Nebraska Revised Statute 44-1312

Chapter 44 Section 1312

44-1312.

Independent review organizations; approval; qualifications; application; contents; fee; termination of approval; director; powers and duties.

(1) The director shall approve independent review organizations eligible to be assigned to conduct external reviews under the Health Carrier External Review Act.

(2) In order to be eligible for approval by the director under this section to conduct external reviews under the act, an independent review organization:

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, shall be accredited by a nationally recognized private accrediting entity that the director has determined has independent review organization accreditation standards that are equivalent to or exceed the minimum qualifications for independent review organizations established under section 44-1313; and

(b) Shall submit an application for approval in accordance with subsection (4) of this section.

(3) The director shall develop an application form for initially approving and for reapproving independent review organizations to conduct external reviews.

(4)(a) Any independent review organization wishing to be approved to conduct external reviews under the act shall submit the application form and include with the form all documentation and information necessary for the director to determine if the independent review organization satisfies the minimum qualifications established under section 44-1313.

(b)(i) Subject to subdivision (4)(b)(ii) of this section, an independent review organization is eligible for approval under this section only if it is accredited by a nationally recognized private accrediting entity that the director has determined has independent review organization accreditation standards that are equivalent to or exceed the minimum qualifications for independent review organizations under section 44-1313.

(ii) The director may approve independent review organizations that are not accredited by a nationally recognized private accrediting entity if there are no acceptable nationally recognized private accrediting entities providing independent review organization accreditation.

(c) The director may charge an application fee that independent review organizations shall submit to the director with an application for approval and reapproval.

(5)(a) An approval is effective for two years, unless the director determines before its expiration that the independent review organization is not satisfying the minimum qualifications established under section 44-1313.

(b) Whenever the director determines that an independent review organization has lost its accreditation or no longer satisfies the minimum requirements established under section 44-1313, the director shall terminate the approval of the independent review organization and remove the independent review organization from the list of independent review organizations approved to conduct external reviews under the act that is maintained by the director pursuant to subsection (6) of this section.

(6) The director shall maintain and periodically update a list of approved independent review organizations.

(7) The director may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.