MANAGED CARE REFORM
41-3903. Definitions. (1) "Basic health care services" means the following services: preventive care, emergency care, inpatient and outpatient hospital and physician care, hospital-based rehabilitation treatment, diagnostic laboratory and diagnostic and therapeutic radiological services. It does not include mental health services or services for alcohol or drug abuse, dental or vision services or long-term rehabilitation treatment.
(2) "Coinsurance" means a percentage amount a member is responsible to pay out-of-pocket for health care services after satisfaction of any applicable deductibles or copayments, or both.
(3) "Copayment" means an amount a member must pay to a provider in payment for a specific health care service which is not fully prepaid.
(4) "Deductible" means the amount of expense a member must first incur before the managed care organization begins payment for covered services.
(5) "Director" means the director of the department of insurance of the state of Idaho.
(6) "Emergency facility" means any hospital or other facility where emergency services are provided to a member including, but not limited to, a physician’s office.
(7) "Emergency services" means those health care services that are provided in a hospital or other emergency facility after the sudden onset of a medical condition that manifests itself by symptoms of sufficient severity including, but not limited to, severe pain, that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected by a prudent person who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine, to result in:
(a) Placing the patient’s health in serious jeopardy;
(b) Serious impairment to bodily functions; or
(c) Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.
(8) "Employer" means any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association.
(9) "Enrollee" means a person who either individually or through a group has entered into a contract for services under a managed care plan.
(10) "General managed care plan" means a managed care plan which provides directly or arranges to provide, at a minimum, basic health care services. A general managed care plan shall include basic health care services.
(11) "Health care contract" means a contract entered into by a managed care organization and an enrollee.
(12) "Health care services" means those services offered or provided by health care facilities and health care providers relating to the prevention, cure or treatment of illness, injury or disease.
(13) "Limited managed care plan" means a managed care plan which provides dental care services, vision care services, mental health services, substance abuse services, pharmaceutical services, podiatric care services or such other services as the director may establish by rule to be limited health care services. Limited health care services shall not include hospital, medical, surgical or emergency services except as those services are provided incident to limited health care services.
(14) "Managed care organization" means a public or private person or organization which offers a managed care plan. Unless otherwise specifically stated, the provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person or organization offering a managed care plan, whether or not a certificate of authority to offer the plan is required under this chapter.
(15) "Managed care plan" means a contract of coverage given to an individual, family or group of covered individuals pursuant to which a member is entitled to receive a defined set of health care benefits through an organized system of health care providers in exchange for defined consideration and which requires the member to use, or creates financial incentives for the member to use, health care providers owned, managed, employed by or under contract with the managed care organization. A person holding a license to transact disability insurance offering a health plan that creates financial incentives to use contracting providers may elect to file the plan as a nonmanaged care plan not subject to the provisions of this chapter if the health plan reimburses providers solely on a fee for service basis and does not require the selection of a primary care provider. The election to file a health plan as a nonmanaged care plan shall be made in writing at the time the plan is filed with the director pursuant to chapter 18, title 41, Idaho Code.
(16) "Member" means a policyholder, enrollee or other individual participating in a managed care plan.
(17) "Person" means any natural or artificial person including, but not limited to, individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations or other legally recognized entities.
(18) "Provider" means any physician, hospital, or other person licensed or otherwise authorized to furnish health care services.
(19) "Utilization management program" means a system of reviewing the medical necessity, appropriateness, or quality of health care services and supplies provided under a managed care plan using specified guidelines. Such a system may include, but is not limited to, preadmission certification, the application of practice guidelines, continued stay review, discharge planning, preauthorization of ambulatory procedures and retrospective review.
[41-3903, added 1997, ch. 204, sec. 5, p. 582; am. 1998, ch. 142, sec. 1, p. 505; am. 2004, ch. 283, sec. 2, p. 799.]