas’ first-of-its-kind prior authorization gold-carding measure. This permits some physicians to provide medical services without requesting prior authorization from the health plan. We’ll discuss processes for granting, denying, and rescinding preauthorization exemptions.

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) adopts a rule to update the Texas Standard Prior Authorization Request Form for Prescription Drug Benefits. The adopted rule and related form streamline the process for authorizing requests for continuation of therapy.