Utah Admin. Code R590-261-11 - Expedited Independent Review
(1) An expedited independent review process shall be available if the adverse benefit determination:
(a) involves a medical condition of the insured which would seriously jeopardize the life or health of the insured or would jeopardize the insured's ability to regain maximum function;
(b) in the opinion of the insured's attending provider, would subject the insured to severe pain that cannot be adequately managed without the care or treatment that is the subject of the adverse benefit determination; or
(c) concerns an admission, availability of care, continued stay or health care service for which the insured received emergency services, but has not been discharged from a facility.
(a) Upon receipt of a request for an expedited independent review, the commissioner shall immediately send a copy of the request to the carrier for an eligibility review.
(b) Immediately upon receipt of the request, the carrier shall determine whether:
(i) the individual is or was an insured in the health benefit plan at the time the health care service was requested or provided;
(ii) the health care service that is the subject of the adverse benefit determination is a covered expense; and
(iii) the claimant has provided all the information and forms required to process an expedited independent review.
(i) The carrier shall immediately notify the commissioner and claimant whether:
(A) the request is complete; and
(B) the request is eligible for an expedited 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 an expedited independent review notwithstanding the carrier's initial determination that the request is ineligible and shall require that the request be referred for an expedited 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.
(3) Upon receipt of the carrier's determination that the request is eligible for an independent review, the commissioner shall immediately:
(a) assign an independent review organization from the list of approved independent review organizations;
(b) notify the carrier of the assignment and that the carrier shall within one business day provide to the assigned independent review organization all documents and information considered in making the adverse benefit determination; and
(c) notify the claimant that the request has been accepted and that the claimant may within one business day submit additional information to the independent review organization. The independent review organization shall forward to the carrier within one business day of receipt any information submitted by the claimant.
(a) The independent review organization shall as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours after receipt of the request for an expedited independent review, make a decision to uphold or reverse the adverse benefit determination and shall notify:
(i) the carrier;
(ii) the claimant; and
(iii) the commissioner.
(b) If notice of the independent review organization's decision is not in writing, the independent review organization shall provide written confirmation of its decision within 48 hours after the date of the notification of the decision.
(5) 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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