(a) Intermediate sanctions obligation. OHCA will establish intermediate sanctions that it may impose on an MCO if OHCA makes any of the determinations specified in 42 C.F.R. ' 438.700(b)C(d).
(b) Adoption of intermediate sanctions. OHCA adopts the intermediate sanctions as provided at 42 C.F.R. ' 438.702.
(c) Imposition of sanctions. If OHCA makes a determination per 42 C.F.R. '' 438.700 or 438.706 and thereby imposes intermediate sanctions as listed at 42 C.F.R. '' 438.702 or 438.706, OHCA will consider the totality of and follow all relevant regulations at 42 C.F.R. Part 438, Subpart I.
(d) Required imposition of temporary management. In accordance with 42 C.F.R. ' 438.706(b), OHCA will impose the intermediate sanction of temporary management, regardless of any other sanction that may be imposed, if OHCA finds that an MCO has repeatedly failed to meet substantive requirements in sections 1903(m) or 1932 of the Act or 42 C.F.R. Part 438. In this situation, OHCA will also grant enrollees the right to terminate enrollment without cause, as described in 42 C.F.R. ' 438.702(a)(3), and must notify the affected enrollees of their right to terminate enrollment. Notwithstanding any other Section of these rules, OHCA will not delay imposition of temporary management to provide a hearing before imposing this sanction. OHCA will continue this sanction until the MCO can ensure that the sanctioned behavior will not recur.
(e) Retained authority. OHCA retains authority to impose additional sanctions under State statutes or State regulations that address areas of noncompliance specified in 42 C.F.R. ' 438.700, as well as additional areas of noncompliance. Nothing in 42 C.F.R. Part 438, Subpart I, prevents OHCA from exercising that authority.
(f) Notice. Before imposing an intermediate sanction, OHCA will give the affected MCO timely written notice that explains the basis and nature of the sanction and any other appeal rights that OHCA elects to provide.
(g) Right to request fair hearing. Though not required under federal regulation, OHCA provides each MCO the right, upon notice of a sanction other than optional or required temporary management, to request a fair hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) retained by OHCA. The cost of actions necessary to process an MCO's request will be paid by OHCA.
(1) An MCO must file any request for fair hearing within thirty (30) days after receiving the notice.
(2) The ALJ has jurisdiction to hear any request under this section. The ALJ will review the appeal for legal authority and jurisdiction. If legal authority and jurisdictional requirements are met, the ALJ will conduct an administrative hearing according to the hearing practices of OAC 317:2-1-5, provide proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to the parties, and send written notice to the parties of the final order sustaining or denying imposition of the sanction.
(3) At the ALJ's discretion, the ALJ will:
(A) Establish a scheduling order;
(B) Establish reasonable procedures such as authorizing pleadings to be filed by facsimile or electronic mail;
(C) Rule on all interlocutory motions;
(D) Require briefing of any or all issues;
(E) Conduct hearings in a forum and manner as determined by the ALJ;
(F) Rule on the admissibility of all evidence;
(G) Question witnesses;
(H) Impose appropriate sanctions against any person failing to obey an order of the ALJ or authorized under the rules in this section which will include:
(i) Refusing to allow the person to assert or oppose designated claims or defenses, or prohibiting that person from introducing designated matters in evidence;
(ii) Excluding all testimony of an unresponsive or evasive witness; or
(iii) Expelling the person from further participation in the hearing;
(I) Take official notice of any material fact not appearing as evidence in the record, if the fact is among traditional matters of judicial notice;
(J) Administer oaths or affirmations;
(K) Determine the location of the hearing and manner in which it will be conducted;
(L) Allow either party to request that the hearing be recorded by a court reporter with costs to be borne by the requesting party. The original of such transcription, if ordered, will be given to the ALJ with a copy to be given to the requesting party;
(M) Recess and reconvene the hearing;
(N) Set and/or limit the time frame of the hearing;
(O) Make proposed findings of facts and conclusions of law; and
(P) Sustain or deny OHCA's imposition of the sanction(s).