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A. A utilization review agent shall not conduct utilization review in this state unless the utilization review agent meets or is exempt from this article.
B. A person is exempt from sections 20-2504, 20-2505, 20-2506, 20-2507 and 20-2508 and section 20-2509, subsection A if the person:
1. Is accredited by the utilization review accreditation commission, the national committee for quality assurance or any other nationally recognized accreditation process recognized by the director.
2. Conducts internal utilization review for hospitals, home health agencies, clinics, private offices or other health facilities or entities if the review does not result in the approval or denial of payment for hospital or medical services.
3. Conducts utilization review activities exclusively for work related injuries and illnesses covered under the workers' compensation laws in title 23.
4. Conducts utilization review activities exclusively for a self-funded or self-insured employee benefit plan if the regulation of that plan is preempted by section 514(b) of the employee retirement income security act of 1974 (29 United States Code section 1144(b)).
C. A utilization review agent shall conduct utilization review in accordance with the agent's utilization review plan that is on file with the department pursuant to section 20-2505 and in accordance with section 20-2532.