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R380. Health, Administration.

Rule R380-10. Informal Adjudicative Proceedings.

As in effect on April 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R380-10-1. Authority and Purpose.

This rule sets forth informal adjudicative procedures for the Department of Health and committees created within the Department under Section 26-1-7. Utah Code Sections 26-1-5, 26-1-17, and 26-1-24, and Title 63G, Chapter 4 authorize it.

R380-10-2. Definitions.

For purposes of this rule, the definitions in Section 63G-4-103 of the Utah Administrative Procedures Act apply, in addition:

(1) "Agency" means the Department of Health bureau, office, or division that most closely administers the program under which the agency action is taken or which is responsible to administer the program that deals with the request for agency action.

(2) "Agency action" means an agency determination after conducting adjudicative proceedings by agency staff of the legal rights, duties, privileges, immunities, or other legal interests of one or more identifiable persons, including all determinations to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, modify, annul, withdraw, or amend an authority, right, or license, all as limited by Subsection 63G-4-102(2).

(3) "Initial agency determination" means a decision without conducting adjudicative proceedings by agency staff of the legal rights, duties, privileges, immunities, or other legal interests of one or more identifiable persons, including all determinations to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, modify, annul, withdraw, or amend an authority, right, or license, all as limited by Subsection 63G-4-102(2).

(4) "Notice of agency action" means the formal notice that meets the requirements of Subsection 63G-4-201(2) which an agency or policy making committee issues to commence an adjudicative proceeding.

(5) "Presiding officer" means the individual designated by the Department or by a policy making committee in accordance with R380-10-5 or by statute to conduct an adjudicative proceeding.

(6) "Policy making committee" means a committee that is created under Section 26-1-7 and to which a statute delegates authority to make rules.

(7) "Request for agency action" means the formal written request that meets the requirements of Subsection 63G-4-201(3) and that clearly expresses a request that the agency commence adjudicative proceedings.

R380-10-3. Form of Proceeding and Applicability.

(1) The Department of Health prefers to resolve disputes at the lowest level. This rule does not foreclose simple resolution through discussion and negotiation between an agency and any person affected by an agency action.

(2) Except as provided in this rule or as otherwise designated by rule or statute or converted pursuant to Subsection 63G-4-202(3), all Department of Health adjudicative proceedings are informal proceedings.

(3) Unless otherwise designated by rule or statute or converted pursuant to Subsection 63G-4-202(3), all adjudicative proceedings before any policy making committee and all appeals to the Executive Director are designated as formal proceedings.

(4) The provisions of this rule do not govern actions or proceedings which a federal statute or regulation requires to be conducted solely in accordance with federal procedures. If federal statute or regulation requires a modification to these procedures, the federal procedures prevail.

(5) To the extent that this rule conflicts with a similar rule adopted by an agency within the Department that governs adjudicative proceedings, the conflicting provisions of the other rule govern.

R380-10-4. Adjudicative Authority.

(1) An agency's or policy making committee's authority to decide an adjudicative matter is limited to the specific subject matter of the program that it administers.

(2) If an adjudicative matter is not solely within the program administration of a single agency or policy making committee, the executive director may appoint a presiding officer for the matter.

(3) A committee that is not a policy making committee has no adjudicative authority, except as it may be designated to serve as a presiding officer or to otherwise render a recommended decision.

R380-10-5. Presiding Officer.

The agency head shall serve as the presiding officer for all informal proceedings, except that the agency head may designate a presiding officer as approved by the executive director. A policy making committee may designate as a presiding officer:

(1) an individual from the committee;

(2) an individual from Department staff as approved by the executive director;

(3) some other qualified and experienced person approved by the executive director.

R380-10-6. Commencement of Proceedings, Response.

(1) If a person is aggrieved by an initial agency determination, he may file with the agency a request for agency action within the shorter of 30 calendar days of either receiving the initial agency determination or the agency's mailing of the initial agency determination.

