(1) The following administrative review and fair hearing process applies to all medical assistance providers that are aggrieved by an adverse action of the department, except medical assistance providers appealing eligibility determinations as a real party in interest.
(2) A medical assistance provider, other than a medical assistance provider appealing an eligibility determination as a real party in interest, aggrieved by an adverse action of the department may request an administrative review. The request must be in writing, must state in detail the provider's objections, and must include any substantiating documents and information which the provider wishes the department to consider in the administrative review. The request must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Public Health and Human Services, 111 N. Sanders, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210 and should be addressed or directed to the division of the department that issued the contested determination. The request for administrative review must be received by the department within 30 days of mailing of the department's written determination.
(a) Within the 30 days a provider may request in writing an extension of up to 15 days for submission of a request for administrative review. The department may grant further extensions for good cause shown. Requests for further extensions must be in writing, must be received by the department within the period of any previous extension, and must demonstrate good cause for the extension.
(b) The provider may also request a conference as part of the administrative review. If the provider requests an administrative review conference, the conference must be held at a time scheduled by the department as provided in ARM 37.5.318(3) through (3)(c)(ii). If a provider requests a conference as part of the administrative review, any substantiating materials the provider wishes the department to consider as part of the review may be submitted no later than the time of the conference. The conference may be conducted by the department or its designee and shall be based on the department's records and determination and the provider's written objections and substantiating materials, if any.
(c) No later than 60 days following receipt of the written objections and substantiating materials, if any, or the conference, whichever is later, the department must mail a written determination concerning the provider's objections and substantiating materials and the position the department takes concerning the determination.
(d) A provider must exhaust in a timely manner the administrative review process provided in this rule before requesting a fair hearing. A provider that has not exhausted the administrative review process, including a provider that fails to timely request an administrative review, is not entitled to a fair hearing before the department or the board.
(3) In the event the provider is aggrieved by an adverse department administrative review determination, the following fair hearing procedures will apply. In addition to the authority granted in ARM 37.5.313, the hearings officer may dismiss a fair hearing request if a provider fails to meet any of the requirements of (3)(a) through (3)(e).
(a) The written request for a fair hearing must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Quality Assurance Division, Office of Fair Hearings, P.O. Box 202953, Helena, MT 59620-2953.
(b) The request must be signed by the provider or his designee.
(c) The fair hearing request must be received not later than the 30th calendar day following the date of mailing of the department's written administrative review determination.
(d) The fair hearing request must contain a short and plain statement of each reason the provider contends the department's administrative review determination fails to comply with applicable law, regulations, rules, or policies.
(e) The provider must serve a copy of the hearing request upon the department's division that issued the contested determination within three working days of filing the request. Service by mail is permitted.
(f) The hearings officer will conduct the fair hearing in accordance with the applicable provisions of this subchapter at Helena, Montana. The hearing shall be in person except that the hearing may be conducted by telephone as mutually agreed by the parties.
(g) The hearings officer will render a written proposed decision within 90 calendar days of final submission of the matter to him.
(4) In the event the provider or department is aggrieved by a hearings officer's proposed decision, the provider or department may request review by the Board of Public Assistance as provided in ARM 37.5.331.
(5) The provisions of this rule apply in addition to the other applicable provisions of this subchapter, except that the provisions of this rule shall control in the event of a conflict with the other provisions of this subchapter.