POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 2:16pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — Starting Sept. 1st, healthcare providers and physicians will be able to swipe patients drivers license to check them into their facility.
Since 2007, Texas hospitals have the option to check patients in through their driver's license.
But, healthcare providers and physcians were prohibited.
Both insurance agents and urgent care doctors feel this will be a positive addition.
They say it will help reduce health care fraud and speed up the check in process.
The Texas Medical Association were big supporters of this bill, Senate bill 166.
President of the Association Dr. Stephen Brotherton says this new law will allow their doctors to be able to spend more time with the patient's and less time filling out pages and pages of paperwork.
"This one just allows us to get people through the door a little easier, it doesn't sound like much, but if you repeat that 50 times in an office day for me or my partners it adds up to a fair amount of time."
Dr. Benjamin Constante at Momentum Urgent Care agrees this will be a quicker method to check patients in, and eliminate error filling out patient information on the doctor's end.
Constante says in urgent care your constantly moving patient's in and out.
"When you can't read someone's hand writing and you put down the wrong number or have a situation where patient's say something and it's misinterpreted and you enter it wrong into the computer, things like that."
Mark Everett with Hillard Box Insurance says this new law will help protect patient's from healthcare insurance fraud.
"We've all heard the stories about how people will go in and receive services hand them someone else's insurance card and the insurance carrier they don't know they just pay the claim so I think it will help with that a lot."