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55 Pa. Code § 1101.91. Recipient misutilization and abuse.


§ 1101.91. Recipient misutilization and abuse.

 (a)  Identification of recipient misutilization and abuse. It is a function of the CAO to identify recipient misutilization; abuse or possible fraud in relation to the MA Program. Therefore, providers should notify the CAO if they have reason to believe that a recipient is misutilizing or abusing MA services or may be defrauding the MA Program. In addition, the Department has established procedures for reviewing recipient utilization of MA services. The review procedures identify recipients or families that are receiving excessive or unnecessary treatment, diagnostic services, drugs, medical supplies, or other services by visiting numerous practitioners. If the results of the Department’s review warrant it, the recipient will be placed on the restricted recipient program, which means that he will be restricted to obtaining certain services from a single provider of his choice.

 (b)  Restricted recipient program. A recipient who has been placed on the restricted recipient program will be notified in writing at least 10 days prior to the effective date of the restriction. The notice will include the name of a proposed provider which will become the one the recipient shall use if he does not notify the Department, in writing, prior to the effective date of the restriction, that he wishes to choose a different provider. If, during a period of restriction, a recipient wishes to change a designated provider, a 30-day written notice shall be given in writing to the Office of Medical Assistance.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  1101.33 (relating to recipient eligibility); 55 Pa. Code §  1121.54 (relating to noncompensable services and items); and 55 Pa. Code §  1141.53 (relating to payment conditions for outpatient services).

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