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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 459.012, Florida Statutes 2004

459.012  Itemized patient statement.--Whenever an osteopathic physician licensed under this chapter renders professional services to a patient, the osteopathic physician is required, upon request, to submit to the patient, the patient's insurer, or the administrative agency for any federal or state health program under which the patient is entitled to benefits an itemized statement of the specific services rendered and the charge for each, no later than the osteopathic physician's next regular billing cycle which follows the fifth day after the rendering of professional services. An osteopathic physician may not condition the furnishing of an itemized statement upon prior payment of the bill. Whenever the itemized statement is submitted to the patient's insurer or the administrative agency, a copy of the itemized statement shall simultaneously be provided to the patient. Such copy of the itemized statement which is sent to the patient shall, in boldfaced letters, state that: "THIS IS A DUPLICATE COPY OF A STATEMENT SUBMITTED TO YOUR INSURER OR OTHER AGENCY."

History.--s. 4, ch. 79-198; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 13, 27, 29, ch. 86-290; s. 4, ch. 91-429.