Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has now signed CAP-supported direct billing legislation (HB 1221) into law, protecting patients from having a “mark-up” charge added to their laboratory bill by an ordering physician.
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the Colorado law ensures that patients are billed for anatomic pathology (AP) services only by the physician (pathologist) performing or supervising the service. In addition, any person receiving a bill in violation of the direct billing law may maintain an action to recover the actual amount paid for the bill.
Prior to the March 22 signing, the legislation unanimously passed both the state’s House of Representatives and the Senate. The College worked with the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists (CSCP) to pass the legislation. CSCP members Karim E. Sirgi, MD, FCAP, Ronald B. Lepoff, MD, FCAP, and Christopher Scott Bee, MD, FCAP, attended the bill signing (see photo). Colorado is now the 19th state to have a direct billing law.