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40-22a16. Same; judicial review; limitation on duplicative reviews; contractual services; rules and regulations. On and after July 1, 2011:

(a) The decision of the external review organization may be reviewed directly by the district court at the request of either the insured, insurer or health insurance plan. The review by the district court shall be de novo. The decision of the external review organization shall not preclude the insured, insurer or health insurance plan from exercising other available remedies applicable under state or federal law. Seeking a review by the district court or any other available remedies exercised by the insured, insurer or health insurance plan after the decision of the external review organization will not stay the external review organization's decision as to the payment or provision of services to be rendered during the pendency of the review by the insurer or health insurance plan. All material used in an external review and the decision of the external review organization as a result of the external review shall be deemed admissible in any subsequent litigation.

(b) In no event shall more than one external review be available for any request arising out of the same set of facts during a period of 12 consecutive months commencing on the date of the initial request for external review. An insured may not pursue, either concurrently or sequentially, an external review process under both a federal and state law.

(c) The commissioner of insurance is hereby authorized to negotiate and enter into contracts necessary to perform the duties required by K.S.A. 40-22a13 through 40-22a16, and amendments thereto.

(d) The commissioner of insurance shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of K.S.A. 40-22a13 through 40-22a16, and amendments thereto. The rules and regulations shall ensure that the commissioner is able to provide for an effective and efficient external review of health care services.

(e) Except as provided in subsection (a), the decision of the external review organization shall be binding on the insured and the insurer or health insurance plan.

History: L. 1999, ch. 162, § 9; L. 2011, ch. 111, § 5; July 1.



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