File No. 34147

This rule was published in the March 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 6) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Health, Health Care Financing

Rule R410-14

Administrative Hearing Procedures

Change in Proposed Rule

DAR File No.: 34147
Filed: 03/01/2011 09:32:44 AM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

This change is based on more internal review within the Department to further update and better clarify administrative hearing procedures for the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing (DMHF).

Summary of the rule or change:

This change clarifies DMHF authority to determine the need for a hearing based on the principle of "disputed issue of fact." It also clarifies the procedures for a recipient to request a hearing, and specifies the authority of the presiding officer to conduct formal or informal hearings. This change further clarifies service procedures upon other named parties and specifies which party has the burden of proof in a formal proceeding. It also clarifies the rules of discovery and spells out DMHF policy to retain written records. This change also clarifies definitions in the text and makes other minor corrections. (DAR NOTE: This change in proposed rule has been filed to make additional changes to a proposed repeal and reenactment that was published in the November 1, 2010, issue of the Utah State Bulletin, on page 19. Underlining in the rule below indicates text that has been added since the publication of the proposed rule mentioned above; strike-out indicates text that has been deleted. You must view the change in proposed rule and the proposed repeal and reenactment together to understand all of the changes that will be enforceable should the agency make this rule effective.)

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 26-18-3
  • Section 26-1-5

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The Department does not anticipate any impact to the state budget because this change only updates and clarifies DMHF hearing procedures.

local governments:

There is no impact to local governments because they do not fund or provide Medicaid services to Medicaid clients.

small businesses:

The Department does not anticipate any fiscal impact to small businesses because this change only updates and clarifies DMHF hearing procedures.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The Department does not anticipate any fiscal impact to Medicaid providers and to Medicaid clients because this change only updates and clarifies DMHF hearing procedures.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no compliance costs to a single Medicaid provider or to a Medicaid client because this change only updates and clarifies DMHF hearing procedures.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The clarified hearing process proposed by this rule should have a positive fiscal impact on business by avoiding confusion.

W. David Patton, Acting Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Health
Health Care Financing
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Craig Devashrayee at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6641, by FAX at 801-538-6099, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

04/14/2011

This rule may become effective on:

04/21/2011

Authorized by:

David Patton, Acting Executive Director

RULE TEXT

R410. Health, Health Care Financing.

R410-14. Administrative Hearing Procedures.

R410-14-1. Introduction and Authority.

(1) This rule [outlines]sets forth the administrative hearing procedures for the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing.

(2) This rule is authorized by Section 26-1-24, Section 63G-4-102, 42 U.S.C. 1396(a)(3), and 42 CFR 431, Subpart E.

 

R410-14-2. Definitions.

(1) The definitions in Rule R414-1 and Section 63G-4-103 apply to this rule.

(2) The following definitions also apply:

(a) "Action" means a denial, termination, suspension, or reduction of medical assistance for a recipient, or a reduction, [or] denial or revocation of reimbursement for services for a provider[.]; or a denial or termination of eligibility for participation in a program, or as a provider.

(b) "Aggrieved Person" means any recipient or provider who is adversely affected by any action or inaction of the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing (DMHF) within the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), or any managed health care plan.

(c) "Ex Parte" communications mean direct or indirect communication in connection with an issue of fact or law between the presiding officer and one party only.

(d) "Managed Care Organization" means a health maintenance organization or prepaid mental health plan that contracts with DMHF to provide medical or mental health services to medical assistance recipients.

(e) A "medical record" is a record that contains medical data of a client.

(f) "Order" means [an agency action that the]a ruling by a presiding officer [issues to]that determine s the legal rights, duties, privileges, immunities, or other legal interests of one or more specific persons[, but not a class of persons].

 

R410-14-3. Administrative Hearing Procedures.

(1) An aggrieved person may file a written request for agency action pursuant to Section 63G-4-201, and in accordance with this rule. If a medical issue is in dispute, each request [must]should include supporting medical documentation. DMHF will schedule a hearing only when it receives sufficient medical records and may dismiss a request for agency action if it does not receive supporting medical documentation in a timely manner.

(2) DMHF shall conduct the following as formal adjudicative proceedings in accordance with Section R410-14-12:

(a) Preadmission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) Hearings. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396r, any resident and potential resident of a nursing facility whether Medicaid eligible or not, who disagrees with the preadmission screening and appropriateness of a placement decision that DMHF or its designated agent makes, has the right to a hearing upon request.

(b) Nurse Aide Registry Hearings. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1395i-3, each nurse aide is subject to investigation of allegations of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property. DMHF or its designated agent shall investigate each complaint and the nurse aide is entitled to a hearing that DMHF or its designated agent conducts before a substantiated claim can be entered into the registry.

