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Code of Virginia
Title 32.1. Health
Chapter 5. Regulation of Medical Care Facilities and Services

§ 32.1-137.10. Utilization review plan required.

A. Each utilization review entity subject to this article shall adopt a utilization review plan that contains procedures for complying with the requirements and standards of § 32.1-137.9 and other applicable provisions of this article. Such plan shall contain, at a minimum, the following:

1. Specific procedures to be used in review determinations, including an expedited review of no more than twenty-four hours for review determinations relating to prescriptions for the alleviation of cancer pain;

2. A provision for advance notice to covered persons of any requirements for certification of the health care setting or pre-approval of the necessity of health care service or any other prerequisites to approval of payment;

3. A provision for advance notice to covered persons that compliance with the review process is not a guarantee of benefits or payment under the health benefit plan;

4. A provision for a process for reconsideration of adverse decisions in accordance with § 32.1-137.14 and an appeals process in accordance with § 32.1-137.15; and

5. Policies and procedures designed to ensure confidentiality of patient-specific medical records and information in accordance with subsection C of § 32.1-137.12.

B. Each utilization review entity subject to this chapter shall make available to providers and covered persons, upon written request, a copy of those portions of its utilization review plan relevant to the specific request.

C. The Commissioner shall have the right to determine that an entity has complied with the requirement that the entity adopt a utilization review plan in accordance with subsection A.

1998, c. 891; 1999, c. 857.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.