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TITLE 41
INSURANCE
CHAPTER 59
IDAHO HEALTH CARRIER EXTERNAL REVIEW ACT
 41-5909. expedited external review. (1) A covered person may make a request for an expedited external review of a pre-service or concurrent service adverse benefit determination where the requested service meets the definition of an urgent care request and the covered person has exhausted the health carrier's internal grievance process or is entitled to request external review before exhausting the health carrier's internal grievance process as provided in section 41-5907, Idaho Code.
(2)  Upon receipt of a request for an expedited external review, the director shall send a copy of the request to the health carrier.
(3)  Upon receipt of the request pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, the health carrier shall determine, as soon as possible but not later than the second full business day thereafter, whether the carrier agrees that the request meets the reviewability requirements set forth in section 41-5908(3), Idaho Code. The health carrier shall notify the director and the covered person of its eligibility determination as soon as reasonably practicable but not later than one (1) business day after making the determination.
(a)  The director may prescribe by rule the form for the health carrier's notice of initial determination under this subsection and any supporting information to be included in the notice.
(b)  The notice of initial determination shall include a statement informing the covered person that a health carrier's initial determination that an external review request is ineligible for review, may be appealed to the director.
(4)  The director may determine that a request is eligible for external review pursuant to section 41-5908(3), Idaho Code, notwithstanding a health carrier's initial determination that the request is ineligible, and require that it be referred for external review. In making a determination under this subsection (4), 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.
(5)  Upon receipt of the notice that the request meets the reviewability requirements, the director shall assign an independent review organization to conduct the expedited external review from the list of approved independent review organizations compiled and maintained by the director pursuant to section 41-5911, Idaho Code. The director shall notify the health carrier and the covered person of the name of the assigned independent review organization.
(6)  In reaching a decision in accordance with subsection (9) of this section, the assigned independent review organization is not bound by the exercise of discretion or any decisions or conclusions reached during the health carrier's internal grievance process.
(7)  Upon receipt of the notice from the director of the name of the independent review organization assigned to conduct the expedited external review pursuant to subsection (5) of this section, the health carrier or its designee utilization review organization shall provide or transmit all necessary documents and information considered in making the adverse benefit determination and the final adverse benefit determination to the assigned independent review organization electronically or by telephone or facsimile or any other available expeditious method.
(8)  In addition to the documents and information provided or transmitted pursuant to subsection (7) of this section, the assigned independent review organization, to the extent the information or documents are available and the independent review organization considers them appropriate, shall consider the following in reaching a decision:
(a)  The covered person's pertinent 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 evidence-based standards, and may include any other practice guidelines developed by the federal government, national or professional medical societies, boards and associations, the health carrier's internal guidelines and medical policies;
(f)  Any applicable clinical review criteria developed and used by the health carrier or its designated utilization review organization in making the adverse benefit determination;
(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 (8) to the extent the information and documents are available.
(9)  As expeditiously as the covered person's medical condition or circumstances require, but in no event more than seventy-two (72) hours after the date of receipt of the request for an expedited external review that meets the reviewability requirements set forth in section 41-5908(3), Idaho Code, the assigned independent review organization shall:
(a)  Make a decision to uphold or reverse the final adverse benefit determination; and
(b)  Notify the covered person, the health carrier and the director of the decision.
(10) If the notice provided pursuant to subsection (9)(b) of this section was not in writing, within forty-eight (48) hours after the date of providing that notice, the assigned independent review organization shall:
(a)  Provide written confirmation of the decision to the covered person, the health carrier and the director, which shall include an explanation of the scientific or clinical judgment for the determination; and
(b)  Include the information set forth in section 41-5908(20), Idaho Code.
(11) Upon receipt of the notice of a decision pursuant to subsection (10) of this section reversing the final adverse benefit determination, the health carrier shall notify the director and the covered person of its intent to pay the covered benefit as soon as reasonably practicable but not later than one (1) business day after receiving the notice of decision.
(12) An expedited external review shall not be provided for post service final adverse benefit determinations.
(13) 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.

History:
[41-5909, added 2009, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 250; am. 2011, ch. 122, sec. 7, p. 343.]

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