2021 Texas Statutes
Insurance Code
Title 14 - Utilization Review and Independent Review
Chapter 4202 - Independent Review Organizations
Section 4202.004. Certification

Universal Citation: TX Ins Code § 4202.004 (2021)

Sec. 4202.004. CERTIFICATION. (a) To be certified as an independent review organization under this chapter, an organization must submit to the commissioner an application in the form required by the commissioner. The application must include:

(1) for an applicant that is publicly held, the name of each shareholder or owner of more than five percent of any of the applicant's stock or options;

(2) the name of any holder of the applicant's bonds or notes that exceed $100,000;

(3) the name and type of business of each corporation or other organization described by Subdivision (4) that the applicant controls or is affiliated with and the nature and extent of the control or affiliation;

(4) the name and a biographical sketch of each director, officer, and executive of the applicant and of any entity listed under Subdivision (3) and a description of any relationship the applicant or the named individual has with:

(A) a health benefit plan;

(B) a health maintenance organization;

(C) an insurer;

(D) a utilization review agent;

(E) a nonprofit health corporation;

(F) a payor;

(G) a health care provider;

(H) a group representing any of the entities described by Paragraphs (A) through (G); or

(I) any other independent review organization in the state;

(5) the percentage of the applicant's revenues that are anticipated to be derived from independent reviews conducted under Subchapter I, Chapter 4201;

(6) a description of:

(A) the areas of expertise of the physicians or other health care providers making review determinations for the applicant;

(B) the procedures used by the applicant to verify physician and provider credentials, including the computer processes, electronic databases, and records, if any, used; and

(C) the software used by the credentialing manager for managing the processes, databases, and records described by Paragraph (B);

(7) the procedures to be used by the applicant in making independent review determinations under Subchapter I, Chapter 4201; and

(8) a description of the applicant's use of communications, records, and computer processes to manage the independent review process.

(b) The commissioner shall establish certifications for independent review of health care services provided to persons eligible for workers' compensation medical benefits and other health care services after considering accreditation, if any, by a nationally recognized accrediting organization that imposes requirements for accreditation that are the same as, substantially similar to, or more stringent than the department's requirements for accreditation.

(c) The department shall make available to applicants applications for certification to review health care services provided to persons eligible for workers' compensation medical benefits and other health care services.

(d) The commissioner shall require that each officer of the applicant and each owner or shareholder of the applicant or, if the purchaser is publicly held, each owner or shareholder described by Subsection (a)(1) submit a complete and legible set of fingerprints to the department for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The department shall conduct a criminal history check of each applicant using information:

(1) provided under this section; and

(2) made available to the department by the Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and any other criminal justice agency under Chapter 411, Government Code.

(e) An application for certification for review of health care services must require an organization that is accredited by an organization described by Subsection (b) to provide the department evidence of the accreditation. The commissioner shall consider the evidence if the accrediting organization published and made available to the commissioner the organization's requirements for and methods used in the accreditation process. An independent review organization that is accredited by an organization described by Subsection (b) may request that the department expedite the application process.

(f) A certified independent review organization that becomes accredited by an organization described by Subsection (b) may provide evidence of that accreditation to the department that shall be maintained in the department's file related to the independent review organization's certification.

(g) Certification must be renewed biennially.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 727 (H.B. 2017), Sec. 4, eff. April 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1024 (H.B. 2645), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2013.

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