Dental Benefit Plan Independent Review
This process was established by revisions La-RS 46:460.89, et seq. to resolve claims disputes when a provider believes a Dental Benefit Plan Manager (DBPM) has partially or totally denied claims incorrectly. A DBPM’s failure to send a provider a remittance advice or other written or electronic notice either partially or totally denying a claim within 60 days of the DBPM’s receipt of the claim is considered a claims denial.
Effective August 1, 2018, there will be a $250 fee associated with an independent review request. If the independent reviewer decides in favor of the provider, the DBPM is responsible for paying the fee. Conversely, if the independent reviewer finds in favor of the DBPM, the provider is responsible for paying the fee.
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) administers the independent review process, but does not perform the review of the disputed claims. When a request for independent review is received, LDH determines that the disputed claims are eligible for independent review based on the statutory requirements. If the claims are eligible, LDH will forward the claims to a reviewer that is not a state employee and is independent of both the DBPM and the provider. The decision of the independent reviewer is binding unless either party to the dispute appeals the decision to any court having jurisdiction to review the independent reviewer's decision.
The independent review process is only one option a provider has to resolve claims payment disputes with a DBPM. In lieu of requesting independent review, a provider may pursue any available legal or contractual remedy to resolve the dispute.
To learn more about the independent review process, click here for the Information Packet for Independent Review.
To request independent review of disputed claims, click here for the Form to Request Dental Benefit Plan Independent Review.
Remember to send in the Provider Appeal and Reconsideration Form to the DBPM before you ask LDH for an Independent Review. You can access the form on the DBPM website or click here.
Please mail Dental Independent Review Requests to:
LDH/Program Operations and Compliance
P.O. Box 91283, Bin 32
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9283
Attn: Dental Benefit Plan Independent Review