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Subchapter 006 : Clinical Utilization Review Board(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 2031)
§ 2031. Creation of Clinical Utilization Review Board
(a) No later than June 15, 2010, the Department of Vermont Health Access shall create a Clinical Utilization Review Board to examine existing medical services, emerging technologies, and relevant evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and make recommendations to the Department regarding coverage, unit limitations, place of service, and appropriate medical necessity of services in the State's Medicaid programs.
(b) The Board shall comprise 10 members with diverse medical experience, to be appointed by the Governor upon recommendation of the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access. The Board shall solicit additional input as needed from individuals with expertise in areas of relevance to the Board's deliberations. The Medical Director of the Department of Vermont Health Access shall serve as the State's liaison to the Board. Board member terms shall be staggered, but in no event longer than three years from the date of appointment. The Board shall meet at least quarterly, provided that the Board shall meet no less frequently than once per month for the first six months following its formation.
(c) The Board shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
(1) Identify and recommend to the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access opportunities to improve quality, efficiencies, and adherence to relevant evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in the Department's medical programs by:
(A) examining high-cost and high-use services identified through the programs' current medical claims data;
(B) reviewing existing utilization controls to identify areas in which improved utilization review might be indicated, including use of elective, nonemergency, out-of-state outpatient and hospital services;
(C) reviewing medical literature on current best practices and areas in which services lack sufficient evidence to support their effectiveness;
(D) conferring with commissioners, directors, and councils within the Agency of Human Services and the Department of Financial Regulation, as appropriate, to identify specific opportunities for exploration and to solicit recommendations;
(E) identifying appropriate but underutilized services and recommending new services for addition to Medicaid coverage;
(F) determining whether it would be clinically and fiscally appropriate for the Department of Vermont Health Access to contract with facilities that specialize in certain treatments and have been recognized by the medical community as having good clinical outcomes and low morbidity and mortality rates, such as transplant centers and pediatric oncology centers; and
(G) considering the possible administrative burdens or benefits of potential recommendations on providers, including examining the feasibility of exempting from prior authorization requirements those health care professionals whose prior authorization requests are routinely granted.
(2) Recommend to the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access the most appropriate mechanisms to implement the recommended evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Such mechanisms may include prior authorization, prepayment, postservice claim review, and frequency limits. Recommendations shall be consistent with the Department's existing utilization processes, including those related to transparency, timeliness, and reporting. Prior to submitting final recommendations to the Commissioner of Vermont Health Access, the Board shall ensure time for public comment is available during the Board's meeting and identify other methods for soliciting public input.
(d) The Commissioner may adopt a mechanism recommended pursuant to subdivision (c)(2) of this section with or without amendment, provided that if the Commissioner proposes to amend the mechanism recommended by the Board, he or she shall request the Board to consider the amendment before the mechanism is implemented or is filed as a proposed administrative rule pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 838. (Added 2009, No. 146 (Adj. Sess.), § C34; amended No. 156, § F.7; 2011, No. 78 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. April 2, 2012.)