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TITLE 41
INSURANCE
CHAPTER 59
IDAHO HEALTH CARRIER EXTERNAL REVIEW ACT
 41-5908. standard external review. (1) Within four (4) months after the date of issuance of a notice of a final adverse benefit determination pursuant to section 41-5905, Idaho Code, a covered person may file a request for an external review with the director. The request shall be made on such form as may be designated by the director.
(2)  Within seven (7) days after the date of receipt of a request for external review pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the director shall send a copy of the request to the health carrier.
(3)  Within fourteen (14) days following the date of receipt of the copy of the external review request from the director pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, the health carrier shall complete a preliminary review of the request to determine whether:
(a)  The individual is or was a covered person in the health benefit plan at the time the health care service was requested or, in the case of a post service review, was a covered person in the health benefit plan at the time the health care service was provided;
(b)  The health care service that is the subject of the final adverse benefit determination is a covered service under the covered person's health benefit plan, but for a determination by the health carrier that the health care service is not covered because it does not meet the health carrier's requirements for medical necessity, appropriateness, health care setting, level of care, effectiveness or the service or supply is investigational;
(c)  The covered person has exhausted the health carrier's internal grievance process as set forth in the covered person's health benefit plan, unless the covered person is not required to exhaust the health carrier's internal grievance process pursuant to section 41-5907, Idaho Code; and
(d)  The covered person has provided all the information and forms required to process an external review, including the release form provided under section 41-5905(2)(d), Idaho Code.
(4)  Within five (5) business days after completion of the preliminary review, the health carrier shall notify the director and covered person in writing whether the request is complete and whether the request is eligible for external review.
(5)  If the request is not complete, the health carrier shall inform the covered person and the director in writing and include in the notice what information or materials are needed to make the request complete.
(6)  If the request is not eligible for external review, the health carrier shall inform the covered person and the director in writing and include in the notice the reasons for its ineligibility.
(7)  The director may prescribe by rule the form for the health carrier's notice of initial determination under this section and any supporting information to be included in the notice. The notice of initial determination shall include a statement informing the covered person that a health carrier's initial determination that the external review request is ineligible for review, may be appealed to the director.
(8)  The director may determine that a request is eligible for external review notwithstanding a health carrier's initial determination that the request is ineligible and require that it be referred for external review. The director's decision shall be made in accordance with the applicable procedural requirements of this chapter and the terms and conditions of the covered person's health benefit plan.
(9)  Whenever the director receives a notice that a request is eligible for external review following the preliminary review conducted pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, within seven (7) days after the date of receipt of the notice, the director shall:
(a)  Assign an independent review organization from the list of approved independent review organizations compiled and maintained by the director pursuant to section 41-5911, Idaho Code, to conduct the external review and notify the health carrier of the name of the assigned independent review organization; and
(b)  Notify, in writing, the covered person of the request’s eligibility and acceptance for external review.
(c)  The director shall include in the notice provided to the covered person a statement that the covered person may submit, in writing, to the assigned independent review organization within seven (7) days following the date of receipt of the notice provided pursuant to subsection (9)(b) of this section, additional information that the independent review organization shall consider when conducting the external review.
(10) In reaching a decision, the assigned independent review organization is not bound by the exercise of discretion or any decisions or conclusions reached during the health carrier's utilization review process or the health carrier's internal grievance process.
(11) Within fourteen (14) days after the date of receipt of the notice provided pursuant to subsection (9)(a) of this section, the health carrier or its designee utilization review organization shall provide to the assigned independent review organization the documents and any information considered in making the adverse benefit determination or final adverse benefit determination.
(12) Except as provided in subsection (13) of this section, failure by the health carrier or its utilization review organization to provide the documents and information within the time specified in subsection (11) of this section, shall not delay the conduct of the external review.
(13) If the health carrier or its utilization review organization fails to provide the documents and information within the time specified in subsection (11) of this section, the assigned independent review organization may terminate the external review and make a decision to reverse the adverse benefit determination or final adverse benefit determination.
