The typical evaluation time frame is 12 months from application submission to decision, depending on an organization’s readiness. Some organizations may already be working within NCQA guidelines.
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The intent of the requirement is that the denial or appeal notice be written in language that can be easily understood by members. Because abbreviations/acronyms may include terms that are not easily understood, even when spelled out, they must be explained. NCQA is updating the explanation under each applicable factor of the referenced elements to read:
NCQA will post an update in December for the 2018 and 2019 HP and UM-CR-PN and 2018 MBHO publications to reflect this change.
Voicemail meets UM requirements only when the organization notifies a practitioner about the opportunity to discuss a denial decision. The organization must document who left the message, along with the date and time it was left. Voicemail messages do not meet any other notification requirement.
No. Beginning with files processed on and after February 1, 2017, pharmacists are not considered same-or-similar specialists because they do not treat patients in most instances.
Note: An FAQ communicating that pharmacists are not considered same-or-similar specialists was posted on October 15, 2016, and this policy was applied beginning February 1, 2017 (90 days from notification).
Organizations with one level of appeal will be evaluated against the timeliness requirements specified in the current 2017 standard. Medicaid organizations that maintain a two-level appeal process will be evaluated under the 2016 standard requirements; these time frames apply:
The criterion referenced must be identifiable by name and must be specific to an organization or source (e.g., ABC PBM’s Criteria for Treatment of Hypothyroidism with Synthroid or CriteriaCompany Inc.’s Guidelines for Wound Treatment). If it is clear that the criterion is attributable to the organization, it is acceptable to state “our Criteria for XXX” (e.g., our Criteria for Treating High Cholesterol with Lipitor).
Note: This also applies to Element E and Element H in HPA and Element E in UM-CR.