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New Provisions for Provider Agreements
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New Provisions for Provider Agreements

The State of New Jersey has released new provisions for all Horizon NJ Health participating providers, effective July 1, 2013. All providers and subcontractors who serve enrollees in New Jersey’s managed care program must agree to the new provisions.

The following language will be included in all provider contracts and subcontracts, effective immediately.  

A. SUBJECTION OF PROVIDER CONTRACT/SUBCONTRACT

This provider contract/subcontract shall be subject to the applicable material terms and conditions of the contract between the contractor and the State and shall also be governed by and construed in accordance with all laws, regulations and contractual obligations incumbent upon the contractor.

B. COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

The provider/subcontractor agrees that it shall carry out its obligations as herein provided in a manner prescribed under applicable federal and State laws, regulations, codes, and guidelines including New Jersey licensing board regulations, the Medicaid, NJ KidCare, and NJ FamilyCare State Plans, and in accordance with procedures and requirements as may from time to time be promulgated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

C. APPROVAL OF PROVIDER CONTRACTS/SUBCONTRACTS AND AMENDMENTS

The provider/subcontractor understands that the State reserves the right in its sole discretion to review and approve or disapprove this provider contract/subcontract and any amendments thereto.

D. EFFECTIVE DATE

This provider contract/subcontract shall become effective only when the contractor’s agreement with the State takes effect.

E. NON-RENEWAL/TERMINATION OF PROVIDER CONTRACT/SUBCONTRACT

The provider/subcontractor understands that the contractor shall notify DMAHS at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the suspension, termination, or voluntary withdrawal of the provider/subcontractor from participation in the contractor’s network. If the termination was “for cause,” the contractor's notice to DMAHS shall include the reasons for the termination. Provider resource consumption patterns shall not constitute “cause” unless the contractor can demonstrate it has in place a risk adjustment system that takes into account enrollee health-related differences when comparing across providers.

F. ENROLLEE-PROVIDER COMMUNICATIONS

1. The contractor shall not prohibit or restrict the provider/subcontractor from engaging in medical communications with the provider’s/subcontractor’s patient, either explicit or implied, nor shall any provider manual, newsletters, directives, letters, verbal instructions, or any other form of communication prohibit medical communication between the provider/subcontractor and the provider’s/subcontractor’s patient. Providers/subcontractors shall be free to communicate freely with their patients about the health status of their patients, medical care or treatment options regardless of whether benefits for that care or treatment are provided under the provider contract/subcontract, if the professional is acting within the lawful scope of practice. Providers/subcontractors shall be free to practice their respective professions in providing the most appropriate treatment required by their patients and shall provide informed consent within the guidelines of the law including possible positive and negative outcomes of the various treatment modalities.

2. Nothing in section F.1 shall be construed:

a. To prohibit the enforcement, including termination, as part of a provider contract/subcontract or agreement to which a health care provider is a party, of any mutually agreed upon terms and conditions, including terms and conditions requiring a health care provider to participate in, and cooperate with, all programs, policies, and procedures developed or operated by the contractor to assure, review, or improve the quality and effective utilization of health care services (if such utilization is according to guidelines or protocols that are based on clinical or scientific evidence and the professional judgment of the provider), but only if the guidelines or protocols under such utilization do not prohibit or restrict medical communications between providers/subcontractors and their patients; or

b. To permit a health care provider to misrepresent the scope of benefits covered under this provider contract/subcontractor or to otherwise require the contractor to reimburse providers/subcontractors for benefits not covered.

G. RESTRICTION ON TERMINATION OF PROVIDER CONTRACT/ SUBCONTRACT BY CONTRACTOR

The contractor shall not terminate this provider contract/subcontract for either of the following reasons:

1. Because the provider/subcontractor expresses disagreement with the contractor's decision to deny or limit benefits to a covered person or because the provider/subcontractor assists the covered person to seek reconsideration of the contractor's decision; or because the provider/subcontractor discusses with a current, former, or prospective patient any aspect of the patient's medical condition, any proposed treatments or treatment alternatives, whether covered by the contractor or not, policy provisions of the contractor, or the provider/subcontractor’s personal recommendation regarding selection of a health plan based on the provider/subcontractor’s personal knowledge of the health needs of such patients.

