Billing for Sexual Assault Forensic
State law prohibits health care facilities from billing sexual assault patients, either directly or indirectly, for the cost of gathering sexual assault evidence. (See Appendix A).
Health care facilities are required by law to bill the costs of gathering sexual assault evidence to the CT Judicial Branch, Office of Victim Services. (See Appendix A).
For the purposes of billing requirements, gathering sexual assault evidence means:
The opening of the Kit during the examination of any victim, or
If the victim is age seventeen or younger, the completion of the Forms and the physical examination for evidence and/or signs of sexual assault whenever the completion of the Kit is deemed inappropriate.
The Commission will establish a payment amount to represent the costs of gathering evidence, and shall notify health care facilities of that amount and of any changes in that amount.
Assistance may be available (for other expenses) not covered under CGS § 19a-112a(e). (See Appendix H).
See Appendix C for the Information for Victims of Sexual Assault and Their Families Booklet (Booklet). The Booklet contains information on medical care, compensation, and the billing process.
Development of Internal Procedures
Each health care facility that provides for the collection of sexual assault evidence should develop internal procedures for the processing of bills which are subject to the above billing requirements.
Processing procedures should include:
A method for identifying subject bills.
A method for the documenting on the bill (e.g., UB92) that evidence was gathered during the exam. (See Bill Submission Requirements below).
A method for ensuring that the CT Judicial Branch, Office of Victim Services, is designated as the primary payor on subject bills.
The designation of at least one person in the billing department to be informed […]