2018 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 26 - INSURANCE CODE
CHAPTER 34 - HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS
SECTION 26-34-108 - Quality assurance program.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 26-34-108 (2018)

26-34-108. Quality assurance program.

(a) The health maintenance organization shall establish procedures to assure that the health care services provided to enrollees are rendered under reasonable standards of quality of care consistent with prevailing professionally recognized standards of medical practice. The procedures shall include mechanisms to assure availability, accessibility and continuity of care.

(b) The health maintenance organization shall have an ongoing internal quality assurance program to monitor and evaluate its health care services, including primary and specialist physician services, and ancillary and preventive health care services, across all institutional and noninstitutional settings. The program shall include, at a minimum, the following:

(i) A written statement of goals and objectives which emphasizes improved health status in evaluating the quality of care rendered to enrollees;

(ii) A written quality assurance plan which describes the following:

(A) The health maintenance organization's scope and purpose in quality assurance;

(B) The organizational structure responsible for quality assurance activities;

(C) Contractual arrangements, where appropriate, for delegation of quality assurance activities;

(D) Confidentiality policies and procedures;

(E) A system of ongoing evaluation activities;

(F) A system of focused evaluation activities;

(G) A system for credentialing providers and performing peer review activities; and

(H) Duties and responsibilities of the designated physician responsible for the quality assurance activities.

(iii) A written statement describing the system of ongoing quality assurance activities including:

(A) Problem assessment, identification, selection and study;

(B) Corrective action, monitoring, evaluation and reassessment; and

(C) Interpretation and analysis of patterns of care rendered to individual patients by individual providers.

(iv) A written statement describing the system of focused quality assurance activities based on representative samples of the enrolled population which identifies method of topic selection, study, data collection, analysis, interpretation and report format; and

(v) Written plans for taking appropriate corrective action whenever, as determined by the quality assurance program, inappropriate or substandard care or services have been provided, or care or services which should have been furnished have not been provided.

(c) The organization shall record proceedings of formal quality assurance program activities and maintain documentation in a confidential manner. Quality assurance program minutes shall be available to the administrator. Contents of the minutes shall be confidential to the extent confidentiality is provided under the provisions of W.S. 16-4-203(d)(i) and (vii), 26-34-129, 26-34-130, 35-2-605 through 35-2-617, 35-2-910 or 35-17-105.

(d) The organization shall ensure the use and maintenance of an adequate patient record system which will facilitate documentation and retrieval of clinical information for the purpose of the health maintenance organization evaluating continuity and coordination of patient care and assessing the quality of health and medical care provided to enrollees.

(e) Enrollee clinical records shall be available to the administrator or an authorized designee for examination and review to ascertain compliance with this section, or as deemed necessary by the administrator.

(f) The organization shall establish a mechanism for periodic reporting of quality assurance program activities to the governing body, providers and appropriate organization staff.

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