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I'm sorry to take so long to get to you. There are no such federal laws. I have done some research and did not find any such Texas law either. The only thing I can gather is that Medicare ruling requires that 24 hours must pass between a visit and a procedure in order for a physician to be paid for both. If he performs a procedure on the same day (or within 24 hours) of an examination, he would most likely not be paid for the examination. This is not a new law, but whether a physician "eats" the examination and just performs the procedure depends on many factors (ease for patient, economic climate, etc.).
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Still waiting for a reply to my reply!
I sent you two replies so far..this makes three. In my first reply, I said my wife is not on Medicare (she's only 56), so your answer would not apply to her. I asked if maybe the same 24-hour requirement might be imposed by private insurers, such as the one she's with, Aetna. She has Aetna's "TRS Care" policy, which all Texas teachers get when they retire. (In my second reply, I merely said that I was still waiting for your reply.)
I don't know why you're not getting my replies, but I haven't yet accepted your answer because so far it is incomplete!
I continue to wait for you to complete your answer.
Sorry for the confusion.