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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 1. Administrative Director--Administrative Rules
Article 5.5.0. RULES For Medical Treatment Billing and Payment on or After October 15, 2011

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§9792.5.0. Definitions.

As used in this article:

(a) “Assignee” means a person or entity that has purchased the right to payments for medical goods or services from the health care provider or health care facility and is authorized by law to collect payment from the responsible payer.

(b) “Billing Agent” means a person or entity that has contracted with a health care provider or health care facility to process bills for services provided by the health care provider or health care facility.

(c) “Claims Administrator” means a self-administered insurer providing security for the payment of compensation required by Divisions 4 and 4.5 of the Labor Code, a self-administered self-insured employer, or a third-party administrator for a self-insured employer, insurer, legally uninsured employer, or joint powers authority.

(d) “Health Care Facility” means any facility as defined in Section 1250 of the Health and Safety Code, any surgical facility which is licensed under subdivision (b) of Section 1204 of the Health and Safety Code, any outpatient setting as defined in Section 1248 of the Health and Safety Code, any surgical facility accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the Licensing Division of the Medical Board of California pursuant to Health and Safety Code Sections 1248.15 and 1248.4, or any ambulatory surgical center or hospital outpatient department 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.

(e) “Health Care Provider” means a provider of medical treatment, goods and services provided pursuant to Labor Code section 4600, including but not limited to a physician, a non-physician or any other person or entity who furnishes medical treatment, goods or services in the normal course of business.

(f) “Physician” includes physicians and surgeons holding an M.D. or D.O. degree, psychologists, acupuncturists, optometrists, dentists, podiatrists, and chiropractic practitioners licensed by California state law and within the scope of their practice as defined by California state law.

(1) “Psychologist” means a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in psychology, or a doctoral degree deemed equivalent for licensure by the Board of Psychology pursuant to Section 2914 of the Business and Professions Code, and who either has at least two years of clinical experience in a recognized health setting or has met the standards of the National Register of the Health Service Providers in Psychology.

(2) “Acupuncturist” means a person who holds an acupuncturist's certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12 (commencing with Section 4925) of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 4603.4, 4603.5 and 5307.3, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 3209.3, 4603.2, 4603.4 and 5307.1, Labor Code.


1. New article 5.5.0 (sections 9792.5.0-9792.5.3) and section filed 4-18-2011; operative 4-18-2011 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2011, No. 16).

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