(c) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) or Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR) Hearings. 42 CFR 431, Subpart D, requires DMHF to provide SNF, ICF and ICF/MR appeal procedures that satisfy the requirements of 42 CFR 431.153 and 431.154.

(d) Managed Care Plan Hearings. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396u-2, federal law requires Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program managed care organizations to have an internal appeals process for Medicaid enrollees or providers acting on the enrollee's behalf to challenge the denial of payment for medical assistance. The written managed care enrollment information must explain this procedure. DMHF requires exhaustion of the managed care appeals process before an enrollee or provider may request a hearing. An enrollee or provider who submits a hearing request on behalf of another enrollee must include a copy of the final written notice of the appeal decision. An enrollee or provider who acts on the enrollee's behalf must also request a hearing within 30 days from the date of the final written notice of the appeal decision.

(i) A managed care provider has no right to a hearing with DMHF, except if the provider is acting solely on behalf of the client. Nevertheless, if there is an issue that could affect the status of DMHF as the single state agency, DMHF may hold a hearing at its own discretion.

(e) Home and Community-Based Waiver Hearings. 42 CFR 431, Subpart E, requires DMHF to provide appeal procedures that satisfy the requirements 42 CFR 431.200 through 431.250.

(i) For home and community-based waivers in which the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) is the designated operating agency and the appeal is based on whether the person meets the eligibility criteria for state matching funds through DHS in accordance with Title 62A, Chapter 5a, the eligibility determination of the operating agency is final. If DSPD determines that an individual does not meet the eligibility criteria for state matching funds through DHS in accordance with Title 62A, Chapter 5a, the operating agency shall inform the individual in writing and provide the individual an opportunity to appeal the decision through the DHS hearing process in accordance with Section R539-3-8. The DSPD decision is dispositive for purposes of this subsection. DMHF shall sustain the determination and there is no right to further agency review.

(3) DMHF shall conduct the following as informal adjudicative proceedings:

(a) Resident Right Hearings. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1396n, the state may restrict access to providers that it designates for services for a reasonable amount of time. The state may also restrict Medicaid recipients that utilize services at a frequency or amount that are not medically necessary, in accordance with state utilization guidelines. DMHF shall give the recipient notice and opportunity for an informal hearing before imposing restrictions.

(4) Eligibility Hearings. If eligibility for medical assistance is at issue, DWS shall conduct the hearing.

 

R410-14-4. Availability of Hearing.

(1) The presiding officer may not grant a hearing if the issue is a state or federal law[, a policy] requiring an automatic change in eligibility for medical assistance[,] or covered services that adversely affect the aggrieved person.

(2) DMHF will [only] conduct a hearing in connection with the agency action if the aggrieved person requests a hearing and there is a disputed issue of fact. If there is no disputed issue of fact, the presiding officer [shall]may deny a request for an evidentiary hearing and issue a recommended decision without a hearing.

(3) There is no disputed issue of fact if:[

(a) the agency presents facts that establish the agency's right to take the action or obtain the relief sought in the proceeding; and]

([b]a) the aggrieved person submits facts that do not conflict with the facts that the agency relies upon in taking action or seeking relief.

(4) If the aggrieved person objects to the hearing denial, the person may raise that objection as grounds for relief in a request for reconsideration.

(5) DMHF may not grant a hearing to a managed care provider to dispute the terms of a contract or the payment of a claim.

 

R410-14-5. Notice.

(1) DMHF, DHS, DWS, and a managed health care plan shall provide written notice to each individual or provider affected by an adverse action in accordance with 42 CFR 431.211, 213 and 214. Adverse actions to a recipient include actions that affect:

(a) eligibility for assistance;

(b) scope of service; or

(c) payment of a claim.

(2) Adverse actions to a provider include:

(a) a reduction in payment, denial of reimbursement and claim of payment; and

(b) a sanction that becomes effective.

(3) A notice must contain:

(a) a statement of the action DMHF, DHS, DWS, or a managed health care plan intends to take;

(b) the date the intended action becomes effective;

(c) the reasons for the intended action; and

(d) the specific regulations that support the action, or the change in federal law, state law or DMHF policy, which requires the action;

(e) the right and procedure to request a formal hearing before DMHF or an informal hearing before DHS or DWS;

(f) the right to represent oneself, the right to legal counsel, or the right to use another representative at the formal hearing; and

(g) if applicable, an explanation of the circumstances under which reimbursement for medical services will continue pending the outcome of the proceeding, if DMHF receives a hearing request within ten calendar days from the date of the notice of agency action.