(2) If the informal adjudicative proceeding is commenced by a notice of agency action, all parties in the action, except the agency or policy making committee that initiates the agency action, shall file an answer or other pleading responsive to the allegations contained in the notice of agency action.

(3) If the informal adjudicative proceeding is commenced by a request for agency action, the agency or policy making committee that performed the agency action need not file an answer or other responsive pleading. However, the particular agency or policy making committee must consider the request and grant or deny it or set the request for further proceedings as required by Section 63G-4-201(d).

R380-10-7. Adjudicative Hearings.

(1) The agency or policy making committee before which the matter resides shall hold a hearing if:

(a) a statute or other rule requires it; or

(b) another rule permits it and a party requests it with the request for agency action or within 25 calendar days of the mailing of the notice of agency action, or within 25 days of notice of the agency's setting a matter for informal adjudicative proceedings, or within another period as prescribed by rule.

(2) If any party requests a hearing and if there is a disputed issue of fact, the presiding officer shall conduct an evidentiary hearing. In any evidentiary hearing, the parties named in the notice of agency action or in the request for agency action may testify, present evidence, and comment on the issues. If there is no disputed issue of fact, the presiding officer may determine all issues in the adjudicative proceeding based on oral or written argument.

(3) Hearings may be held only after timely notice to all parties.

(4) All hearings are open to all parties, but the hearing officer may take appropriate measures to preserve the integrity of the hearing, exclude witnesses if requested by a party, and protect the confidentiality of records or other information protected by law.

(5) Discovery is prohibited, but the agency may issue subpoenas or other orders to compel production of necessary evidence.

(6) All parties may access information contained in the agency's files and all materials and information gathered in any investigation, to the extent permitted by law.

(7) Intervention is prohibited, except that the agency may enact rules permitting intervention where a federal statute or regulation requires that a state permit intervention.

(8) All parties to the proceedings are responsible to assure the appearance of witnesses and for the costs of appearance of witnesses.

(9) Within a reasonable time after the close of the hearing, the presiding officer shall issue a signed order in writing that states the following:

(a) the decision;

(b) the reasons for the decision;

(c) a notice of any right of administrative or judicial review available to the parties; and

(d) the time limits for filing an appeal or requesting a review.

(10) The presiding officer's order shall be based on the facts appearing in the agency's files and on the facts presented in evidence at the hearings.

(11) The agency shall promptly mail a copy of the presiding officer's order to each party. (12) All hearings shall be tape recorded or recorded by a shorthand reporter at the agency's expense.

(a) If all parties agree, the hearing may be recorded by a certified shorthand reporter at the requesting party's expense. The certified short hand reporter's transcript is the official transcript of the hearing and is the property of the agency.

(b) Any party, at its own expense, may have a reporter who is approved by the agency prepare a transcript from the agency's record of the hearing; however, the agency's or policy making committee's record of the hearing is the official record of the hearing.

R380-10-8. Presiding Officer's Decision.

In all instances where an agency head has designated a person to serve as presiding officer in an adjudicative proceeding, the presiding officer's decision is a recommended decision to the agency head and the agency head may accept, reverse, or modify the presiding officer's order and may remand the order to the presiding officer for further proceedings. If the agency head reverses or modifies the presiding officer's order, the agency head's order shall contain revised findings of fact and conclusions of law as needed, based on the record before the presiding officer and as may be supplemented before the agency head.

R380-10-9. Agency Review.

Any party may seek review of an agency action by filing a written request as provided in Section 63G-4-301. For decisions that are appealable to a policy making committee, the party must file the request with the agency that administers the program that deals with the matter. For all other appeals, the party must file the request with the Executive Director.

KEY

administrative procedures, health administration

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

1993

Notice of Continuation

April 21, 2017

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

26-1-5; 26-1-17; 26-1-24; 63G-4


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R380, please contact the promulgating agency (Health, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.