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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department Of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 20. Administration of Medical Assistance Services
10/24/2021

12VAC30-20-540. Informal appeals.

A. Notice of informal appeal.

1. Providers appealing the termination or denial of their Medicaid agreement pursuant to § 32.1-325 E of the Code of Virginia shall file a written notice of informal appeal with the DMAS Appeals Division within 15 days of the provider's receipt of the notice of termination or denial.

2. Providers appealing adjustments to a cost report shall file a written notice of informal appeal with the DMAS Appeals Division within 90 days of the provider's receipt of the notice of program reimbursement. The written notice of informal appeal shall identify the issues, adjustments, or items that the provider is appealing.

3. Providers appealing all other DMAS decisions shall file a written notice of informal appeal with the DMAS Appeals Division within 30 days of the provider's receipt of the decision. The written notice of informal appeal shall identify each adjustment, patient, service date, or other disputed matter that the provider is appealing.

B. Administrative dismissals.

1. Failure to timely file a written notice of informal appeal with the information required by subdivision A 2 or A 3 of this section shall result in an administrative dismissal.

2. A representative, billing company, or other third-party entity filing a written notice of appeal on behalf of a provider shall submit to DMAS, at the time of filing or upon request, a written authorization to act on the provider's behalf, signed by the provider. The authorization shall reference the specific adverse action being appealed including, if applicable, each patient's name and date of service. Failure to submit a written authorization as specified in this subdivision shall result in an administrative dismissal. This requirement shall not apply to an appeal filed by a Virginia licensed attorney.

3. If a provider has not exhausted any applicable DMAS or contractor reconsideration or review process or contractor's internal appeals process that the provider is required to exhaust before filing a DMAS informal appeal, the provider's written notice of informal appeal shall be administratively dismissed.

4. If DMAS has not issued a decision with appeal rights, the provider's attempt to file a written notice of informal appeal, prior to the issuance of a decision by DMAS that has appeal rights, shall be administratively dismissed.

C. Written case summary.

1. DMAS shall file a written case summary with the DMAS Appeals Division within 30 days of the filing of the provider's notice of informal appeal and shall transmit a complete copy of the case summary to the provider on the same day.

2. For each adjustment, patient, and service date or other disputed matter identified by the provider in its notice of informal appeal, the case summary shall explain the factual basis upon which DMAS relied in taking its action or making its decision and identify any authority or documentation upon which DMAS relied in taking its action or making its decision.

3. Failure to file a written case summary with the DMAS Appeals Division within 30 days of the filing of the written notice of informal appeal shall result in dismissal in favor of the provider.

4. The provider shall have 12 days following the due date of the case summary to file with the DMAS Appeals Division and transmit to the author of the case summary a written notice of all alleged deficiencies in the case summary that the provider knows, or reasonably should know, exist. Failure of the provider to timely file a written notice of deficiency with the DMAS Appeals Division shall be deemed a waiver of all deficiencies, alleged or otherwise, with the case summary.

5. Upon timely receipt of the provider's notice of deficiency, DMAS shall have 12 days to address the alleged deficiency. If DMAS does not address the alleged deficiency or does not address the alleged deficiency to the provider's satisfaction, the alleged deficiency shall become an issue to be addressed by the informal appeals agent as part of the informal appeal decision.

6. The informal appeals agent shall make a determination as to each deficiency that is alleged by the provider as set forth in this subsection. In making that determination, the informal appeals agent shall determine whether the alleged deficiency is such that it could not reasonably be determined from the case summary the factual basis and authority for the DMAS action, relating to the alleged deficiency, so as to require a dismissal in favor of the provider on the issue to which the alleged deficiency pertains.

D. Conference.

1. The informal appeals agent shall conduct the conference within 90 days from the filing of the notice of informal appeal. If DMAS, the provider, and the informal appeals agent agree, the conference may be conducted by way of written submissions. If the conference is conducted by way of written submissions, the informal appeals agent shall specify the time within which the provider may file written submissions, not to exceed 90 days from the filing of the notice of informal appeal. Only written submissions filed within the time specified by the informal appeals agent shall be considered.

2. The conference may be recorded at the discretion of the informal appeals agent and solely for the convenience of the informal appeals agent. Because the conference is not an adversarial or evidentiary proceeding, no other recordings or transcriptions shall be permitted. Any recordings made for the convenience of the informal appeals agent shall not be released to DMAS or to the provider.

3. Upon completion of the conference, the informal appeals agent shall specify the time within which the provider may file additional documentation or information, if any, not to exceed 30 days. Only documentation or information filed within the time specified by the informal appeals agent shall be considered.

E. Informal appeals decision. The informal appeal decision shall be issued within 180 days of receipt of the notice of informal appeal unless the provider and DMAS have mutually agreed in writing to stay the timeframe for issuing the informal decision pursuant to 12VAC30-20-550.

F. Remand. Whenever an informal appeal is required pursuant to a remand by court order, final agency decision, agreement of the parties, or otherwise, all time periods set forth in this section shall begin to run effective with the date that the document containing the remand is date-stamped by the DMAS Appeals Division in Richmond, Virginia.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 19, eff. July 4, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011; Volume 32, Issue 23, eff. August 10, 2016; Volume 37, Issue 24, eff. September 2, 2021.

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