State Law

Ariz. Rev. Statutes-Title 20. Insurance-Chapter 15-Article 2. Health Care Appeals

06/11/2020 Arizona Section 20-2536

Formal appeal

State Medical Necessity Appeals-Deadlines

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A. After any applicable informal reconsideration pursuant to section 20-2535, if the utilization review agent denies the member’s request for a covered service, the member may appeal that adverse decision.  The member shall mail a written appeal to the utilization review agent within sixty days after receipt of the adverse decision.  In the event of a denial of a claim for a service that has already been provided, the member may appeal that denial by filing a written appeal with the utilization review agent within two years after receipt of the notice of the denial.

B. The utilization review agent shall mail a written acknowledgment to the member and the member’s treating provider within five business days after the agent receives the formal appeal.

C. The member or the member’s treating provider shall submit to the utilization review agent with the written formal appeal any material justification or documentation to support the member’s request for the service or claim for a service.

D. If the member’s complaint is an issue of medical necessity under the coverage document and not whether the service is covered, a provider, physician or other health care professional who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 19.1 or 29 or an out of state provider physician or other health care professional who is licensed in another state and who is not licensed in this state, who is employed or under contract with the utilization review agent and who is qualified in a similar scope of practice as a provider, physician or other health care professional licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 19.1 or 29 or an out of state provider, physician or other health care professional who is licensed in another state and who is not licensed in this state and who typically manages the medical condition under appeal shall review the appeal and render a decision based on the utilization review plan adopted by the utilization review agent.  Pursuant to the requirements of this subsection, the utilization review agent shall select the provider, physician or other health care professional who shall review the appeal and render the decision.

E. Except as provided in subsection F of this section, the utilization review agent has:

Medical Necessity Appeals-Deadlines

1. With respect to adverse decisions relating to services that have not been provided, up to thirty days after receipt of the written appeal to notify the member in writing of the utilization review agent’s decision and the criteria used and the clinical reasons for that decision.

2. With respect to denials relating to claims that have already been provided, up to sixty days after receipt of the written appeal to notify the member in writing of the utilization review agent’s decision and the criteria used and the clinical reasons for that decision.

F. At any time during the formal appeal process, the utilization review agent may request an external independent review process pursuant to section 20-2537.  If the utilization review agent initiates the external independent review process, the utilization review agent does not have to comply with subsection E of this section.

G. If at the conclusion of the formal appeal process the utilization review agent denies the appeal and the utilization review agent does not initiate the external independent review process, the utilization review agent shall provide the member with notice of the option to proceed to an external independent review pursuant to section 20-2537.

H. If the utilization review agent concludes that the covered service should be provided or the claim for a covered service should be paid, the health care insurer is bound by the utilization review agent’s decision.

See https://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=https://www.azleg.gov/ars/20/02536.htm