Utah Admin. Code R410-14-20 - MCO Grievance and Appeal System

(1) The procedures in Section R410-14-20 apply only to appeals or requests for agency action arising from actions taken by an MCO.
(2) For this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Adverse benefit determination" means one of the following actions by an MCO:
(i) the denial or limited authorization of a requested service, including the type and level of services, requirements for medical necessity, appropriateness, setting, or effectiveness of a covered benefit;
(ii) the reduction, suspension, or termination of a previously authorized service;
(iii) the denial, in whole or in part, of payment for a service;
(iv) the failure to provide services in a timely manner;
(v) the failure to act within the time frames provided in 42 CFR 438.408(b);
(vi) the denial of a request by a Medicaid enrollee who is a resident of a rural area with only one MCO to exercise the enrollee's right under 42 CFR 438.52(b)(2)(ii) to obtain services outside of the network;
(vii) the denial of an enrollee's request to dispute a financial liability, including cost sharing, copayments, premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and other enrollee financial liabilities; or
(viii) the restriction of a Medicaid enrollee that utilize services at a frequency or amount that are not medically necessary, in accordance with state utilization guidelines.
(b) "Appeal" means a review by an MCO of an action as defined in Section R410-14-20 or a request for DIH to review a final decision made by an MCO as a result of the MCO's appeal process.
(c) "Grievance" means an expression of dissatisfaction about any matter other than an adverse benefit determination. Grievances may include the quality of care or services provided, and aspects of interpersonal relationships such as rudeness of a provider or employee, or failure to respect the enrollee's rights regardless of whether remedial action is requested. Grievance includes an enrollee's right to dispute an extension of time proposed by the MCO to make an authorization decision.
(d) "Grievance and appeal system" means the processes the MCO implements to handle appeals of an action and grievances.
(e) "Party" means the agency, or other person commencing an adjudicative proceeding, respondents, and any MCO who is or may be obligated to pay a claim or provide a benefit or service to a member.
(3) An MCO shall establish a grievance and appeal system in accordance with this rule, 42 CFR 431.200 et seq. and 438.400 et seq. and the MCO's contractual obligations entered into with DIH.
(4) The MCO grievance and appeal system shall include a written internal grievance and appeal procedure for aggrieved person to challenge an action by the MCO.
(5) The MCO shall provide to its enrollees and providers written information that explains the grievance and appeal procedure including a right to request a state fair hearing in accordance with this rule.
(6) The MCO's notice of action shall comply with the requirements set forth in Section R410-14-3, 42 CFR 438.402, and 42 CFR 438.404.
(7) The MCO's written notice of final decision shall comply with the requirements set forth in 42 CFR 438.408 and include an explanation of the aggrieved person's right to a state fair hearing pursuant to this rule.
(8)
(a) Unless otherwise stated in this section, an aggrieved party may appeal an MCO final written disposition on an action by requesting a state fair hearing in accordance with this rule. The hearing request must include a copy of the final written notice of the MCO disposition.
(b) An aggrieved person must exhaust the MCO grievance and appeal procedure before requesting a state fair hearing for an action other than the restriction of a Medicaid enrollee. In the case of an MCO that fails to adhere to the notice and timing requirements in 42 CFR 438.400 et seq., the enrollee is considered to have exhausted the MCO's appeals process. The hearing request must include a copy of the final written notice of the MCO decision.
(c) The aggrieved party must request a hearing within 120 days from the date of the MCO final written notice of the decision.
(d)
(i) If an appeal is based on a dispute regarding the payment liability between two or more MCOs, the aggrieved person is not required to exhaust the MCO grievance procedure for each MCO before requesting a state fair hearing under this rule.
(ii) If DIH identifies an MCO that may be liable to pay the claim and did not participate in the underlying grievance procedure, it shall send notice to that MCO that it may be subject to liability and its right to participate in the state fair hearing.
(iii) If more than one MCO is party to the state fair hearing, DIH shall provide a notice to all parties that shall include the identity of all parties, the reason for the dispute, a copy of the hearing request, and a statement that the MCO that did not participate in the underlying grievance and appeal procedure may be subject to payment liability and its right to participate in the state fair hearing.
(e) DIH may, but is not required to, file an answer or other response or position statement in the hearing proceeding at any time so long as it gives notice to other parties no less than five days before the hearing. If DIH chooses not to file a response or position statement, it does not waive its right to participate in the hearing.
(9)
(a) If the MCO or state fair hearing officer reverses a decision to deny, limit, or delay services that were not furnished while the appeal was pending, the MCO must authorize or provide the disputed services promptly and as expeditiously as the enrollee's health condition requires, but before 72 hours from the date it receives notice reversing the determination.
(b) If the MCO or state fair hearing officer reverses a decision to deny authorization of services and the enrollee received the disputed services while the appeal was pending, the MCO or the state must pay for those services in accordance with state policy and rules.

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Utah Admin. Code R410-14-20
Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2016-5, effective 2/10/2016 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2018-12, effective 5/29/2018 Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2023-08, effective 3/30/2023

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