WACs > Title 182 > Chapter 182-540 > Section 182-540-060
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Kidney disease program (KDP) client appeal rights.
(1) Clients have the right to appeal:
(a) KDP eligibility decisions made by the person's KDP contractor;
(b) Coverage decisions made by the contractor or the first decision submitted by the agency for medical services or devices that are not considered to be for the treatment of the person's ESRD diagnosis; or
(c) The denial, made by the KDP contractor, of services found in WAC 182-540-055(1) which have been denied by a KDP contractor.
(2) Clients do not have the right to appeal:
(a) Reimbursement based on covered or noncovered procedure codes or rates; or
(b) The KDP contractor's decision to not cover services found in WAC 182-540-055(1) when the KDP contractor has gone over its KDP allotted funding.
(3) A client who is aggrieved by a decision made by the KDP contractor may request review of the decision to the agency within thirty days of receiving the notice of the decision by sending a written request for review to the agency's KDP Program Manager, Health Care Authority, P.O. Box 45510, Olympia, WA 98504-5510.
(4) The request for review must clearly identify the name and address of the client requesting the review.
(5) Within thirty days of receiving the request for review, the KDP program manager will send the client a written decision. Failure to request review does not prevent the client from appealing the decision under subsection (6) of this section.
(6) Within ninety days of receiving the KDP contractor's or the KDP program manager's written decision, the client can appeal the decision by sending a written request for hearing to the Health Care Authority, P.O. Box 45504, Olympia, WA 98504-5540.
(7) The request for hearing:
(a) Must clearly identify the name, address, and telephone number of the client requesting the hearing;
(b) Should include a copy of the KDP program manager's written decision which the client is appealing.
(8) The hearing is usually conducted by telephone by an agency presiding officer in accordance with WAC 182-526-0025(1). The client requesting the hearing is responsible for making sure that the agency's presiding officer has the correct telephone number to contact the party for the hearing.
(9) The agency's presiding officer may refer the case in writing to the office of administrative hearings when the:
(a) Client requests an in-person hearing to accommodate a disability; and
(b) The presiding officer determines that the agency does not have the resources needed to conduct the in-person hearing.
(10) When an administrative law judge (ALJ) employed by the office of administrative hearings conducts the hearing on behalf of the agency, the ALJ issues an initial order in accordance with WAC 182-526-0025(1) and 182-526-0215(4).Â Any party may appeal the initial order to an agency review judge in accordance with WAC 182-526-0575.
(11) When a presiding officer employed by the agency conducts the hearing, the agency's presiding officer issues a final order. Any party may request reconsideration of the final order in accordance with chapter 182-526 WAC. The party who requested the hearing, but not the agency, may file a petition for judicial review as provided in WAC 182-526-0605 and 182-526-0620.
(12) The hearing rules found in chapter 182-526 WAC apply to any administrative hearing requested in accordance with subsection (6) of this section. Where the program rules in this chapter conflict with the hearing rules contained in chapter 182-526 WAC, the program rules in this chapter prevail.
(13) Failure to timely request a hearing will result in the loss of right to appeal.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.05.021. WSR 13-23-065, Â§ 182-540-060, filed 11/18/13, effective 1/1/14.]