Through this program, medical facilities may be reimbursed for services related to forensic examinations on victims of sexually oriented crimes.
The 105th General Assembly amended the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act in 2007 to provide payment for services related to sexual assault forensic examinations.
The Fund provides reimbursement to a facility that performs sexual assault forensic exams on victims of certain sexually oriented crimes. Facilities must bill the Fund, not the victim, and cannot seek any additional payment from the victim after payment by the Fund.
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Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 29-13-118 provides that victims of certain sexually-oriented crimes shall be entitled to forensic medical examinations without charge.
No bill shall be submitted to a victim. Claims for forensic medical examinations may include services provided for a sexually-oriented crime by any:
Services may include those directly related to the collection of forensic materials for evidentiary purposes. Examination expenses may include:
Do not bill the patient/victim. The facility shall bill the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.
The SAFE Program can reimburse medical providers for the examination of victims of sexually oriented crimes under Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-13-502—39-13-506, 39-13-522, 39-13-531, 39-13-532, and 39-13-527 that occurred on or after July 1, 2007.
This may include an exam for a crime occurring in Tennessee whether or not it is performed for a Tennessee resident.
Payments for exams arising from crimes occurring outside Tennessee cannot be considered if that state has a forensic exam payment program which would pay any part of the expense.
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