Iowa Admin. Code r. 441-86.15 - Participating health and dental plans

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 12, December 15, 2021

(1) Licensure. The participating health or dental plan must:
a. Be licensed by the division of insurance of the department of commerce to provide health or dental care coverage in Iowa; or
b. Be an organized delivery system licensed by the director of public health to provide health or dental care coverage.
(2) Services. The participating health or dental plan shall provide coverage for the services specified in rule 441-86.14 (5141) to all children determined eligible.
a. The participating health or dental plan shall make services it provides to hawki enrollees at least as accessible to the enrollees (in terms of timeliness, duration and scope) as those services are accessible to other commercial enrollees in the area served by the health or dental plan.
b. Participating health plans shall ensure that emergency services (inpatient and outpatient) are available for treatment of an emergency medical condition 24 hours a day, seven days a week, either through the health plan's own providers or through arrangements with other providers.
c. If a participating health or dental plan does not provide statewide coverage, the health or dental plan shall participate in every county in which it is licensed and in which a provider network has been established.
(3) Premium tax. Premiums paid to participating health and dental plans by the department are exempt from premium tax.
(4) Provider network. The participating health or dental plan shall establish a network of providers. Providers contracting with the participating health or dental plan shall comply with hawki requirements, which shall include collecting copayments, if applicable.
(5) Identification cards. Identification cards shall be issued by the participating health or dental plan to the enrollees for use in securing covered services.
(6) Marketing.
a. Participating health and dental plans may not distribute directly or through an agent or independent contractor any marketing materials.
b. All marketing materials require prior approval from the department.
c. At a minimum, participating health and dental plans must provide the following material in writing or electronically:
(1) A current member handbook that fully explains the services available, how and when to obtain them, and special factors applicable to the hawki enrollees. At a minimum the handbook shall include covered services, network providers, exclusions, emergency services procedures, 24-hour toll-free number for certification of services, daytime number to call for assistance, appeal procedures, enrollee rights and responsibilities, and definitions of terms.
(2) All health and dental plan literature and brochures shall be available in English and any other language when enrollment in the health or dental plan by enrollees who speak the same non-English language equals or exceeds 10 percent of all enrollees in the health or dental plan .
d. All health and dental plan literature and brochures shall be approved by the department.
e. The participating health and dental plans shall not, directly or indirectly, conduct door-to-door, telephonic, or other "cold-call" marketing.
f. The participating health or dental plan may make marketing presentations at the discretion of the department.
(7) Appeal process. The participating health or dental plan shall have a written procedure by which enrollees may appeal issues concerning the health or dental care services provided through providers contracted with the health or dental plan and which:
a. Is approved by the department prior to use.
b. Acknowledges receipt of the appeal to the enrollee.
c. Establishes time frames which ensure that appeals be resolved within 45 days, except for appeals which involve emergency medical conditions, which shall be resolved within time frames appropriate to the situations.
d. Ensures the participation of persons with authority to take corrective action.
e. Ensures that the decision be made by a physician, dentist, or clinical peer not previously involved in the case.
f. Ensures the confidentiality of the enrollee.
g. Ensures issuance of a written decision to the enrollee for each appeal which shall contain an adequate explanation of the action taken and the reason for the decision.
h. Maintains a log of the appeals which is made available to the department at its request.
i. Ensures that the participating health or dental plan's written appeal procedures be provided to each newly covered enrollee.
j. Requires that the participating health or dental plan make quarterly reports to the department summarizing appeals and resolutions.
(8) Appeals to the department Rescinded lAB 1/13/99, effective 1/1/99.
(9) Records and reports. The participating health and dental plans shall maintain records and reports as follows:
a. The health or dental plan shall comply with the provisions of rule 441-79.3 (249A) regarding maintenance and retention of clinical and fiscal records and shall file a letter with the commissioner of insurance as described in Iowa Code section 228.7. In addition, the health or dental plan or subcontractor of the health or dental plan, as appropriate, must maintain a medical or dental records system that:
(1) Identifies each medical or dental record by hawki enrollee identification number.
(2) Maintains a complete medical or dental record for each enrollee.
(3) Provides a specific medical or dental record on demand.
(4) Meets state and federal reporting requirements applicable to the hawki program.
(5) Maintains the confidentiality of medical or dental records information and releases the information only in accordance with established policy below:
1. All medical and dental records of the enrollee shall be confidential and shall not be released without the written consent of the enrollee or responsible party.
2. Written consent is not required for the transmission of medical or dental records information to physicians, dentists, other practitioners, or facilities that are providing services to enrollees under a subcontract with the health or dental plan. This provision also applies to specialty providers who are retained by the health or dental plan to provide services which are infrequently used, which provide a support system service to the operation of the health or dental plan, or which are of an unusual nature. This provision is also intended to waive the need for written consent for department staff assisting in the administration of the program, reviewers from the peer review organization (PRO), monitoring authorities from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the health or dental plan itself, and other subcontractors which require information as described under numbered paragraph "5" below.
3. Written consent is not required for the transmission of medical or dental records information to physicians, dentists, or facilities providing emergency care pursuant to paragraph 86.15(2)"h."
4. Written consent is required for the transmission of the medical or dental records information of a former enrollee to any physician or dentist not connected with the health or dental plan.
5. The extent of medical or dental records information to be released in each instance shall be based upon a test of medical or dental necessity and a "need to know" on the part of the practitioner or a facility requesting the information.
6. Medical and dental records maintained by subcontractors shall meet the requirements of this rule.

