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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department Of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 141. Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan
1/27/2022

12VAC30-141-70. Appeal procedures.

A. At a minimum, the MCO internal appeal shall be conducted pursuant to written procedures as defined in § 32.1-137.6 of the Code of Virginia and 42 CFR 438.400 et seq. Such procedures shall be subject to review and approval by DMAS.

B. Any adverse benefit determination upheld in whole or in part by the internal appeal decision issued by the MCO may be appealed by the enrollee to DMAS in accordance with the DMAS client appeals regulations at 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370. DMAS shall conduct an evidentiary hearing in accordance with the 12VAC30-110-10 through 12VAC30-110-370 and shall not base any appealed decision on the record established by any internal appeal decision of the MCO. The MCO shall comply with the DMAS appeal decision. The DMAS decision in these matters shall be final and shall not be subject to appeal by the MCO.

C. Appeals of adverse actions by the LDSS, CPU, or DMAS shall be conducted pursuant to 12VAC30-110.

D. Copies of the procedures shall be promptly provided by the MCO or DMAS to applicants and enrollees upon receipt of timely requests for internal appeals or state fair hearings. Such written procedures shall include the following:

1. The right to representation by an attorney or other agent of the applicant's or enrollee's choice, but at no time shall the MCO, local department of social services, DSS, or DMAS be required to obtain or compensate attorneys or other agents acting on behalf of applicants or enrollees;

2. The right to timely review of files and other applicable information relevant to the internal appeal or state fair hearing decision;

3. The right to fully participate in the internal appeal or state fair hearing process, whether the internal appeal or state fair hearing is conducted in person or in writing, including the presentation of supplemental information during the internal appeal or state fair hearing process;

4. The right to have personal and medical information and records maintained as confidential;

5. The right to a written final decision:

a. For internal appeals to the MCO, within 30 calendar days of receipt of the request for an internal appeal; or

b. For state fair hearings, within the time limitations for appeals imposed by federal regulations and as permitted in 12VAC30-110-30;

6. For eligibility and enrollment matters, if the applicant's or enrollee's physician or health plan determines that the 90-calendar-day timeframe could seriously jeopardize the applicant's or enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, an applicant or enrollee will have the opportunity to request an expedited appeal. Under these conditions, a request for an expedited appeal shall result in a written final decision within 72 hours after DMAS receives the expedited appeal request from the physician or health plan with the case record and information indicating that taking the time for a standard resolution of the appeal request could seriously jeopardize the applicant's or enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, unless the applicant or enrollee requests an extension;

7. For health services matters for FAMIS enrollees receiving services through an MCO:

a. If the enrollee's physician or health plan determines that the 30-calendar-day timeframe for a standard internal appeal could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, an enrollee will have the opportunity to request an expedited internal appeal. Under these conditions, a request for an internal appeal shall result in a written decision by the MCO within 72 hours from the time the expedited internal appeal is requested, unless the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative requests a delay. If a delay is requested by the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative, then the expedited internal appeal may be extended up to 14 calendar days.

b. If the adverse benefit determination is upheld in whole or in part by the expedited internal appeal decision issued by the MCO, and if the enrollee's physician or health plan determines that the timeframe for a standard appeal to DMAS could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, and enrollee will have the opportunity to request an expedited appeal to DMAS. Under these conditions, a request for a state fair hearing shall result in a written decision within 72 hours from the time an enrollee requests the expedited appeal, unless the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative requests a delay. If a delay is requested by the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative, then the expedited appeal may be extended up to 14 calendar days; and

8. For health services matters for FAMIS enrollees receiving services through fee-for-service, if the enrollee's physician or health plan determines that the 90-calendar-day timeframe for a standard appeal could seriously jeopardize the enrollee's life, health, or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, an enrollee will have the opportunity to request an expedited review. Under these conditions, a request for an expedited appeal shall result in a written decision within 72 hours from the time the expedited appeal is requested, unless the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative requests a delay. If a delay is requested by the applicant, enrollee, or authorized representative, then expedited appeal may be extended up to 14 calendar days.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 12, eff. March 28, 2014; Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019.

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