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OHCA Policies and Rules

317:30-3-14. Freedom of choice

[Revised 09-01-16]

(a) Any Qualified provider. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) assures that any individual eligible for SoonerCare, may obtain services from any institution, agency, pharmacy, person, or organization that is contracted with OHCA and qualified to perform the services.

(b) Member lock-in. SoonerCare members who have demonstrated utilization above the statistical norm, during a 6-month period, may be "locked-in" to a prescriber and/or one pharmacy for medications classified as controlled dangerous substances in accordance with 42 CFR 431.54.

(1) Over-utilization patterns by SoonerCare members may be identified either by referral or by OHCA automated computer systems. SoonerCare records, for a 6-month period, of those identified members are then reviewed. Medical and pharmacy claim histories are reviewed by OHCA pharmacy consultants to determine if the member has unreasonably utilized SoonerCare provider and/or prescription services.

(2) If it is determined that SoonerCare has been over-utilized, the member may be notified, by letter, of the need to select a prescriber and/or pharmacy and of their opportunity for a fair hearing in accordance with OAC 317:2-1-2. If the member does not select a prescriber or pharmacy, one will be selected for the member.

(3) The prescriber and/or pharmacy of choice, unless the aforementioned providers have been identified as having problems with over-utilization, are notified by letter and given an opportunity to accept or decline to be the member's prescriber and/or pharmacy.

(4) When the provider accepts, a confirmation letter is sent to both member and provider showing the effective date of the arrangement.

(5) After the lock-in arrangement is made, the provider may file claims for services provided in accordance with OHCA guidelines.

(6) Locked-in members may obtain emergency services from an emergency room facility for an emergency medical condition or as part of an inpatient admission.

(7) If a claim for a controlled dangerous substance is filed by another pharmacy, the claim will be denied.

(8) A member placed in the lock-in program will remain in lock-in status for a minimum of 24 months. While in lock-in status, the member's usage shall be monitored periodically and shall be reviewed at the end of 24 months.

(9) Following a review, OHCA may elect to continue lock-in for an additional period of up to 24 months, remove the member from lock-in based upon medical necessity, or remove the member based upon program compliance. The member will be provided written notice of OHCA's decision and afforded an opportunity to appeal. OHCA retains the right at any time to impose sanctions in an appropriate case pursuant to OAC 317:35-13-7 or to take other appropriate action for abusive conduct.

(10) The member in the lock-in program may make a request to change providers after the initial three months; when the member moves to a different city or if the member feels irreconcilable differences will prevent necessary medical care. Change of providers based on irreconcilable differences must be approved by OHCA staff or contractor.

(11) OHCA may make a provider change when the provider makes a request for change or may initiate a change anytime it is determined necessary to meet program goals.

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.