Contracts between health carriers and participating providers
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(a) As used in this section: (1) “Covered person”, “facility” and “health carrier” have the same meanings as provided in section 38a-591a, (2) “health care provider” has the same meaning as provided in subsection (a) of section 38a-477aa, and (3) “intermediary”, “network”, “network plan” and “participating provider” have the same meanings as provided in subsection (a) of section 38a-472f.
(b) (1) Each contract entered into, renewed or amended on or after January 1, 2017, between a health carrier and a participating provider shall include:
(A) A hold harmless provision that specifies protections for covered persons. Such provision shall include the following statement or a substantially similar statement: “Provider agrees that in no event, including, but not limited to, nonpayment by the health carrier or intermediary, the insolvency of the health carrier or intermediary, or a breach of this agreement, shall the provider bill, charge, collect a deposit from, seek compensation, remuneration or reimbursement from, or have any recourse against a covered person or a person (other than the health carrier or intermediary) acting on behalf of the covered person for services provided pursuant to this agreement. This agreement does not prohibit the provider from collecting coinsurance, deductibles or copayments, as specifically provided in the evidence of coverage, or fees for uncovered services delivered on a fee-for-service basis to covered persons. Nor does this agreement prohibit a provider (except for a health care provider who is employed full-time on the staff of a health carrier and has agreed to provide services exclusively to that health carrier’s covered persons and no others) and a covered person from agreeing to continue services solely at the expense of the covered person, as long as the provider has clearly informed the covered person that the health carrier does not cover or continue to cover a specific service or services. Except as provided herein, this agreement does not prohibit the provider from pursuing any available legal remedy. ”;
(B) A provision that in the event of a health carrier or intermediary insolvency or other cessation of operations, the participating provider’s obligation to deliver covered health care services to covered persons without requesting payment from a covered person other than a coinsurance, copayment, deductible or other out-of-pocket expense for such services will continue until the earlier of (i) the termination of the covered person’s coverage under the network plan, including any extension of coverage provided under the contract terms or applicable state or federal law for covered persons who are in an active course of treatment, as set forth in subdivision (2) of subsection (g) of section 38a-472f, or are totally disabled, or (ii) the date the contract between the health carrier and the participating provider would have terminated if the health carrier or intermediary had remained in operation, including any extension of coverage required under applicable state or federal law for covered persons who are in an active course of treatment or are totally disabled;
(C) (i) A provision that requires the participating provider to make health records available to appropriate state and federal authorities involved in assessing the quality of care provided to, or investigating grievances or complaints of, covered persons, and (ii) a statement that such participating provider shall comply with applicable state and federal laws related to the confidentiality of medical and health records and a covered person’s right to view, obtain copies of or amend such covered person’s medical and health records; and
(D) Definitions of what is considered timely notice and a material change for the purposes of subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this section.
(2) The contract terms set forth in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of subdivision (1) of this subsection shall (A) be construed in favor of the covered person, (B) survive the termination of the contract regardless of the reason for the termination, including the insolvency of the health carrier, and (C) supersede any oral or written agreement between a health care provider and a covered person or a covered person’s authorized representative that is contrary to or inconsistent with the requirements set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection.
(3) No contract subject to this subsection shall include any provision that conflicts with the provisions contained in the network plan or required under this section, section 38a-472f or section 38a-477h.
(4) No health carrier or participating provider that is a party to a contract under this subsection shall assign or delegate any right or responsibility required under such contract without the prior written consent of the other party.
(c) (1) At the time a contract subject to subsection (b) of this section is signed, the health carrier or such health carrier’s intermediary shall disclose to a participating provider all provisions and other documents incorporated by reference in such contract.
(2) While such contract is in force, the health carrier shall timely notify a participating provider of any change to such provisions or other documents specified under subdivision (1) of this subsection that will result in a material change to such contract.
(d) (1) (A) Each contract between a health carrier and an intermediary entered into, renewed or amended on or after January 1, 2017, shall satisfy the requirements of this subsection.
(B) Each intermediary and participating providers with whom such intermediary contracts shall comply with the applicable requirements of this subsection.
(2) No health carrier shall assign or delegate to an intermediary such health carrier’s responsibilities to monitor the offering of covered benefits to covered persons. To the extent a health carrier assigns or delegates to an intermediary other responsibilities, such health carrier shall retain full responsibility for such intermediary’s compliance with the requirements of this section.
(3) A health carrier shall have the right to approve or disapprove the participation status of a health care provider or facility in such health carrier’s own or a contracted network that is subcontracted for the purpose of providing covered benefits to the health carrier’s covered persons.
(4) A health carrier shall maintain at its principal place of business in this state copies of all intermediary subcontracts or ensure that such health carrier has access to all such subcontracts. Such health carrier shall have the right, upon twenty days’ prior written notice, to make copies of any intermediary subcontracts to facilitate regulatory review.
(5) (A) Each intermediary shall, if applicable, (i) transmit to the health carrier documentation of health care services utilization and claims paid, and (ii) maintain at its principal place of business in this state, for a period of time prescribed by the commissioner, the books, records, financial information and documentation of health care services received by covered persons, in a manner that facilitates regulatory review, and shall allow the commissioner access to such books, records, financial information and documentation as necessary for the commissioner to determine compliance with this section and section 38a-472f.
(B) Each health carrier shall monitor the timeliness and appropriateness of payments made by its intermediary to participating providers and of health care services received by covered persons.
(6) In the event of the intermediary’s insolvency, a health carrier shall have the right to require the assignment to the health carrier of the provisions of a participating provider’s contract that address such participating provider’s obligation to provide covered benefits. If a health carrier requires such assignment, such health carrier shall remain obligated to pay the participating provider for providing covered benefits under the same terms and conditions as the intermediary prior to the insolvency.
(e) The commissioner shall not act to arbitrate, mediate or settle (1) disputes regarding a health carrier’s decision not to include a health care provider or facility in such health carrier’s network or network plan, or (2) any other dispute between a health carrier, such health carrier’s intermediary or one or more participating providers, that arises under or by reason of a participating provider contract or the termination of such contract.