2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 22:3085 — Binding nature of external review decisions
§3085. Binding nature of external review decisions
A. Coverage for the services required under this Chapter shall be provided subject to the terms and conditions generally applicable to benefits under the evidence of coverage under the plan. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to require the plan to pay for services that are not otherwise covered pursuant to the evidence of coverage under the plan or otherwise required under any applicable state or federal law.
B. An external review decision made pursuant to this Chapter shall be binding on the MNRO and on any health insurance issuer or health benefit plan that utilizes the MNRO for making medical necessity determinations.
C. An external review decision shall be binding on the covered person for purposes of determining coverage under a health benefit plan that requires a determination of medical necessity for a medical service to be covered.
D. A covered person or his representatives, heirs, assigns, or health care providers shall have a cause of action for benefits or damages against an MNRO, health insurance issuer, health benefit plan, or independent review organization for any action involving or resulting from a decision made pursuant to this Chapter if the determination or opinion was rendered in bad faith or involved negligence, gross negligence, or intentional misrepresentation of factual information about the covered person's medical condition.
Acts 1999, No. 401, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.
NOTE: See Acts 1999, No. 401, §2, regarding applicability.
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