(A) Time and place of the hearing
(1) The hearing shall be conducted at a reasonable time, date, and place. The hearing will usually be conducted at the local agency, since it is usually most convenient to the individual. However, there may be circumstances which warrant conducting the hearing at another time, date, or place. In these cases, efforts shall be made to schedule the hearing at a time, date, and place convenient to all parties involved.
(a) The bureau of state hearings may elect to have the hearing officer participate via video conference, with the appellant and the county representatives participating at the local agency.
(b) Documents shall be provided to the hearing officer for inclusion in the record in accordance to the requirements for telephone hearings as set forth in rule 5101:6-6-04 of the Administrative Code.
(c) State hearings conducted via video conference shall be considered face to face hearings.
(2) When a hearing request can be identified as involving a prevention retention and contingency (PRC) program issue, dealing with an emergent need, or a denial of expedited food assistance, the hearing shall be scheduled and conducted more quickly than other requests, if necessary, so that the decision can be issued within the thirty-day period specified in rule 5101:6-7-01 of the Administrative Code.
(3) The hearings section shall expedite food assistance hearing requests from assistance groups, such as migrant farm workers, that plan to move from the county before the hearing decision would normally be issued.
(a) Hearing requests from these assistance groups shall be scheduled and conducted more quickly than other requests, if necessary, to enable them to receive a decision, and a restoration of benefits if appropriate, before they leave the county.
(b) To qualify, the assistance group must submit, in writing if possible, its planned date of move. When this information is provided in an oral request, the local agency shall put the information in writing and forward it to the district hearings section with the hearing request, if possible, or immediately upon receipt.
(4) Hearings involving the determination of the community spouse resource allowance shall be conducted within thirty days of the date of the hearing request. This requirement shall not prevent the granting of otherwise appropriate postponements and continuances.
(5) When the hearing is conducted at the local agency, the local agency shall provide adequate accommodations where the hearing can be conducted in privacy, with the proper decorum, and with a minimum of distractions.
(B) The bureau of state hearings shall send written notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing to the individual and authorized representative, to the local agency, and to the medical determination units identified in paragraph (C)(1) of this rule, who may be participating, via use of a notice describing the date, place, and time of the state hearing.
(1) A copy of the scheduling notice shall be retained and included in the hearing record.
(2) This notice shall be mailed at least ten calendar days prior to the date of the hearing, unless the appellant or authorized representative requests less advance notice in order to expedite scheduling. Expedited hearings may be granted at the discretion of the hearing authority.
(3) When the hearing request involves action or lack of action by a managed care plan, copies of the scheduling notice shall be sent to the managed care plan and to the managed care contract administration section (MCCAS), ODJFS.
(4) The scheduling notice shall:
(a) Provide the name, address and telephone number of the person to notify if the individual cannot attend the hearing.
(b) Explain that the hearing request will be dismissed if the appellant or authorized representative fails, without good cause, to appear for the hearing.
(c) Explain state hearing procedures and provide other information necessary for the individual's understanding of the proceedings and the effective presentation of his or her case.
(d) Explain that the appellant or representative may examine the case file prior to the hearing.
(1) Attendance at the hearing is limited to the following:
(a) The agency representative.
(b) The individual and/or authorized representative.
(c) Legal representation for the individual and for the agency.
(d) Witnesses called by the individual and the agency to present relevant testimony.
(e) Other persons, only if the individual agrees and if their attendance does not interfere with the orderly conduct of the hearing.
(2) When the hearing involves one of the medical determination issues listed in this paragraph, the agency representative shall be an employee of the medical determination unit or agency, or an agent of that office.
(a) Medical determination issues include the following:
(i) Prior authorization for medical services.
(ii) Need for long-term care.
(iii) Determination of disability and incapacity.
(iv) Precertification of hospital admissions and medical procedures.
(v) Preadmission screening and resident review (PASRR) determinations made by the Ohio department of mental health and the Ohio department of developmental disabilities.
(vi) Coordinated services program (CSP) issues, including enrollment, continued enrollment, denial of a requested designated provider or pharmacy change, and denial of payment for services by a nondesignated provider.
(vii) Home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver determinations.
(viii) County board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities actions.
(b) The medical determination unit shall participate in the hearing, either in person or by telephone.
(c) If the medical determination unit is to participate in the hearing by telephone, such participation shall be as described in rule 5101:6-6-04 of the Administrative Code.
(3) When the hearing involves action or lack of action by a managed care plan, a representative of the managed care plan shall participate in the hearing as the agency representative.
The managed care plan representative shall participate in the hearing either in person or by telephone.
If the managed care plan representative is to participate in the hearing by telephone, such participation shall be as described in rule 5101:6-6-04 of the Administrative Code.
(4) Any disputes regarding attendance shall be resolved by the hearing officer prior to the hearing.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/14/2011 and 01/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3125.25, 5101.35
Rule Amplifies: 3125.25, 5101.35, 5111.085, 5111.179
Prior Effective Dates: 4/15/75, 6/1/80, 6/2/80, 9/18/80, 10/1/81, 2/1/82, 5/1/82, 10/1/82, 1/1/83, 7/3/83, 11/1/83 (Temp), 12/22/83, 3/1/84 (Temp), 6/1/84, 5/1/85 (Emer), 7/30/85, 4/1/87, 8/20/87, 9/1/87, 9/30/22 (Emer), 12/22/88, 4/1/89, 12/29/89 (Emer), 3/22/90, 6/1/93, 6/1/97, 5/15/99, 6/1/03, 9/1/08, 7/1/11 (Emer)