EXCEPTION: Written consent is required for the transmission of medical records relating to substance abuse, HIV, or mental health treatment in accordance with state and federal laws.

b. Each health or dental plan shall provide at a minimum reports and plan information to the department as follows:
(1) A list of providers of services under the plan.
(2) Encounter data on a monthly basis as required by the department.
(3) Other information as directed by the department.
c. Each health or dental plan shall at a minimum provide reports and health or dental plan information to the department as follows:
(1) Information regarding the plan's appeal process.
(2) A plan for a health improvement program.
(3) Periodic financial, utilization and statistical reports as required by the department.
(4) Time-specific reports which define activity for child health care, appeals and other designated activities which may, at the department's discretion, vary among plans, depending on the services covered or other differences.
(5) Other information as directed by the department.
(10) System. The participating health or dental plan shall maintain data files that are compatible with the department's system.
(11) Payment to the participating health or dental plan.
a. In consideration for all services rendered by a health or dental plan, the health or dental plan shall receive a payment each month for each enrollee. This capitation rate represents the total obligation of the department with respect to the costs of medical or dental care and services provided to the enrollees.
b. The capitation rate shall be actuarially determined by the department July of 2000 and each fiscal year thereafter using statistics and data assumptions and relevant experience derived from similar populations.
c. The capitation rate does not include any amounts for the recoupment of losses suffered by the health or dental plan for risks assumed under the current or any previous contract. The health or dental plan accepts the rate as payment in full for the contracted services. Any savings realized by the health or dental plan due to lower utilization from a less frequent incidence of health or dental problems among the enrolled population shall be wholly retained by the health or dental plan.
d. If an enrollee has third-party coverage or a responsible party other than the hawki program available for purposes of payment for medical or dental expenses, it is the right and responsibility of the health or dental plan to investigate these third-party resources and attempt to obtain payment. The health or dental plan shall retain all funds collected through third-party sources. A complete record of all income from these sources must be maintained and made available to the department.
(12) Quality assurance. The health or dental plan shall have in effect an internal quality assurance system.

Notes

Iowa Admin. Code r. 441-86.15
ARC 8478B, IAB 1/13/10, effective 3/1/10; ARC 0837C, IAB 7/24/2013, effective 10/1/2013 Amended by IAB August 12, 2020/Volume XLIII, Number 4, effective 12/1/2020

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