Current as of: 2009
A health maintenance organization shall provide in its certificate of coverage the procedures for resolving enrollee grievances. At a minimum, the certificate of coverage shall include the following provisions:
(a) The definition of a grievance;
(b) how, where and to whom the enrollee should file such enrollee's grievance; and
(c) that upon receiving notification of a grievance related for payment of a bill for medical services, the health maintenance organization shall:
(1) Acknowledge receipt of the grievance in writing within 10 working days unless it is resolved within that period of time;
(2) conduct a complete investigation of the grievance within 20 working days after receipt of a grievance, unless the investigation cannot be completed within this period of time. If the investigation cannot be completed within 20 working days after receipt of a grievance, the enrollee shall be notified in writing within 30 working days time, and every 30 working days after that, until the investigation is completed. The notice shall state the reasons for which additional time is needed for the investigation;
(3) have within five working days after the investigation is completed, someone not involved in the circumstances giving rise to the grievance or its investigation decide upon the appropriate resolution of the grievance and notify the enrollee in writing of the decision of the health maintenance organization regarding the grievance and of any right to appeal. The notice shall explain the resolution of the grievance and any right to appeal. The notice shall explain the resolution of the grievance in terms which are clear and specific; and
(4) notify, if the health maintenance organization has established a grievance advisory panel, the enrollee of the enrollee's right to request the grievance advisory panel to review the decision of the health maintenance organization. This notice shall indicate that the grievance advisory panel is not obligated to conduct the review. This provision shall also state how, where and when the enrollee should make such enrollee's request for this review.
History: L. 1996, ch. 169, § 12; July 1.