Utah Admin. Code R590-261-10 - Standard Independent Review
(a) Upon receipt of a request for an independent review, the commissioner shall send a copy of the request to the carrier for an eligibility review.
(b) Within five business days following receipt of the copy of the request, the carrier shall determine whether:
(i) the individual is or was an insured in the health benefit plan at the time of rescission or the health care service was requested or provided;
(ii) if a health care service is the subject of the adverse benefit determination, the health care service is a covered expense;
(iii) the claimant has exhausted the carrier's internal review process; and
(iv) the claimant has provided all the information and forms required to process an independent review.
(i) Within one business day after completion of the eligibility review, the carrier shall notify the commissioner and claimant in writing whether:
(A) the request is complete; and
(B) the request is eligible for independent review.
(ii) If the request:
(A) is not complete, the carrier shall inform the claimant and commissioner in writing what information or materials are needed to make the request complete; or
(B) is not eligible for independent review, the carrier shall:
(I) inform the claimant and commissioner in writing the reasons for ineligibility; and
(II) inform the claimant that the determination may be appealed to the commissioner.
(i) The commissioner may determine that a request is eligible for independent review notwithstanding the carrier's initial determination that the request is ineligible and require that the request be referred for independent review.
(ii) In making the determination in (d)(i), the commissioner's decision shall be made in accordance with the terms of the insured's health benefit plan and shall be subject to all applicable provisions of this rule.
(2) Upon receipt of the carrier's determination that the request is eligible for an independent review, the commissioner shall:
(a) assign on a random basis an independent review organization from the list of approved independent review organizations based on the nature of the health care service that is the subject of the review;
(b) notify the carrier of the assignment and that the carrier shall within five business days provide to the assigned independent review organization the documents and any information considered in making the adverse benefit determination; and
(c) notify the claimant that the request has been accepted and that the claimant may submit additional information to the independent review organization within five business days of receipt of the commissioner's notification. The independent review organization shall forward to the carrier within one business day of receipt any information submitted by the claimant.
(3) Within 45 calendar days after receipt of the request for an independent review, the independent review organization shall provide written notice of its decision to uphold or reverse the adverse benefit determination to:
(a) the claimant;
(b) the carrier; and
(c) the commissioner.
(4) Within one business day of receipt of notice that an adverse benefit determination has been overturned, the carrier shall:
(a) approve the coverage that was the subject of the adverse benefit determination; and
(b) process any benefit that is due.
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