58-17H-3Urgent care request defined.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term, urgent care request means a request for a health care service or course of treatment with respect to which the time periods for making a nonurgent care request determination:

(1)    Could seriously jeopardize the life or health of the covered person or the ability of the covered person to regain maximum function; or

(2)    In the opinion of a physician with knowledge of the covered person's medical condition, would subject the covered person to severe pain that cannot be adequately managed without the health care service or treatment that is the subject of the request.

Except as provided in subdivision (1) of this section, in determining whether a request is to be treated as an urgent care request, an individual acting on behalf of the health carrier shall apply the judgment of a prudent layperson who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine. Any request that a physician with knowledge of the covered person's medical condition determines is an urgent care request within the meaning of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this section shall be treated as an urgent care request.

Source: SL 2011, ch 219, § 92.

Commission Note: SL 2012, ch 239, § 1 provides: "The provisions of chapter 219 of the 2011 Session Laws shall be deemed repealed if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-152, 124 Stat. 1029 (2010) is found to be unconstitutional in its entirety by a final decision of a federal court of competent jurisdiction and all appeals exhausted or time for appeals elapsed."