2. Because the provider/subcontractor engaged in medical communications, either explicit or implied, with a patient about medically necessary treatment options, or because the provider/subcontractor practiced its profession in providing the most appropriate treatment required by its patients and provided informed consent within the guidelines of the law, including possible positive and negative outcomes of the various treatment modalities.

H. TERMINATION OF PROVIDER CONTRACT/SUBCONTRACT – STATE

The provider/subcontractor understands and agrees that the State may order the termination of this provider contract/subcontract if it is determined that the provider/subcontractor:

1. Takes any action or fails to prevent an action that threatens the health, safety or welfare of any enrollee, including significant marketing abuses;

2. Takes any action that threatens the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program;

3. Has its certification suspended or revoked by DOBI, DOH, and/or any federal agency or is federally debarred or excluded from federal procurement and non-procurement contracts;

4. Becomes insolvent or falls below minimum net worth requirements;

5. Brings a proceeding voluntarily or has a proceeding brought against it involuntarily, under the Bankruptcy Act;

6. Materially breaches the provider contract/subcontract; or

7. Violates state or federal law, including laws involving fraud, waste, and abuse.

I. NON-DISCRIMINATION

The provider/subcontractor shall comply with the following requirements regarding nondiscrimination:

1. The provider/subcontractor shall accept assignment of an enrollee and not discriminate against eligible enrollees because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex, physical or mental handicap in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC Section 2000d, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC Section 794, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 USC Section 12132, and rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, or as otherwise provided by law or regulation.

2. ADA Compliance. The provider/subcontractor shall comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In providing health care benefits, the provider/subcontractor shall not directly or indirectly, through contractual, licensing, or other arrangements, discriminate against Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare beneficiaries who are “qualified individuals with a disability” covered by the provisions of the ADA. The contractor shall supply a copy of its ADA compliance plan to the provider/subcontractor.

A “qualified individual with a disability” as defined pursuant to 42 U.S.C.§12131 is an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity.

The provider/subcontractor shall submit to [insert name of HMO] a written certification that it is conversant with the requirements of the ADA, that it is in compliance with the law, and certifies that the provider/subcontractor meets ADA requirements to the best of the provider/subcontractor's knowledge. The provider/subcontractor warrants that it will hold the State harmless and indemnify the State from any liability which may be imposed upon the State as a result of any failure of the provider/subcontractor to be in compliance with the ADA. Where applicable, the provider/subcontractor must abide by the provisions of section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, regarding access to programs and facilities by people with disabilities.

3. The provider/subcontractor shall not discriminate against eligible persons or enrollees on the basis of their health or mental health history, health or mental health status, their need for health care services, amount payable to the provider/subcontractor on the basis of the eligible person's actuarial class, or pre-existing medical/health conditions.

4. The provider/subcontractor shall comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000d), the regulations (45 CFR Parts 80 & 84) pursuant to that Act, and the provisions of Executive Order 11246, Equal Opportunity, dated September 24, 1965, the New Jersey anti-discrimination laws including those contained within N.J.S.A. 10: 2-1 through N.J.S.A. 10: 2-4, N.J.S.A. 10: 5-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 10: 5-38, and all rules and regulations issued thereunder, and any other laws, regulations, or orders which prohibit discrimination on grounds of age, race, ethnicity, mental or physical disability, sexual or affectional orientation or preference, marital status, genetic information, source of payment, sex, color, creed, religion, or national origin or ancestry. The provider/subcontractor shall not discriminate against any employee engaged in the work required to produce the services covered by this provider/subcontractor contract, or against any applicant for such employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, sex, marital status, religion, disability or sexual or affectional orientation or preference.

5. Scope. This non-discrimination provision shall apply to but not be limited to the following: recruitment, hiring, employment upgrading, demotion, transfer, lay-off or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship included in PL 1975, Chapter 127.

6. Grievances. The provider/subcontractor agrees to forward to [insert HMO name] copies of all grievances alleging discrimination against enrollees because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual or affectional orientation, physical or mental handicap for review and appropriate action within three (3) business days of receipt by the provider/subcontractor.

J. OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE SERVICES AFTER THE PERIOD OF THE CONTRACTOR’S INSOLVENCY AND TO HOLD ENROLLEES AND FORMER ENROLLEES HARMLESS

1. The provider/subcontractor shall remain obligated to provide all services for the duration of the period after the contractor's insolvency, should insolvency occur, for which capitation payments have been made and, for any hospitalized enrollee, until the enrollee has been discharged from the inpatient facility.

