Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0800-02-06-.10 - SANCTIONS AND CIVIL PENALTIES

(1) Failure by an employer, insurer, third party administrator, or utilization review organization to comply with any requirement in this Chapter, 0800-02-06, including but not limited to applying utilization review when required, proper inclusion of the forms with notification of a denial, and complying with the timeframes and registration for utilization review, shall subject such party to a penalty of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) per violation at the discretion of the Administrator. The Bureau may also institute a temporary or permanent suspension of the right to perform utilization review services for workers' compensation claims, if the utilization review organization has established a pattern of violations. This includes licensing and specialty requirements for an Advisory Medical Practitioner as defined in 0800-02-06-.01(3) and timeframes for the provision of medical records and other required documentation in 0800-02-06-.06(5)(b).
(2) The penalty for failure to timely file the Form C-35 or Form C-36/C-37 in accordance with Rule 0800-02-06-.08 is twenty-five dollars ($25) for each fifteen (15) calendar days past the initiation deadlines listed above or conclusion of utilization review services, as applicable, per violation. The penalty for failure to file the annual report in accordance with Rule 0800-02-06.08 is twenty-five dollars ($25) for each fifteen (15) calendar days past the final date for filing the annual report.
(3) Use of utilization review by an employer, carrier, or utilization review organization in an excessive or punitive manner, including but not limited to unjustified, repetitive, or poorly-supported utilization review activity as determined by the Administrator, where there has been a documented pattern by the employer, carrier, or utilization review organization, including attempts to force closure or alteration in a claim status, shall subject such party to a penalty of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) per violation at the discretion of the Administrator.

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Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0800-02-06-.10
Original rule filed March 5, 1993; effective April 19, 1993. Amendment filed October 12, 2007; withdrawn December 12, 2007. Repeal and new rule filed August 14, 2009; effective November 12, 2009. Amendment filed December 26, 2013; effective March 26, 2014. Amendments filed October 31, 2016; effective January 29, 2017. Amendments filed July 1, 2022; effective 9/29/2022.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-314, 50-6-102, 50-6-118, 50-6-124, 50-6-126, and 50-6-233 and Public Chapters 282 & 289 (2013).

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