§ 44–302.01. Specialists as primary care providers.
(a) A health benefits plan shall permit a member with chronic disabling or life threatening conditions to choose a health care specialist as the member’s primary care provider. The specialist must be a participant in the health benefits plan and be available to attend to the member.
(b) A specialist chosen by a member pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, shall be permitted to treat the member without the member first receiving a referral from another health care provider. The specialist may authorize referrals, procedures, tests, and medical services subject to the terms of a treatment plan developed by the specialist and approved by the insurer.
(c) A health benefits plan shall permit a member with a chronic disabling or life threatening condition to have direct access to a specialist qualified to treat the condition, subject to initial referral by the member’s primary care provider and a treatment plan approved by the member’s primary care provider. Such treatment plan shall ensure that the member will receive covered medically necessary procedures, tests, and medical services.