2013 ORS § 743.857¹
External review
  • rules

(1) An insurer offering health benefit plans in this state shall have an external review program that meets the requirements of this section and ORS 743.861 (Enrollee application for external review) and rules adopted by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services to carry out the provisions of this section and ORS 743.861 (Enrollee application for external review). Each insurer shall provide the external review through an independent review organization that is under contract with the director to provide external review. Each health benefit plan must allow an enrollee, by applying to the insurer or the director, to obtain review by an independent review organization of a dispute relating to an adverse benefit determination by the insurer on one or more of the following:

(a) Whether a course or plan of treatment is medically necessary.

(b) Whether a course or plan of treatment is experimental or investigational.

(c) Whether a course or plan of treatment that an enrollee is undergoing is an active course of treatment for purposes of continuity of care under ORS 743.854 (Continuity of care).

(d) Whether a course or plan of treatment is delivered in an appropriate health care setting and with the appropriate level of care.

(2) An insurer shall incur all costs of its external review program. The insurer may not establish or charge a fee payable by enrollees for conducting external review.

(3) When an enrollee applies for external review, the director shall appoint an independent review organization. When an independent review organization is appointed, the insurer shall forward all medical records and other relevant materials to the independent review organization no later than five business days after the appointment. The insurer shall produce additional information as requested by the independent review organization to the extent that the information is reasonably available to the insurer. An independent review organization may reverse the adverse benefit determination if the insurer fails to furnish records, information and materials to the independent review organization in a timely manner.

(4) An enrollee may submit additional information to the independent review organization no later than five business days after the enrollees receipt of notification of the appointment of the independent review organization and the organization must consider the information in its review.

(5) The insurer and the director shall expedite the external review:

(a) If the adverse benefit determination concerns an admission, the availability of care, a continued stay or a health care service for a medical condition for which the enrollee received emergency services, as defined in ORS 743A.012 (Emergency services), and has not been discharged from a health care facility; or

(b) If a provider with an established clinical relationship to the enrollee certifies in writing and provides supporting documentation that the ordinary time period for external review would seriously jeopardize the life or health of the enrollee or the enrollees ability to regain maximum function. [2001 c.266 §8; 2011 c.500 §31]