Glossary Check: Maine Medical Utilization Review

12 Mar, 2024 Frank Ferreri

                               

Bangor, ME (WorkersCompensation.com) -- In Maine, "utilization review" means the initial prospective, concurrent or retrospective evaluation by an insurance carrier, self-insurer, or group self-insurer of the appropriateness in terms of both the level and the quality of health care and health services provided an injured employee, based on medically accepted standards.

Utilization review requires the acquisition of necessary records, medical bills, and other information concerning any health care or health services.

Utilization review must be performed by an insurance carrier, self-insurer or group self-insurer pursuant to a system established by the board that identifies the range of utilization of health care and health services.

Certification Requirements

An insurance carrier that complies with criteria or standards established by the board must be certified by the board.

Health Care Providers

By accepting payment under this chapter, a health facility or health care provider is deemed to have consented to submitting necessary records and other information concerning any health care or health services provided for utilization review pursuant to this section and to have agreed to comply with any decision of the board pursuant to this section.

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Explanation

If a health facility or health care provider provides health care or a health service that is not usually associated with, is longer in duration in time than, is more frequent than, or extends over a greater number of days than that health care or service usually does with the diagnosis or condition for which the patient is being treated, the health facility, or health care provider may be required by the insurance carrier, self-insurer, or group self-insurer to explain the necessity or the reasons why in writing.

Excessive Charges, Unjustified Treatment

If an insurance carrier, self-insurer or group self-insurer determines that a health facility or health care provider has made any excessive charges or required unjustified treatment, hospitalization, or visits, the health facility or health care provider may not receive payment under this chapter from the insurance carrier, self-insurer or group self-insurer for the excessive fees or unjustified treatment, hospitalization or visits, and is liable to return to the insurance carrier any such fees or charges already collected. The board may review the records and medical bills of any health facility or health care provider with regard to a claim that an insurance carrier, self-insurer, or group self-insurer has determined is not in compliance with the schedule of charges or requires unjustified treatment, hospitalization, or office visits.

Inappropriate Services

If an insurance carrier determines that a health facility or health care provider improperly overutilized or otherwise rendered or ordered inappropriate health care or health services, or that the cost of the care or services was inappropriate, the health facility or health care provider may appeal to the board regarding that determination pursuant to procedures provided for under the system of utilization review.

Penalties

Any health facility or health care provider that knowingly submits false or misleading records or other information to an insurance carrier, self-insurer or group self-insurer or the board is guilty of a Class D crime.


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      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Frank encourages everyone to consider helping out the Kind Souls Foundation and Kids' Chance of America.

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