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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS

    Chapter 2S:

      Section: 26:2S-2: Definitions relative to health care quality.

2. As used in sections 2 through 19 of this act:

"Behavioral health care services" means procedures or services rendered by a health care provider for the treatment of mental illness, emotional disorders, or drug or alcohol abuse. "Behavioral health care services" does not include: any quality assurance or utilization management activities or treatment plan reviews conducted by a carrier, or a private entity on behalf of the carrier, pertaining to these services, whether administrative or clinical in nature; or any other administrative functions, including, but not limited to, accounting and financial reporting, billing and collection, data processing, debt or debt service, legal services, promotion and marketing, or provider credentialing.

"Carrier" means an insurance company, health service corporation, hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, or health maintenance organization authorized to issue health benefits plans in this State.

"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance.

"Contract holder" means an employer or organization that purchases a contract for services.

"Covered person" means a person on whose behalf a carrier offering the plan is obligated to pay benefits or provide services pursuant to the health benefits plan.

"Covered service" means a health care service provided to a covered person under a health benefits plan for which the carrier is obligated to pay benefits or provide services.

"Department" means the Department of Banking and Insurance.

"Health benefits plan" means a benefits plan which pays or provides hospital and medical expense benefits for covered services, and is delivered or issued for delivery in this State by or through a carrier. Health benefits plan includes, but is not limited to, Medicare supplement coverage and risk contracts to the extent not otherwise prohibited by federal law. For the purposes of this act, health benefits plan shall not include the following plans, policies, or contracts: accident only, credit, disability, long-term care, CHAMPUS supplement coverage, coverage arising out of a workers' compensation or similar law, automobile medical payment insurance, personal injury protection insurance issued pursuant to P.L.1972, c.70 (C.39:6A-1 et seq.), or hospital confinement indemnity coverage.

"Health care provider" means an individual or entity which, acting within the scope of its licensure or certification, provides a covered service defined by the health benefits plan. Health care provider includes, but is not limited to, a physician and other health care professionals licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes, and a hospital and other health care facilities licensed pursuant to Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

"Independent utilization review organization" means an independent entity comprised of physicians and other health care professionals who are representative of the active practitioners in the area in which the organization will operate and which is under contract with the department to provide medical necessity or appropriateness of services appeal reviews pursuant to this act.

"Managed behavioral health care organization" means an entity, other than a carrier, which contracts with a carrier to provide, undertake to arrange, or administer behavioral health care services to covered persons through health care providers employed by the managed behavioral health care organization or otherwise make behavioral health care services available to covered persons through contracts with health care providers.

"Managed behavioral health care organization" does not include a person or entity that, for an administrative fee only, solely arranges a panel of health care providers for a carrier for the provision of behavioral health care services on a discounted fee-for-service basis.

"Managed care plan" means a health benefits plan that integrates the financing and delivery of appropriate health care services to covered persons by arrangements with participating providers, who are selected to participate on the basis of explicit standards, to furnish a comprehensive set of health care services and financial incentives for covered persons to use the participating providers and procedures provided for in the plan.

"Subscriber" means, in the case of a group contract, a person whose employment or other status, except family status, is the basis for eligibility for enrollment by the carrier or, in the case of an individual contract, the person in whose name the contract is issued.

"Utilization management" means a system for reviewing the appropriate and efficient allocation of health care services under a health benefits plan according to specified guidelines, in order to recommend or determine whether, or to what extent, a health care service given or proposed to be given to a covered person should or will be reimbursed, covered, paid for, or otherwise provided under the health benefits plan. The system may include: preadmission certification, the application of practice guidelines, continued stay review, discharge planning, preauthorization of ambulatory care procedures, and retrospective review.

L.1997, c.192, s.2; amended 2005, c.172, s.1; 2012, c.17, s.294.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.

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