(4) DMHF shall mail the notice at least ten calendar days before the date of the intended action except:

(a) DMHF may mail a notice not later than the date of action in accordance with 42 CFR 431.213.

(5) DMHF may shorten the period of advance notice to five days before the date of action if:

(a) DMHF has facts that indicate it must take action due to probable fraud by the recipient or provider; and

(b) the facts have been verified by affidavit.

 

R410-14-6. Request for Formal Hearing.

(1) DMHF shall conduct formal hearings for all [medical assistance] issues except those specifically excluded by this rule. The presiding officer may convert the proceeding to an informal hearing if a recipient or provider requests an informal hearing that meets the criteria set forth in Section 63G-4-202.

(2) [A recipient may request a f]Formal hearing s must be requested within the following deadlines:

(a) A medical assistance provider or recipient may request a formal hearing within 30 calendar days from the date that DMHF sends written notice of its intended action.

(b) A medical assistance recipient may request an informal hearing with DWS regarding eligibility for medical assistance within 90 calendar days from the date that DMHF sends written notice of its intended action.

(c) A medical assistance recipient must request a formal hearing regarding scope of service within 30 calendar days from the date that DMHF issues written notice of its intended action.

(3) Failure to submit a timely request for a formal hearing constitutes a waiver of an individual's due process rights. The request must explain why the recipient is seeking agency relief, and the recipient must submit the request on the "Request for Hearing/Agency Action" form. The recipient must then mail or fax the form to the address or fax number contained on[that the agency specifies in] the notice of agency action.

(4) DMHF considers a hearing request that a recipient sends via mail to be filed on the date of the postmark. If the postmark date is illegible, erroneous, or omitted, DMHF considers the request to be filed on the date that DMHF receives it, unless the sender can demonstrate through competent evidence that he mailed it before the date of receipt.

(5) DMHF shall schedule a pre-hearing, or begin negotiations in writing within 30 calendar days from the date it receives the request for a formal hearing or agency action.

(6) DMHF may deny or dismiss a request for a hearing if the aggrieved person:

(a) withdraws the request in writing;

(b) verbally withdraws the hearing request at a prehearing conference;

(c) fails to appear or participate in a scheduled proceeding without good cause;

(d) prolongs the hearing process without good cause;

(e) cannot be located or agency mail is returned without a forwarding address; or

(f) does not respond to any correspondence from the presiding officer or fails to provide medical records that the agency requests.

(7) An aggrieved person must inform DMHF of his current address and telephone number.

 

R410-14-10. Service.

(1) The individual or party that files a document with DMHF shall also serve the document upon all other named parties to the proceeding and file a proof of service with DMHF that consists of a certificate, affidavit or acknowledgment of service.

(2) Each party must receive one copy by personal delivery or mail to the proper address with postage prepaid. If an individual represents a party, service upon the individual is sufficient.[

(3) The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure require a certificate, affidavit or acknowledgment to serve as a proof of service.]

([4]3) If DMHF must provide notice of a formal hearing, the notice becomes effective on the date of first class mailing to the party's address of record.[

(5) The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure permit other methods of service in addition to the methods set forth in this section.]

(4) In addition to the methods set forth in this rule, a party may be served as permitted by the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.

 

R410-14-12. Conduct of Hearing.

(1) DMHF shall conduct hearings in accordance with Section 63G-4-206.

(2) DMHF shall appoint an impartial presiding officer to conduct formal hearings. Previous involvement in the initial determination of the action precludes an officer from appointment.

(3) The presiding officer may elect to hold a prehearing meeting to:

(a) formulate or simplify the issues;

(b) obtain admissions of fact and documents that will avoid unnecessary proof;

(c) arrange for the exchange of proposed exhibits or prepared expert testimony;

(d) outline procedures for the formal hearing; or

(e) to agree to other matters that may expedite the orderly conduct of the hearing or settlement.

(4) DMHF shall record agreements that the parties reach during the prehearing or the parties may enter into a written stipulation.

(5) DMHF may conduct all formal hearings only after adequate written notice of the hearing has been served on all parties setting forth the date, time and place of the hearing.

(6) The presiding officer shall take testimony under oath or affirmation.

(7) Each party has the right to:

(a) present evidence, argue, respond, conduct cross-examination, and submit rebuttal evidence;

(b) introduce exhibits;

(c) impeach any witness regardless of which party first called the witness to testify; and

(d) rebut the evidence against the party.

(8) DMHF shall follow the rules of evidence as applied in Utah civil actions. Each party may admit any relevant evidence and use hearsay evidence to supplement or explain other evidence. Hearsay, however, is not sufficient by itself to support a finding unless admissible over objection in civil actions. The presiding officer shall give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law and may exclude irrelevant, immaterial and unduly repetitious evidence.

