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40-4602. Same; definitions. As used in this act:

(a) "Emergency medical condition" means the sudden and, at the time, unexpected onset of a health condition that requires immediate medical attention, where failure to provide medical attention would result in serious impairment to bodily functions or serious dysfunction of a bodily organ or part, or would place the person's health in serious jeopardy.

(b) "Emergency services" means ambulance services and health care items and services furnished or required to evaluate and treat an emergency medical condition, as directed or ordered by a physician.

(c) "Health benefit plan" means any hospital or medical expense policy, health, hospital or medical service corporation contract, a plan provided by a municipal group-funded pool, a policy or agreement entered into by a health insurer or a health maintenance organization contract offered by an employer or any certificate issued under any such policies, contracts or plans. "Health benefit plan" does not include policies or certificates covering only accident, credit, dental, disability income, long-term care, hospital indemnity, medicare supplement, specified disease, vision care, coverage issued as a supplement to liability insurance, insurance arising out of a workers compensation or similar law, automobile medical-payment insurance, or insurance under which benefits are payable with or without regard to fault and which is statutorily required to be contained in any liability insurance policy or equivalent self-insurance.

(d) "Health insurer" means any insurance company, nonprofit medical and hospital service corporation, municipal group-funded pool, fraternal benefit society, health maintenance organization, or any other entity which offers a health benefit plan subject to the Kansas Statutes Annotated.

(e) "Insured" means a person who is covered by a health benefit plan.

(f) "Participating provider" means a provider who, under a contract with the health insurer or with its contractor or subcontractor, has agreed to provide one or more health care services to insureds with an expectation of receiving payment, other than coinsurance, copayments or deductibles, directly or indirectly from the health insurer.

(g) "Provider" means a physician, hospital or other person which is licensed, accredited or certified to perform specified health care services.

(h) "Provider network" means those participating providers who have entered into a contract or agreement with a health insurer to provide items or health care services to individuals covered by a health benefit plan offered by such health insurer.

(i) "Physician" means a person licensed by the state board of healing arts to practice medicine and surgery.

History: L. 1997, ch. 190, ยง 17; July 1.

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