2. The provider/subcontractor agrees that under no circumstances, (including, but not limited to, nonpayment by the contractor or the state, insolvency of the contractor, or breach of agreement) will the provider/subcontractor bill, charge, seek compensation, remuneration or reimbursement from, or have recourse against, enrollees, or persons acting on their behalf, for covered services other than provided in section 2.P.

3. The provider/subcontractor agrees that this provision shall survive the termination of this provider contract/subcontract regardless of the reason for termination, including insolvency of the contractor, and shall be construed to be for the benefit of the contractor or enrollees.

4. The provider/subcontractor agrees that this provision supersedes any oral or written contrary agreement now existing or hereafter entered into between the provider/subcontractor and enrollees, or persons acting on their behalf, insofar as such contrary agreement relates to liability for payment for or continuation of covered services provided under the terms and conditions of this continuation of benefits provisions.

5. The provider/subcontractor agrees that any modification, addition, or deletion to this provision shall become effective on a date no earlier than thirty (30) days after the approval by the State.

6. The provider/subcontractor shall comply with the prohibition against billing members contained in 42 CFR 438.106, N.J.S.A. 30:4D-6.c, and N.J.A.C. 10:74-8.7.

K. INSPECTION

The provider/subcontractor shall allow the New Jersey Department of Human Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and other authorized State agencies, or their duly authorized representatives, to inspect or otherwise evaluate the quality, appropriateness, and timeliness of services performed under the provider contract/subcontract, and to inspect, evaluate, and audit any and all books, records, and facilities maintained by the provider/subcontractor pertaining to such services, at any time during normal business hours (and after business hours when deemed necessary by DHS or DHHS) at a New Jersey site designated by the State. Inspections may be unannounced for cause.

The subcontractor shall also permit the State, at its sole discretion, to conduct onsite inspections of facilities maintained by the provider/subcontractor, prior to approval of their use for providing services to enrollees.

Books and records include, but are not limited to, all physical records originated or prepared pursuant to the performance under this provider contract/subcontract, including working papers, reports, financial records and books of account, medical records, dental records, prescription files, provider contracts and subcontracts, credentialing files, and any other documentation pertaining to medical, dental, and nonmedical services to enrollees. Upon request, at any time during the period of this provider contract/subcontract, the provider/subcontractor shall furnish any such record, or copy thereof, to the Department or the Department’s External Review Organization within 30 days of the request. If the Department determines, however, that there is an urgent need to obtain a record, the Department shall have the right to demand the record in less than 30 days, but no less than 24 hours.

The DMAHS, the MFD, or its designee, and the MFCU, shall have the right to inspect, evaluate, and audit all of the following documents in whatever form they are kept, related to this contract:

1. Financial records, including but not limited to tax returns, invoices, inventories, delivery receipts, Medicaid claims;

2. Medical records, including but not limited to medical charts, prescriptions, x-rays, treatment plans, medical administration records, records of the provision of activities of daily living, ambulance call reports;

3. Administrative documents, including but not limited to credentialing files, appointment books, prescription log books, correspondence of any kind with contractor, DMAHS, CMS, any other managed care contractor, Medicaid recipient, contracts with subcontractors, and contracts with billing service providers; and

4. All records required to be kept to fully disclose the extent of services provided to Medicaid recipients, pursuant to NJAC 10:49-9.8(b) (1).

L. RECORD MAINTENANCE

The provider/subcontractor shall agree to maintain all of its books and records in accordance with the general standards applicable to such book or record keeping.

M. RECORD RETENTION

The provider/subcontractor hereby agrees to maintain an appropriate recordkeeping system for services to enrollees. Such system shall collect all pertinent information relating to the medical management of each enrolled beneficiary and make that information readily available to appropriate health professionals and the Department. Records must be retained for the later of:

1. Five (5) years from the date of service, or

2. Three (3) years after final payment is made under the provider contract/subcontract and all pending matters are closed.

If an audit, investigation, litigation, or other action involving the records is started before the end of the retention period, the records shall be retained until all issues arising out of the action are resolved or until the end of the retention period, whichever is later. Records shall be made accessible at a New Jersey site and on request to agencies of the State of New Jersey and the federal government. For enrollees who are eligible through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, records shall be kept in accordance with the provisions under N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10a and 9:6-8:40 and consistent with need to protect the enrollee's confidentiality.