(14) Within one (1) business day after making the decision to terminate the external review pursuant to subsection (13) of this section, the independent review organization shall notify the covered person, the health carrier and the director.
(15) The assigned independent review organization shall review all of the information and documents received pursuant to subsection (11) of this section, and any other information submitted in writing to the independent review organization by the covered person pursuant to subsection (9)(c) of this section; provided however, that if the covered person does submit new information in writing to the independent review organization pursuant to subsection (9)(c) of this section, then the health carrier is entitled to seven (7) days following its receipt thereof to submit additional responsive information to the internal review organization.
(16) Upon receipt of any information submitted by the covered person pursuant to subsection (9)(c) of this section, the assigned independent review organization shall within one (1) business day forward the information to the health carrier.
(17) Upon receipt of the information, if any, required to be forwarded pursuant to subsection (16) of this section, the health carrier may reconsider its adverse determination or final adverse benefit determination that is the subject of the external review. Reconsideration by the health carrier of its adverse determination or final adverse determination shall not delay or terminate the external review. The assigned independent review organization shall review all of the information and documents received pursuant to subsection (15) of this section.
(18) The external review may be terminated if the health carrier decides to reverse its final adverse benefit determination and provide coverage or payment for the health care service that is the subject of the final adverse benefit determination. Within two (2) business days after making the decision to reverse its final adverse benefit determination, the health carrier shall notify the covered person, the assigned independent review organization and the director in writing of its decision.
(19) In addition to the documents and information provided pursuant to subsection (11) of this section, the assigned independent review organization, to the extent the information or documents are available, shall consider the following in reaching a decision:
(a)  The covered person's medical records;
(b)  The attending health care professional's recommendation;
(c)  Consulting reports from appropriate health care professionals and other documents submitted by the health carrier, covered person or the covered person's treating provider;
(d)  The terms and conditions of coverage under the covered person's health benefit plan with the health carrier to ensure that the independent review organization's decision is controlled by the terms and conditions of coverage under the covered person's health benefit plan with the health carrier to the extent the health plan's terms and conditions are not in conflict with this chapter;
(e)  The most appropriate practice guidelines, which shall include the applicable evidence-based standards and may include any other practice guidelines developed by the federal government, national or professional medical societies, boards and associations, health carrier's internal guidelines and medical policies;
(f)  Any applicable clinical review criteria developed and used by the health carrier or its designee utilization review organization;
(g)  Medical or scientific evidence, as defined in section 41-5903(32), Idaho Code;
(h)  The opinion of the independent review organization's clinical reviewer or reviewers after considering paragraphs (a) through (g) of this subsection (19) to the extent the information or documents are available.
(20) Within forty-two (42) days after the date of receipt of the request for an external review, the assigned independent review organization shall provide written notice of its decision to uphold or reverse the final adverse benefit determination to the covered person, the health carrier and the director. The independent review organization shall include in the notice:
(a)  A general description of the reason for the request for external review;
(b)  The date the independent review organization received the assignment from the director to conduct the external review;
(c)  The date the external review was conducted;
(d)  The date of its decision;
(e)  The principal reason or reasons for its decision, including an explanation of the scientific or clinical judgment applied to reach its decision;
(f)  References to the evidence or documentation, including the evidence-based standards, considered in reaching its decision; and
(g)  References to the terms and conditions of the health benefit plan at issue, including an explanation of how its decision is consistent with them.
(21) The assignment by the director of an approved independent review organization to conduct an external review in accordance with this section shall be done on a random basis among those approved independent review organizations qualified to conduct the particular external review based on the nature of the health care service that is the subject of the final adverse benefit determination and other circumstances, including conflict of interest concerns pursuant to section 41-5912, Idaho Code.
(22)  Upon receipt of a notice of a decision pursuant to subsection (20) of this section reversing the adverse benefit determination or final adverse benefit determination, the health carrier shall approve as soon as reasonably practicable but not later than one (1) business day after receipt of the notice the coverage that was the subject of the adverse benefit determination or final adverse benefit determination.

History:
[41-5908, added 2009, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 247; am. 2011, ch. 122, sec. 6, p. 340.]

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