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OHCA Policies and Rules

317:30-5-111 Coverage for adults

[Revised 09-14-2020]

For persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older, payment is made to hospitals for inpatient services as described in this section.

(1) All general inpatient hospital services which are not provided under the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) payment methodology for all persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older is limited to ninety (90) days per person per state fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).  The ninety (90) day limitation applies to both hospital and physician services.  No exceptions or extensions will be made to the ninety (90) day inpatient services limitation.

(2) All inpatient stays are subject to post-payment utilization review by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority's (OHCA) designated Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).  These reviews are based on severity of illness and intensity of treatment.

(A) It is the policy and intent of OHCA to allow hospitals and physicians the opportunity to present any and all documentation available to support the medical necessity of an admission and/or extended stay of a SoonerCare member.  If the QIO, upon their initial review determines the admission should be denied, a notice is issued to the facility and the attending physician advising them of the decision.  This notice also advises that a reconsideration request may be submitted within the specified time frame on the notice and consistent with the Medicare guidelines.  Additional information submitted with the reconsideration request is reviewed by the QIO that utilizes an independent physician advisor.  If the denial decision is upheld through this review of additional information, the QIO sends written notification of the denial decision to the hospital, attending physician and the OHCA.  Once the OHCA has been notified, the overpayment is processed as per the final denial determination.

(B) If the hospital or attending physician did not request reconsideration from the QIO, the QIO informs OHCA there has been no request for reconsideration and as a result their initial denial decision is final.  OHCA, in turn, processes the overpayment as per the denial notice sent to the OHCA by the QIO.

(C) If an OHCA, or its designated agent, review results in denial and the denial is upheld throughout the appeal process and refund from the hospital and physician is required, the member cannot be billed for the denied services.

(3) If a hospital or physician believes that a hospital admission or continued stay is not medically necessary and thus not compensable but the member insists on treatment, the member should be informed that he/she will be personally responsible for all charges.  If a claim is filed and paid and the service is later denied, the patient is not responsible.

(4) Payment is made to a participating hospital for hospital based physician's services.  The hospital must have a Hospital-Based Physician's contract with OHCA for this method of billing.

(5) Outpatient services for adults are covered as listed in Oklahoma Administrative Code 317:30-5-42.1.

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.

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