|(a) This section applies to medical billing and reimbursement
for telemedicine and telehealth services provided on or after September
1, 2018, to injured employees in the Texas workers' compensation system,
including injured employees subject to a workers' compensation health
care network established under Insurance Code Chapter 1305.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "telemedicine services" means telemedicine medical
services as defined in Occupations Code §111.001; and
(2) "telehealth services" means telehealth services
as defined in Occupations Code §111.001.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section,
a health care provider must bill for telemedicine and telehealth services
according to applicable:
(1) Medicare payment policies, as defined in §134.203
of this title; and
(2) provisions of Chapter 133 of this title.
(d) A health care provider may bill and be reimbursed
for telemedicine or telehealth services regardless of where the injured
employee is located at the time the telemedicine or telehealth services
(e) The provisions of this section take precedence
over any conflicting provisions adopted or utilized by the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services in administering the Medicare program.