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1.15.2017 UM 7 B: Specific criterion referenced in a denial decision In UM 7, Element B, factor 2, organizations are required to reference the specific criterion used to make a denial decision. How specific does the criterion need to be?

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.

UM_CR 2016