Utah Admin. Code R590-261-4 - Definitions

In addition to the definitions in Section 31A-1-301, the following definitions apply for purposes of this rule:

(a) "Adverse benefit determination" means:
(i) based on the carrier's requirements for medical necessity, appropriateness, health care setting, level of care, or effectiveness of a covered benefit, the:
(A) denial of a benefit;
(B) reduction of a benefit;
(C) termination of a benefit; or
(D) failure to provide or make payment, in whole or part, for a benefit; or
(ii) rescission of coverage.
(b) "Adverse benefit determination" includes:
(i) denial, reduction, termination, or failure to provide or make payment that is based on a determination of an insured's eligibility to participate in a health benefit plan;
(ii) failure to provide or make payment, in whole or part, for a benefit resulting from the application of a utilization review; and
(iii) failure to cover an item or service for which benefits are otherwise provided because it is determined to be:
(A) experimental;
(B) investigational; or
(C) not medically necessary or appropriate.
(2) "Carrier" means any person or entity that provides health insurance in this state including:
(a) an insurance company;
(b) a prepaid hospital or medical care plan;
(c) a health maintenance organization;
(d) a multiple employer welfare arrangement; and
(e) any other person or entity providing a health insurance plan under Title 31A.
(3) "Claimant" means an insured or legal representative of the insured, including a member of the insured's immediate family designated by the insured, making a claim under a policy.
(4) "Clinical reviewer" means a physician or other appropriate health care provider who:
(a) is an expert in the treatment of the insured's medical condition that is the subject of the review
(b) is knowledgeable about the recommended health care service or treatment through recent or current actual clinical experience treating patients with the same or similar medical condition;
(c) holds an appropriate license or certification; and
(d) has no history of disciplinary actions or sanctions.
(5) "Final adverse benefit determination" means an adverse benefit determination that has been upheld by a carrier at the completion of the carrier's internal review process.
(6) "Independent review" means a process that:
(a) is a voluntary option for the resolution of a final adverse benefit determination;
(b) is conducted at the discretion of the claimant;
(c) is conducted by an independent review organization designated by the commissioner;
(d) renders an independent and impartial decision on a final adverse benefit determination; and
(e) may not require the claimant to pay a fee for requesting the independent review.
(a) "Rescission" means a cancellation or discontinuance of coverage under a health benefit plan that has a retroactive effect.
(b) "Rescission" does not include a cancellation or discontinuance of coverage under a health benefit plan if the cancellation or discontinuance of coverage:
(i) has only a prospective effect; or
(ii) is effective retroactively to the extent it is attributable to a failure to timely pay required premiums or contributions towards the cost of coverage.


Utah Admin. Code R590-261-4

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