State Law

Texas Admin. Code-Title 28-Part 1-Chapter 19-Subchapter R. Utilization Reviews for Health Care Provided Under a Health Benefit Plan or Health Insurance Policy

08/24/2023 Texas Section 19.1705

General Standards of Utilization Review

U.R. Criteria

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(a) Review of utilization review plan. The utilization review plan must be reviewed and approved by a physician and conducted under standards developed and periodically updated with input from both primary and specialty physicians, doctors, and other health care providers, as appropriate.

(b) Special circumstances. A utilization review determination must be made in a manner that takes special circumstances of the case into account that may require deviation from the norm stated in the screening criteria or relevant guidelines. Special circumstances include, but are not limited to, an individual who has a disability, acute condition, or life-threatening illness.

(c) Screening criteria. Each URA must utilize written screening criteria that are evidence-based, scientifically valid, outcome-focused, and that comply with the requirements in Insurance Code § 4201.153. The screening criteria must also recognize that if evidence-based medicine is not available for a particular health care service provided, the URA must utilize generally accepted standards of medical practice recognized in the medical community.

(d) Referral and determination of adverse determinations. Adverse determinations must be referred to and may only be determined by an appropriate physician, doctor, or other health care provider with appropriate credentials under § 19.1706 of this title (relating to Requirements and Prohibitions Relating to Personnel) to determine medical necessity or appropriateness, or the experimental or investigational nature, of health care services.

(e) Delegation of review. A URA, including a specialty URA, may delegate the utilization review to qualified personnel in a hospital or other health care facility in which the health care services to be reviewed were, or are, to be provided. The delegation does not relieve the URA of full responsibility for compliance with this subchapter and Insurance Code Chapter 4201, including the conduct of those to whom utilization review has been delegated.

(f) Complaint system. The URA must develop and implement procedures for the resolution of oral or written complaints initiated by enrollees, individuals acting on behalf of the enrollee, or health care providers concerning the utilization review. The URA must maintain records of complaints for three years from the date the complaints are filed. The complaints procedure must include a requirement for a written response to the complainant by the agent within 30 calendar days. The written response must include TDI’s address, toll-free telephone number, and a statement explaining that a complainant is entitled to file a complaint with TDI.