2. a. A general hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall not seek to obtain payment from a patient or any third party payer for costs associated with any of the following conditions or events subject to the hospital acquired condition payment policy for the Medicare program established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: transfusion reaction; air embolism; foreign body left during the procedure; surgery on the wrong side, wrong body part, or wrong person; or wrong surgery performed on a patient. Notwithstanding the payment prohibition in this subsection, the hospital shall file claim information that accurately reflects all services provided. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prohibit a hospital from seeking to obtain payment from a patient or any third party payer for any services that the hospital provides for which it is otherwise permitted to seek to obtain payment.
b.A general hospital shall be required to notify its patients of the provisions of this section.
c.Nothing in this section shall be construed to deny any party access to any existing payment appeals process.
d.In any civil action alleging professional negligence against a general hospital, the provisions of this section shall not modify the requirement, where applicable, for expert testimony in accordance with the established case law of this State.
e.The Commissioners of Health and Senior Services and Banking and Insurance shall collaborate in developing standards for general hospitals and third party payers to implement the provisions of this section.
L.2009, c.122, s.2.