(9) The presiding officer may question any party or witness.

(10) The presiding officer shall control the evidence to obtain full disclosure of the relevant facts and to safeguard the rights of the parties. The presiding officer may determine the order in which he receives the evidence.

(11) The presiding officer shall maintain order and may recess the hearing to regain order if a person engages in disrespectful, disorderly or disruptive conduct. The presiding officer may remove any person, including a participant from the hearing, to maintain order. If a person shows persistent disregard for order and procedure, the presiding officer may:

(a) restrict the person's participation in the hearing;

(b) strike pleadings or evidence; or

(c) issue an order of default.

(12) If a party desires to employ a court reporter to make a record of the hearing, it must file an original transcript of the hearing with the presiding officer at no cost to the agency.

(13) [DMHF has the burden of proof in any proceeding that it]The party that initiates the hearing process through [a notice of]a request for agency action[. A party that seeks action from DMHF, however,] has the burden of proof [in any proceeding that it initiates through a request for agency action]as the moving party.

(14) When a party possesses but fails to introduce certain evidence, the presiding officer may infer that the evidence does not support the party's position.

 

R410-14-15. Record.

(1) The presiding officer shall make a complete record of all formal hearings. A hearing record is the sole property of DMHF and DMHF shall maintain the complete record in a secure area.

(2) If a party requests a copy of the recording of a formal hearing, that party may transcribe the recording.

(3) DMHF or its designated agent shall retain recordings of formal hearings for a period of one year.

(4) DMHF shall retain written records of formal hearings for a period of [three]two years pending further litigation.

 

R410-14-20. Discovery.

(1) The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure do not apply to formal adjudicative proceedings and formal discovery is permitted only as set forth in this section. Each party shall diligently pursue discovery and full disclosure to prevent delay. A party that conducts discovery under this section shall maintain a mailing certificate.

(2) The scope of discovery in formal adjudicative proceedings, unless otherwise limited by order of the presiding officer, is as follows:

(a) DMHF may [review all pertinent records in the custody of the recipient]request copies of pertinent records in the possession of the recipient and the recipient's health care providers. In the event the recipient or provider fails to produce the records within a reasonable time, DMHF may review all pertinent records in the custody of the recipient or provider during regular working hours after three days of written notice.[

(b) DMHF may review all pertinent records at the health care provider's place of business during regular working hours and after three days of written notice.]

([c]b) The recipient shall submit medical records with the hearing request whenever possible. Necessary medical records include:

(i) the provision of each service and activity billed to the program;

(ii) the first and last name of the petitioner;

(iii) the reason for performing the service or activity that includes the petitioner's complaint or symptoms;

(iv) the recipient's medical history;

(v) examination findings;

(vi) diagnostic test results;

(vii) the goal or need that the plan of care identifies; and

(viii) the observer's assessment, clinical impression or diagnosis that includes the date of observation and identity of the observer.

(d) The medical records must demonstrate that the service is:

(i) medically necessary;

(ii) consistent with the diagnosis of the petitioner's condition; and

(iii) consistent with professionally recognized standards of care.

(3) DMHF shall allow the aggrieved person or the person's representative to examine all DMHF documents and records [for the hearing] upon written request to DMHF at least three days before the hearing.

(4) An individual may request access to protected health information in accordance with Rule 380-250, which implements the privacy rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

(5) The presiding officer may permit the filing of formal discovery or take depositions only upon a clear showing of necessity that takes into account the nature and scope of the dispute. If the presiding officer allows formal discovery, he shall set appropriate time frames for response and assess sanctions for non-compliance.

(6) The presiding officer may order a medical assessment at the expense of DMHF to obtain information. This information is subject to HIPAA confidentiality requirements and is part of the hearing record.

(7) Each party shall file a signed pretrial disclosure form at least ten calendar days before the scheduled hearing that identifies:

(a) fact witnesses;

(b) expert witnesses;

(c) exhibits and reports the parties intend to offer into evidence at the hearing;

(d) petitioner's specific benefit or relief claimed;

(e) respondent's specific defense;

(f) an estimate of the time necessary to present the party's case; and

(g) any other issues the parties intend to request the presiding officer to adjudicate.

(8) Each party shall supplement the pretrial disclosure form with information that becomes available after filing the original form. The pretrial disclosure form does not replace other discovery that is allowed under this section.

 

KEY: Medicaid

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: 2011

Notice of Continuation: October 29, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-1-24; 26-1-5; 63G-4-102

 


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