DAR File No. 37906

This rule was published in the September 1, 2013, issue (Vol. 2013, No. 17) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Health, Health Care Financing

Rule R410-14

Administrative Hearing Procedures

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 37906
Filed: 08/08/2013 04:30:45 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this change is to clarify that the Division of Medicaid and Health Financing (DMHF) conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

Summary of the rule or change:

This amendment clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 26-1-24
  • Section 26-1-5

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There is no impact to the state budget because this amendment simply clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

local governments:

There is no impact to local governments because this amendment simply clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

small businesses:

There is no impact to small businesses because this amendment simply clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

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

There is no impact to Medicaid providers and to Medicaid recipients because this amendment simply clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no compliance costs to a single Medicaid provider or to a Medicaid recipient because this amendment simply clarifies that DMHF conducts all hearings on a de novo basis.

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

No impact on business--This clarifies current policy.

David Patton, PhD, Executive Director

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

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 cdevashrayee@utah.gov

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:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

David Patton, Executive Director


R410. Health, Health Care Financing.

R410-14. Administrative Hearing Procedures.

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, 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) "De novo" means anew, or considering the question of a case for the first time.

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

([d]e) "Hearing Officer" means solely any person designated by the DMHF Director to conduct administrative hearings for the Medicaid program.

([e]f) "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.

([f]g) A "medical record" is a record that contains medical data of a client.

([g]h) "Order" means a ruling by a hearing officer that determines the legal rights, duties, privileges, immunities, or other legal interests of one or more specific persons.


R410-14-12. Conduct of Hearing.

(1) DMHF shall conduct hearings in accordance with Section 63G-4-206.  DMHF will conduct all hearings on a de novo basis.

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

(3) The hearing 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 hearing 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 hearing officer shall give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law and may exclude irrelevant, immaterial and unduly repetitious evidence.

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

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

(11) The hearing officer shall maintain order and may recess the hearing to regain order if a person engages in disrespectful, disorderly or disruptive conduct. The hearing 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 hearing 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 hearing officer at no cost to the agency.

(13) The party [that]who initiates the hearing process through a request for agency action has the burden of proof as the moving party.

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


KEY: Medicaid

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [January 9, ]2013

Notice of Continuation: September 27, 2012

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


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Craig Devashrayee at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6641, by FAX at 801-538-6099, or by Internet E-mail at cdevashrayee@utah.gov.