If an enrollee disenrolls from the contractor, the provider/subcontractor shall release medical records of the enrollee as may be directed by the enrollee, authorized representatives of the Department and appropriate agencies of the State of New Jersey and of the federal government. Release of records shall be consistent with the provision of confidentiality expressed in Section 2.R., Confidentiality, and at no cost to the enrollee.

N. DATA REPORTING

The provider/subcontractor agrees to provide all necessary information to enable the contractor to meet its reporting requirements, including specifically with respect to encounter reporting. The encounter data shall be in a form acceptable to the State.

O. DISCLOSURE

1. The provider/subcontractor further agrees to comply with the Prohibition On Use Of Federal Funds For Lobbying provisions of the contractor’s agreement with the State.

2. The provider/subcontractor shall comply with financial disclosure provision of 42 CFR 434, 1903 (m) of the S.S.A., and N.J.A.C. 10:49-19.

3. The provider/subcontractor shall comply with the disclosure requirements concerning ownership and control, related business transactions and persons convicted of a crime pursuant to 42 CFR 455.100-106.

P. LIMITATIONS ON COLLECTION OF COST-SHARING

The provider/subcontractor shall not impose cost-sharing charges of any kind upon Medicaid or NJ FamilyCare A and B enrollees. Personal contributions to care for NJ FamilyCare C enrollees and copayments for NJ FamilyCare D enrollees shall be collected in accordance with the attached schedule.

Q. INDEMNIFICATION BY PROVIDER/SUBCONTRACTOR

1. The provider/subcontractor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the State, its officers, agents and employees, and the enrollees and their eligible dependents from any and all claims or losses accruing or resulting from its negligence in furnishing or supplying work, services, materials, or supplies in connection with the performance of this provider contract/subcontract.

2. The provider/subcontractor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the State, its officers, agents, and employees, and the enrollees and their eligible dependents from liability deriving or resulting from its insolvency or inability or failure to pay or reimburse any other person, firm, or corporation furnishing or supplying work, services, materials, or supplies in connection with the performance of this provider contract/subcontract.

3. The provider/subcontractor agrees further that it will indemnify and hold harmless the State, its officers, agents, and employees, and the enrollees and their eligible dependents from any and all claims for services for which the provider/subcontractor receives payment.

4. The provider/subcontractor agrees further to indemnify and hold harmless the State, its officers, agents and employees, and the enrollees and their eligible dependents, from all claims, damages, and liability, including costs and expenses, for violation of any proprietary rights, copyrights, or rights of privacy arising out of the publication, translation, reproduction, delivery, performance, use, or disposition of any data furnished to it under this provider contract/subcontract, or for any libelous or otherwise unlawful matter contained in such data that the provider/subcontractor inserts.

5. The provider/subcontractor shall indemnify the State, its officers, agents and employees, and the enrollees and their eligible dependents from any injury, death, losses, damages, suits, liabilities judgments, costs and expenses and claim of negligence or willful acts or omissions of the provider/subcontractor, its officers, agents, and employees arising out of alleged violation of any State or federal law or regulation. The provider/subcontractor shall also indemnify and hold the State harmless from any claims of alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act by the subcontractor/provider.

R. CONFIDENTIALITY

1. General. The provider/subcontractor hereby agrees and understands that all information, records, data, and data elements collected and maintained for the operation of the provider/subcontractor and the contractor and Department and pertaining to enrolled persons, shall be protected from unauthorized disclosure in accordance with the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 1396(a)(7)(Section 1902(a)(7) of the Social Security Act), 42 CFR Part 431, subpart F, 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, subparts A & E, N.J.S.A. 30:4D-7 (g) and N.J.A.C. 10:49-9.4. Access to such information, records, data and data elements shall be physically secured and safeguarded and shall be limited to those who perform their duties in accordance with provisions of this provider contract/subcontract including the Department of Health and Human Services and to such others as may be authorized by DMAHS in accordance with applicable law. For enrollees covered by the contractor's plan that are eligible through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, records shall be kept in accordance with the provisions under N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.10a and 9:6-8:40 and consistent with the need to protect the enrollee's confidentiality.

