62M.05 Procedures for review determination.
Subdivision 1. Written procedures. A utilization review organization must have written procedures to ensure that reviews are conducted in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
Subd. 2. Concurrent review. A utilization review organization may review ongoing inpatient stays based on the severity or complexity of the enrollee's condition or on necessary treatment or discharge planning activities. Such review must not be consistently conducted on a daily basis.
Subd. 3. Notification of determinations. A utilization review organization must have written procedures for providing notification of its determinations on all certifications in accordance with this section.
Subd. 3a. Standard review determination. (a) Notwithstanding subdivision 3b, an initial determination on all requests for utilization review must be communicated to the provider and enrollee in accordance with this subdivision within ten business days of the request, provided that all information reasonably necessary to make a determination on the request has been made available to the utilization review organization.
(b) When an initial determination is made to certify, notification must be provided promptly by telephone to the provider. The utilization review organization shall send written notification to the provider or shall maintain an audit trail of the determination and telephone notification. For purposes of this subdivision, "audit trail" includes documentation of the telephone notification, including the date; the name of the person spoken to; the enrollee; the service, procedure, or admission certified; and the date of the service, procedure, or admission. If the utilization review organization indicates certification by use of a number, the number must be called the "certification number."
(c) When an initial determination is made not to certify, notification must be provided by telephone within one working day after making the determination to the attending health care professional and hospital and a written notification must be sent to the hospital, attending health care professional, and enrollee. The written notification must include the principal reason or reasons for the determination and the process for initiating an appeal of the determination. Upon request, the utilization review organization shall provide the provider or enrollee with the criteria used to determine the necessity, appropriateness, and efficacy of the health care service and identify the database, professional treatment parameter, or other basis for the criteria. Reasons for a determination not to certify may include, among other things, the lack of adequate information to certify after a reasonable attempt has been made to contact the provider or enrollee.
(d) When an initial determination is made not to certify, the written notification must inform the enrollee and the attending health care professional of the right to submit an appeal to the internal appeal process described in section 62M.06 and the procedure for initiating the internal appeal.
Subd. 3b. Expedited review determination. (a) An expedited initial determination must be utilized if the attending health care professional believes that an expedited determination is warranted.
(b) Notification of an expedited initial determination to either certify or not to certify must be provided to the hospital, the attending health care professional, and the enrollee as expeditiously as the enrollee's medical condition requires, but no later than 72 hours from the initial request. When an expedited initial determination is made not to certify, the utilization review organization must also notify the enrollee and the attending health care professional of the right to submit an appeal to the expedited internal appeal as described in section 62M.06 and the procedure for initiating an internal expedited appeal.
Subd. 4. Failure to provide necessary information. A utilization review organization must have written procedures to address the failure of a provider or enrollee to provide the necessary information for review. If the enrollee or provider will not release the necessary information to the utilization review organization, the utilization review organization may deny certification in accordance with its own policy or the policy described in the health benefit plan.
Subd. 5. Notification to claims administrator. If the utilization review organization and the claims administrator are separate entities, the utilization review organization must forward, electronically or in writing, a notification of certification or determination not to certify to the appropriate claims administrator for the health benefit plan.
* NOTE: The amendment to this section by Laws 1999, chapter *239, section 23, is effective April 1, 2000, and applies to *contracts issued or renewed on or after that date. Upon *request, the commissioner of health or commerce shall grant an *extension of up to three months to any health plan company or *utilization review organization that is unable to comply with *Laws 1999, chapter 239, sections 1, 3 to 42, and 43, paragraphs *(a) and (c) by April 1, 2000, due to circumstances beyond the *control of the health plan company or utilization review *organization. Laws 1999, chapter 239, section 44.