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WAC 284-43-222

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(1) An issuer must include essential community providers in its provider network for qualified health plans and qualified stand-alone dental plans in compliance with this section and as defined in WAC 284-43-221.
(2) An issuer must include a sufficient number and type of essential community providers in its provider network to provide reasonable access to the medically underserved or low-income in the service area, unless the issuer can provide substantial evidence of good faith efforts on its part to contract with the providers or facilities in the service area. Such evidence of good faith efforts to contract will include documentation about the efforts to contract but not the substantive contract terms offered by either the issuer or the provider.
(3) The following minimum standards apply to establish adequate qualified health plan inclusion of essential community providers:
(a) Each issuer must demonstrate that at least thirty percent of available primary care providers, pediatricians, and hospitals that meet the definition of an essential community provider in each plan's service area participate in the provider network;
(b) The issuer's provider network must include access to one hundred percent of Indian health care providers in a service area, as defined in WAC 284-43-130(16), such that qualified enrollees obtain all covered services at no greater cost than if the service was obtained from network providers or facilities;
(c) Within a service area, fifty percent of rural health clinics located outside an area defined as urban by the 2010 Census must be included in the issuer's provider network;
(d) For essential community provider categories of which only one or two exist in the state, an issuer must demonstrate a good faith effort to contract with that provider or providers for inclusion in its network, which will include documentation about the efforts to contract but not the substantive contract terms offered by either the issuer or the provider;
(e) For qualified health plans that include pediatric oral services or qualified dental plans, thirty percent of essential community providers in the service area for pediatric oral services must be included in each issuer's provider network;
(f) Ninety percent of all federally qualified health centers and FQHC look-alike facilities in the service area must be included in each issuer's provider network;
(g) At least one essential community provider hospital per county in the service area must be included in each issuer's provider network;
(h) At least fifteen percent of all providers participating in the 340B program in the service area, balanced between hospital and nonhospital entities, must be included in the issuer's provider network;
(i) By 2016, at least seventy-five percent of all school-based health centers in the service area must be included in the issuer's network.
(4) An issuer must, at the request of a school-based health center or group of school-based health centers, offer to contract with such a center or centers to reimburse covered health care services delivered to enrollees under an issuer's health plan.
(a) If a contract is not entered into, the issuer must provide substantial evidence of good faith efforts on its part to contract with a school-based health center or group of school-based health centers. Such evidence of good faith efforts to contract will include documentation about the efforts to contract but not the substantive contract terms offered by either the issuer or the provider.
(b) "School-based health center" means a school-based location for the delivery of health services, often operated as a partnership of schools and community health organizations, which can include issuers, which provide on-site medical and mental health services through a team of medical and mental health professionals to school-aged children and adolescents.
(5) An issuer must, at the request of an Indian health care provider, offer to contract with such a provider to reimburse covered health care services delivered to qualified enrollees under an issuer's health plan.
(a) Issuers are encouraged to use the current version of the Washington State Indian Health Care Provider Addendum, as posted on http://www.aihc-wa.com, to supplement the existing provider contracts when contracting with an Indian health care provider.
(b) If an Indian health care provider requests a contract and a contract is not entered into, the issuer must provide substantial evidence of good faith efforts on its part to contract with the Indian health care provider. Such evidence of good faith efforts to contract will include documentation about the efforts to contract but not the substantive contract terms offered by either the issuer or the provider.
(6) These requirements do not apply to integrated delivery systems pursuant to RCW 43.71.065.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.44.050, 48.46.200, 48.20.450, 48.43.515, 48.44.020, 48.44.080, 48.46.030, 45 C.F.R. 156.230, 156.235, and 156.245. WSR 14-22-007, § 284-43-222, filed 10/23/14, effective 11/23/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 48.02.060, 48.18.120, 48.20.460, 48.43.505, 48.43.510, 48.43.515, 48.43.530, 48.43.535, 48.44.050, 48.46.200, 48.20.450, 48.44.020, 48.44.080, 48.46.030, 45 C.F.R. §§ 156.230, 156.235, and 156.245. WSR 14-10-017 (Matter No. R 2013-22), § 284-43-222, filed 4/25/14, effective 5/26/14.]