2. Enrollee-Specific Information. With respect to any identifiable information concerning an enrollee that is obtained by the provider/subcontractor, it: (a) shall not use any such information for any purpose other than carrying out the express terms of this provider contract/subcontract; (b) shall promptly transmit to the Department all requests for disclosure of such information; (c) shall not disclose except as otherwise specifically permitted by the provider contract/subcontract, any such information to any party other than the Department without the Department’s prior written authorization specifying that the information is releasable under 42 CFR, Section 431.300 et seq., and (d) shall, at the expiration or termination of the provider contract/subcontract, return all such information to the Department or maintain such information according to written procedures sent by the Department for this purpose.

3. Employees. The provider/subcontractor shall instruct its employees to keep confidential information concerning the business of the State, its financial affairs, its relations with its enrollees and its employees, as well as any other information which may be specifically classified as confidential by law.

4. Medical Records and management information data concerning enrollees shall be confidential and shall be disclosed to other persons within the provider’s/subcontractor's organization only as necessary to provide medical care and quality, peer, or grievance review of medical care under the terms of this provider contract/subcontract.

5. The provisions of this article shall survive the termination of this provider contract/subcontract and shall bind the provider/subcontractor so long as the provider/subcontractor maintains any individually identifiable information relating to Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare beneficiaries.

6. Notification in Case of Breach. Should there be a breach of confidentiality with respect to the data, information or records described in this section, the provider/subcontractor is responsible for complying, at a minimum, with the following statues and regulations: (1) Section 13402 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) (Pub. L. 111-5), 42 U>S>C> 17932 et. seq. and the implementing regulations at 45 CFR Part 164, subpart D; and (2) the Identity Theft Prevention Act, N.J.S.A. 56:11-44 et. seq.

S. CLINICAL LABORATORY IMPROVEMENT

The provider/subcontractor shall ensure that all laboratory testing sites providing services under this provider contract/subcontract have either a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) certificate of waiver or a certificate of registration along with a CLIA identification number. Those laboratory service providers with a certificate of waiver shall provide only those tests permitted under the terms of their waiver. Laboratories with certificates of registration may perform a full range of laboratory tests.

T. FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE

1. The provider/subcontractor agrees to assist the contractor as necessary in meeting its obligations under its contract with the State to identify, investigate, and take appropriate corrective action against fraud, waste, and/or abuse (as defined in 42 CFR 455.2) in the provision of health care services.

2. If the State has withheld payment and/or initiated a recovery action against the provider/subcontractor, or withheld payments pursuant to 42 CFR 455.23 and NJAC 10:49-9.10(a), the contractor shall have the right to withhold payments from the provider/subcontractor and/or forward those payments to the State.

3. The contractor and its providers, and subcontractors, whether or not they are enrolled Medicaid providers, shall cooperate fully with state and federal oversight and prosecutorial agencies, including but not limited to, DMAHS, MFD, DOH, MFCU, HHS-OIG, FBI, DEA, FDA, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The contractor shall include language in its contracts with its providers and subcontractors, requiring cooperation, and stating that a failure to cooperate shall be grounds for termination of the contractor’s agreement with the provider or subcontractor. Such cooperation shall include providing access to all necessary recipient information, medical and clinical information, correspondence, documents, computer files, and appropriate staff.

4. MFD shall have the right to recover directly from providers and enrollees in the contractor’s network for the audits and investigations MFD solely conducts. Such money that MFD recovers directly shall not be shared with the contractor, but reported to DMAHS in the format that the contractor reports its recoveries to DMAHS. In addition, as a part of its recovery process, MFD shall have the right to request the contractor to withhold payment to a provider in its network as a result of an MFD audit or investigation of managed care claims. Money withheld from a provider by the contractor shall be sent to MFD from the contractor and reported to DMAHS in the format that the contractor reports its recoveries to DMAHS.

5. The contractor shall have the right to recover directly from providers and enrollees in the contractor’s network for the audits and investigations the contractor solely conducts.

U. THIRD PARTY LIABILITY

1. The provider/subcontractor shall utilize, whenever available, and report any other public or private third party sources of payment for services rendered to enrollees.

2. Except as provided in subsection 3. below, if the provider/subcontractor is aware of third party coverage, it shall submit its claim first to the appropriate third party before submitting a claim to the contractor.

3. In the following situations, the provider/subcontractor may bill the contractor first and then coordinate with the liable third party, unless the contractor has received prior approval from the State to take other action.

a. The coverage is derived from a parent whose obligation to pay support is being enforced by the Department of Human Services.

b. The claim is for prenatal care for a pregnant woman or for preventive pediatric services (including EPSDT services) that are covered by the Medicaid program.

c. The claim is for labor, delivery, and post-partum care and does not involve hospital costs associated with the inpatient hospital stay.

d. The claim is for a child who is in a DCP&P supported out of home placement.

e. The claim involves coverage or services mentioned in 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, or 3.d, above in combination with another service.

