(a) If the health care provider is dissatisfied with the insurance carrier’s final action on a medical bill, the health care provider may request that the insurance carrier reconsider its action. If the health care provider is requesting reconsideration of a bill denied based on an adverse determination, the request for reconsideration constitutes an appeal for the purposes of § 19.2011 of this title (relating to Written Procedures for Appeal of Adverse Determinations) and may be submitted orally or in writing.
(b) The health care provider shall submit the request for reconsideration no later than 10 months from the date of service.
(c) A health care provider shall not submit a request for reconsideration until:
(1) the insurance carrier has taken final action on a medical bill; or
(2) the health care provider has not received an explanation of benefits within 50 days from submitting the medical bill to the insurance carrier.
(d) A written request for reconsideration shall:
(1) reference the original bill and include the same billing codes, date(s) of service, and dollar amounts as the original bill;
(2) include a copy of the original explanation of benefits, if received, or documentation that a request for an explanation of benefits was submitted to the insurance carrier;
(3) include any necessary and related documentation not submitted with the original medical bill to support the health care provider’s position; and
(4) include a bill-specific, substantive explanation in accordance with § 133.3 of this title (relating to Communication Between Health Care Providers and Insurance Carriers) that provides a rational basis to modify the previous denial or payment.
(e) An oral request for reconsideration must clearly identify the health care service(s) denied based on an adverse determination and include a substantive explanation in accordance with § 133.3 of this title that provides a rational basis to modify the previous denial or payment. Not later than the fifth working day after the date of receipt of the request for reconsideration, the insurance carrier must send to the requesting party a letter acknowledging the date of the receipt of the oral request that includes a reasonable list of documents the requesting party is required to submit. This subsection applies to reconsideration requests made on or after six months from the effective date of this rule.
(f) An insurance carrier shall review all written reconsideration requests for completeness in accordance with subsection (d) of this section and may return an incomplete written reconsideration request no later than seven days from the date of receipt. A health care provider may complete and resubmit its written request to the insurance carrier.
(g) The insurance carrier shall take final action on a reconsideration request within 30 days of receiving the request for reconsideration. The insurance carrier shall provide an explanation of benefits:
(1) in accordance with § 133.240(e)-(f) of this title (relating to Medical Payments and Denials) for all items included in a reconsideration request in the form and format prescribed by the division when there is a change in the original, final action; or
(h) A health care provider shall not resubmit a request for reconsideration earlier than 35 days from the date the insurance carrier received the original request for reconsideration or after the insurance carrier has taken final action on the reconsideration request.
(i) If the health care provider is dissatisfied with the insurance carrier’s final action on a medical bill after reconsideration, the health care provider may request medical dispute resolution in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 133, Subchapter D of this title (relating to Dispute of Medical Bills).
(j) For the purposes of this section, all utilization review must be performed by an insurance carrier that is registered with, or a utilization review agent that is certified by, the Texas Department of Insurance to perform utilization review in accordance with Insurance Code, Chapter 4201 and Chapter 19 of this title. Additionally, all utilization review agents or registered insurance carriers who perform utilization review under this section must comply with Labor Code § 504.055 and any other provisions of Chapter 19, Subchapter U of this title (relating to Utilization Reviews for Health Care Provided under Workers’ Compensation Coverage) that relate to the expedited provision of medical benefits to first responders employed by political subdivisions who sustain a serious bodily injury in course and scope of employment.
(k) In any instance where the insurance carrier is questioning the medical necessity or appropriateness of the health care services, the insurance carrier shall comply with the requirements of § 19.2010 of this title (relating to Requirements Prior to Adverse Determination) and § 19.2011 of this title, including the requirement that prior to issuance of an adverse determination on the request for reconsideration the insurance carrier shall afford the health care provider a reasonable opportunity to discuss the billed health care with a doctor or, in cases of a dental plan or chiropractic services, with a dentist or chiropractor, respectively.
The provisions of this §133.250 adopted to be effective May 2, 2006, 31 TexReg 3544; amended to be effective July 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 2408; amended to be effective March 30, 2014, 39 TexReg 2095.