2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:30-30 - Maintenance of claims records; audit required.
17B:30-30 Maintenance of claims records; audit required.
5. a. A payer shall maintain a record which shall be audited by a private auditing firm at the expense of the payer, to be submitted to the commissioner, Governor and the Legislature annually, in a form established by the commissioner by regulation, of the number of claims, by category:
(1) that are denied because they are for an ineligible service or the health care service was not rendered by an eligible health care provider under the health benefits or dental plan;
(2) that are rejected at their initial submission because of a lack of substantiating documentation;
(3) that are rejected at their initial submission because of incorrect coding or incorrect enrollment information;
(4) that are rejected at their initial submission because of the amount claimed;
(5) that are not paid in accordance with the time limit established by law because the payer deems the claim to require special treatment that prevents timely payments from being made;
(6) that are not paid in accordance with the time limits for payment established by law even though the claims meet the criteria established by law;
(7) upon which the 10% interest penalty established by law has been paid, and the aggregate amount of interest paid for the period covered by the report;
(8) that are denied or referred to the payer's fraud investigation unit, if applicable, or to the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in the Department of Law and Public Safety established pursuant to section 32 of P.L.1998, c.21 (C.17:33A-16) because the payer has reason to believe that the claim has been submitted fraudulently; and
(9) any other information the commissioner requires.
b. After reviewing an audit, the commissioner may, if he deems it necessary: require the implementation of a plan of remedial action by the payer; require that the payer's claims processing procedures be monitored by a private auditing firm for a time period he deems appropriate; or both.
If, following an audit, the implementation of a plan of remediation or the monitoring of the payer's claims processing procedures, the commissioner determines that:
(1) an unreasonably large or disproportionate number of eligible claims continue to be rejected, denied, or not paid in a timely fashion for the reasons set forth in paragraph (4), (5) or (6) of subsection a. of this section; or
(2) a payer has failed to pay interest as required pursuant to law, the commissioner shall impose a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 upon the payer, to be collected pursuant to "the penalty enforcement law," N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.
c. Every financial examination of a payer performed pursuant to section 11 of P.L.1938, c.366 (C.17:48-11), section 15 of P.L.1940, c.74 (C.17:48A-15), section 26 of P.L.1968, c.305 (C.17:48C-26), section 13 of P.L.1979, c.478 (C.17:48D-13), section 36 of P.L.1985, c.236 (C.17:48E-36), N.J.S.17B:21-1 et seq. or section 9 of P.L.1973, c.337 (C.26:2J-9), as applicable, shall include an examination of the payer's compliance with the provisions of this section.