Violation of MCL 550.1402 or MCL 550.1403; private informal managerial-level conference; review by commissioner; internal procedures; determination by commissioner; expedited grievance procedure; procedural rules; hearing matter as contested case; authorization to act on behalf of member.
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(1) A person who has reason to believe that a health care corporation has violated section 402 or 403, if the violation was with respect to an action or inaction of the corporation with respect to that person, is entitled to a private informal managerial-level conference with the corporation, and to a review before the commissioner or his or her designee through September 30, 2000 and beginning October 1, 2000 before an independent review organization under the patient’s right to independent review act, if the conference fails to resolve the dispute.
(2) A health care corporation shall establish reasonable internal procedures to provide a person with a private informal managerial-level conference as provided in subsection (1). These procedures shall provide all of the following:
Medical Necessity Appeals-Deadlines
(a) That a final determination will be made in writing by the health care corporation not later than 35 calendar days after a grievance is submitted in writing by the member. The timing for the 35-calendar-day period may be tolled, however, for any period of time the member is permitted to take under the grievance procedure and for a period of time that shall not exceed 10 days if the health care corporation has not received requested information from a health provider.
(b) A method of providing the person, upon request and payment of a reasonable copying charge, with information pertinent to the denial of a certificate or to the rate charged.
(c) A method for resolving the dispute promptly and informally, while protecting the interests of both the person and the corporation.
(d) That when an adverse determination is made, a written statement in plain English containing the reasons for the adverse determination is provided to the member along with written notifications as required under the patient’s right to independent review act.
(e) A method for providing summary data on the number and types of complaints and grievances filed. Beginning April 15, 2001, this summary data for the prior calendar year shall be filed annually with the commissioner on forms provided by the commissioner.
(3) If the health care corporation fails to provide a conference and proposed resolution within 30 days after a request by a person, or if the person disagrees with the proposed resolution of the corporation after completion of the conference, the person is entitled to a determination of the matter by the commissioner or his or her designee through September 30, 2000 and beginning October 1, 2000 by an independent review organization under the patient’s right to independent review act.
Medical Necessity Appeals-Deadlines
(4) A health care corporation shall establish, as part of its internal procedures, an expedited grievance procedure. The expedited grievance procedure shall provide that a determination will be made by the health care corporation not later than 72 hours after receipt of the grievance. Within 10 days after receipt of a determination, the member may request a determination of the matter by the commissioner or his or her designee through September 30, 2000 and beginning October 1, 2000 by an independent review organization under the patient’s right to independent review act. If the determination by the health care corporation is made orally, the health care corporation shall provide a written confirmation of the determination to the member not later than 2 business days after the oral determination. An expedited grievance under this subsection applies if a grievance is submitted and a physician, orally or in writing, substantiates that the time frame for a grievance under subsections (1) to (3) would seriously jeopardize the life or health of the member or would jeopardize the member’s ability to regain maximum function. This subsection does not apply to a provider’s complaint concerning claims payment, handling, or reimbursement for health care services. As used in this section, “grievance” means an oral or written statement, by a member to the health care corporation that the health care corporation has wrongfully refused or failed to respond in a timely manner to a request for benefits or payment.
(5) The commissioner shall by rule establish a procedure for determination under this section, which shall be reasonably calculated to resolve these matters informally and as rapidly as possible, while protecting the interests of both the person and the health care corporation.
(6) If either the health care corporation or a person other than a member disagrees with a determination of the commissioner or his or her designee under this section, the commissioner or his or her designee, if requested to do so by either party, shall proceed to hear the matter as a contested case under the administrative procedures act.
(7) A member may authorize in writing any person, including, but not limited to, a physician, to act on his or her behalf at any stage in a grievance proceeding under this section.