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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 20. Administration of Medical Assistance Services
8/11/2020

12VAC30-20-560. Formal Appeals.

A. A provider appealing a DMAS informal appeal decision shall file a written notice of formal appeal with the DMAS Appeals Division within 30 days of the provider's receipt of the informal appeal decision. The notice of formal appeal shall identify each adjustment, patient, service date, or other disputed matter that the provider is appealing. Failure to file a written notice of formal appeal in the detail specified within 30 days of receipt of the informal appeal decision shall result in dismissal of the appeal. Pursuant to § 2.2-4019 A of the Code of Virginia, DMAS shall ascertain the fact basis for decisions through informal proceedings unless the parties consent in writing to waive such a conference or proceeding to go directly to a formal hearing, and therefore only issues that were addressed pursuant to § 2.2-4019 shall be addressed in the formal appeal, unless DMAS and the provider consent to waive the informal fact-finding process under § 2.2-4019 A of the Code of Virginia.

B. Documentary evidence, objections to documentary evidence, opening briefs, and reply briefs.

1. Documentary evidence, objections to documentary evidence, opening briefs, and reply briefs shall be filed with the DMAS Appeals Division on the date specified in this subsection. The hearing officer shall only consider those documents or pleadings that are filed within the required timeline. Simultaneous with filing, the filing party shall transmit a copy to the other party and to the hearing officer.

a. All documentary evidence upon which DMAS or the provider relies shall be filed within 21 days of the filing of the notice of formal appeal.

b. Any objections to the admissibility of documentary evidence shall be filed within seven days of the filing of the documentary evidence. The hearing officer shall rule on any such objections within seven days of the filing of the objections.

c. The opening brief shall be filed by DMAS and the provider within 30 days of the completion of the hearing.

d. Any reply brief from DMAS or the provider shall be filed within 10 days of the filing of the opening brief to which the reply brief responds.

2. If there has been an extension to the time for conducting the hearing pursuant to subsection C of this section, the hearing officer is authorized to alter the due dates for filing opening and reply briefs to permit the hearing officer to be in compliance with the due date for the submission of the recommended decision as required by § 32.1-325.1 B of the Code of Virginia and subsection E of this section.

C. The hearing officer shall conduct the hearing within 45 days from the filing of the notice of formal appeal, unless the hearing officer, DMAS, and the provider all mutually agree to extend the time for conducting the hearing. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the due date for the hearing officer to submit the recommended decision to the DMAS director, as required by § 32.1-325.1 B of the Code of Virginia and subsection E of this section, shall not be extended or otherwise changed.

D. Hearings shall be transcribed by a court reporter retained by DMAS.

E. The hearing officer shall submit a recommended decision to the DMAS director with a copy to the provider within 120 days of the filing of the formal appeal notice. If the hearing officer does not submit a recommended decision within 120 days of the filing of the notice of formal appeal, then DMAS shall give written notice to the hearing officer and the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court that a recommended decision is due.

F. Upon receipt of the hearing officer's recommended decision, the DMAS director shall notify DMAS and the provider in writing that any written exceptions to the hearing officer's recommended decision shall be filed with the DMAS Appeals Division within 14 days of receipt of the DMAS director's letter. Only exceptions filed within 14 days of receipt of the DMAS director's letter shall be considered.

G. The DMAS director shall issue the final agency decision within 60 days of receipt of the hearing officer's recommended decision in accordance with § 32.1-325.1 B of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 17, Issue 19, eff. July 4, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 23, eff. August 10, 2016.

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