Except as provided in this article, the Official Medical Fee Schedule applies to all covered medical services provided, referred or prescribed by physicians (as defined in Section 3209.3 of the Labor Code), regardless of the type of facility in which the medical services are performed, including clinic and hospital-based physicians working on a contract basis. The Schedule shall not apply to inpatient medical services provided by employees of a health facility, medical-legal expenses authorized under Section 4621 of the Labor Code, and medical expenses payable pursuant to Section 9795. Nothing contained in this schedule shall preclude any hospital as defined in subdivisions (a), (b), or (f) of Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code, or any surgical facility which is licensed under subdivision (b) of Section 1204 of the Health and Safety Code, or any ambulatory surgical center that is certified to participate in the Medicare program under Title XVIII (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1395 et seq.) of the federal Social Security Act, or any surgical clinic accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), from charging and collecting a facility fee for the use of the emergency room or operating room of the facility.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 133, 4603.5, 5307.1 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 4600, 4603.2 and 5307.1, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of section and new Note filed 10-7-93; operative 1-1-94 (Register 93, No. 41). This filing is exempt from much of the APA (including OAL review) pursuant to Government Code section 11351.
2. Amendment filed 10-11-95; operative 10-11-95. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 95, No. 41).
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