4. If the provider/subcontractor knows that the third party will neither pay for nor provide the covered service, and the service is medically necessary, the provider/subcontractor may bill the contractor without having received a written denial from the third party.

5. Sharing of TPL Information by the Provider/Subcontractor.

a. The provider/subcontractor shall notify the contractor within thirty (30) days after it learns that an enrollee has health insurance coverage not reflected in the health insurance provided by the contractor, or casualty insurance coverage, or of any change in an enrollee’s health insurance coverage.

b. When the provider/subcontractor becomes aware that an enrollee has retained counsel, who either may institute or has instituted a legal cause of action for damages against a third party, the provider/subcontractor shall notify the contractor in writing, including the enrollee’s name and Medicaid identification number, date of accident/incident, nature of injury, name and address of enrollee’s legal representative, copies of pleadings, and any other documents related to the action in the provider’s/subcontractor’s possession or control. This shall include, but not be limited to (for each service date on or subsequent to the date of the accident/incident), the enrollee’s diagnosis and the nature of the service provided to the enrollee.

c. The provider/subcontractor shall notify the contractor on no less than a weekly basis when it becomes aware of the death of one of its Medicaid enrollees age 55 or older, utilizing the “Combined Notification of Death and Estate Referral Form” located in subsection B.5.1 of the Appendix.

d. The provider/subcontractor agrees to cooperate with the contractor’s and the State’s efforts to maximize the collection of third party payments by providing to the contractor updates to the information required by this section.

V. ENROLLEE PROTECTIONS AGAINST LIABILITY FOR PAYMENT

1. As a general rule, if a participating or non-participating provider renders a covered service to a managed care enrollee, the provider’s sole recourse for payment, other than collection of any authorized cost-sharing and /or third party liability, is the contractor, not the enrollee. A provider may not seek payment from, and may not institute or cause the initiation of collection proceedings or litigation against, an enrollee, an enrollee’s family member, any legal representative of the enrollee, or anyone else acting on the enrollee’s behalf unless subsections (a) through and including (f) or subsection (g) below apply:

a. (1) The service is not a covered service; or (2) the service is determined to be medically unnecessary before it is rendered; or (3) the provider does not participate in the program either generally or for that service; and

b. The enrollee is informed in writing before the service is rendered that one or more of the conditions listed in subsection (a) above exist, and voluntarily agrees

in writing before the service is rendered to pay for all or part of the provider’s charges; and

c. The service is not an emergency or related service covered by the provisions of 42 USC 1396u-2(b)(2)(A)(i) , 42 CFR 438.114, N.J.S.A. 30:4D-6i or N.J.S.A. 30:4J-4.1 (as both of these provisions may be amended by State Appropriations Act language in effect at the time the service is rendered, as set forth in Section 4.2.1D.2 of the contract), and/or NJAC 10:74-9.1; and

d. The service is not a trauma service covered by the provisions of NJAC 11:24-6.3(a)3.i; and

e. The protections afforded to enrollees under 42 USC 1395w-4(g)(3)(A), 42 USC 1395cc(a)(1)(A), 42 USC 1396a(n)(3), 42 USC 1396u-2(b)(6), 42 CFR 438.106, NJAC 11:24-9.1(d)9, and/or NJAC 11:24-15.2(b)7.ii do not apply; and

f. The provider has received no program payments from either DMAHS or the contractor for the service; or

g. The enrollee has been paid for the service by a health insurance company or other third party (as defined in NJSA 30:4D-3.m), and the enrollee has failed or refused to remit to the provider that portion of the third party’s payment to which the provider is entitled by law.

2. Notwithstanding any provision in this contract to the contrary, an enrollee shall not be responsible for the cost of care, except for any authorized cost-sharing, under the following circumstances:

a. The services are provided in association with an emergency department visit or inpatient stay at a participating network hospital, whether or not the servicing provider(s) or the admitting physician is a participating provider in the contractor’s network; or

b. The enrollee obtains a referral/authorization for services by, and schedules an appointment with, a participating specialist, but a non-participating specialist affiliated with the same practice as the participating specialist renders the services because the participating specialist is not available.