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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 408. Certificate of Quality Assurance of Managed Care Health Insurance Plan Licensees

12VAC5-408-140. Administrative sanctions.

A. Nothing in this part shall prohibit the department from exercising its responsibility and authority to enforce applicable law and this chapter including proceeding directly to imposition of administrative sanctions.

B. The department, in consultation with the Bureau of Insurance, may impose such administrative sanctions or take such actions as are appropriate for violation of any of the regulations or laws. Such sanctions include:

1. Imposing civil monetary penalties, which shall not exceed $1,000 per incident of noncompliance, to a maximum of $10,000 for a series of related incidents of noncompliance;

2. Placing a certificate holder on probation;

3. Temporarily suspending a certificate of quality assurance;

4. Temporarily restricting or prohibiting, with the concurrence of the Bureau of Insurance, new enrollments into an MCHIP;

5. Revoking or not renewing a certificate of quality assurance and certifying to the Bureau of Insurance that an MCHIP licensee or its managed care health insurance plan is unable to fulfill its obligations to furnish quality health care services; or

6. Other remedies as provided by state or federal law.

C. The MCHIP licensee shall receive a written notice describing the reasons for the imposition of sanctions and a report specifying the findings of noncompliance. Upon receipt of the notice to impose a sanction, the MCHIP licensee shall have the right and the opportunity to appeal the sanction according to § 32.1-137.5 of the Code of Virginia. A copy of the department's notice shall be provided to the Bureau of Insurance.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-137.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 7, eff. January 20, 2000; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 8, eff. January 30, 2002.

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