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PDFWAC 246-808-630

Full disclosure of cost of services.

(1) This rule shall apply to all representations made in public advertising regarding the provision of chiropractic services, including X-rays or chiropractic examinations, on a free basis or at a reduced cost. This rule shall also apply to all billings or other written or oral communications regarding charges for chiropractic services whether made to patients, third-party health care payors, or to any other person, firm, or governmental agency.
(2) When a chiropractic service is represented in public advertising as available without cost, or at a reduced cost, that service must be made available to everyone who wishes to take advantage of the offer on an equal basis. No charge may be made to any individual or third-party health care payor for any services which have been provided on a free basis.
(3) All billings to third-party payors for patients who are also being treated for an unrelated condition must fully disclose the additional treatment being provided and the charges for that treatment.
(4) Billings to patients or to third-party health care payors shall accurately reflect the actual charge to the patient, including any discounts, reduced fees, or waiver of copayment.
(5) Because of the potential element of fraud being present, advertising full or partial forgiveness of coinsurance shall be prohibited unless the insurance company is given accurate and complete information relating to the actual charge to the patient and that coinsurance has been fully or partially waived.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 18.25 RCW. WSR 96-16-074, ยง 246-808-630, filed 8/6/96, effective 9/6/96.]
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