2017 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 59A - Insurance Code
Article 22 - Health Insurance Contracts
Section 59A-22-52 - Prescription drug prior authorization protocols.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 59A-22-52 (2017)

59A-22-52. Prescription drug prior authorization protocols.

A. After January 1, 2014, a health insurer shall accept the uniform prior authorization form developed pursuant to Sections 2 [59A-2-9.8 NMSA 1978] and 3 [61-11-6.2 NMSA 1978] of this 2013 act as sufficient to request prior authorization for prescription drug benefits.

B. No later than twenty-four months after the adoption of national standards for electronic prior authorization, a health insurer shall exchange prior authorization requests with providers who have e-prescribing capability.

C. If a health insurer fails to use or accept the uniform prior authorization form or fails to respond within three business days upon receipt of a uniform prior authorization form, the prior authorization request shall be deemed to have been granted.

D. As used in this section, "health insurer":

(1) means:

(a) a health insurer;

(b) a nonprofit health service provider;

(c) a health maintenance organization;

(d) a managed care organization; or

(e) a provider service organization; and

(2) does not include:

(a) a person that delivers, issues for delivery or renews an individual policy intended to supplement major medical group-type coverages such as medicare supplement, long-term care, disability income, specified disease, accident-only, hospital indemnity or other limited-benefit health insurance policy;

(b) a physician or a physician group to which a health insurer has delegated financial risk for prescription drugs and that does not use a prior authorization process for prescription drugs; or

(c) a health insurer or its affiliated providers if the health insurer owns and operates its pharmacies and does not use a prior authorization process for prescription drugs.

History: Laws 2013, ch. 170 , 5.

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