Private Review Agent Renewal Requirements

Title 38, Chapter 51 of the South Carolina Code of Laws defines the regulations and requirements for utilization reviews and private review agents. A utilization review is a system for reviewing health care resources and services for a patient or group of patients, and a private review agent is the person who performs the review.

Insurance companies, administrators of insurance benefit plans, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) licensed and regulated by the South Carolina Department of Insurance are exempt from the certification requirements for private review agents. Private review agents performing utilization reviews only for single-employer, self-insured employee health plans are also exempt from the certification requirements. However, all companies, administrators, HMOs, and agents, whether licensed by the department or exempt from certification, must comply with the standards and procedures for utilization reviews as mandated by South Carolina law.

South Carolina does not recognize Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC) accreditation.

  1. The renewal period is June 1 through June 30 of every even year. You will not be able to process the renewal through NIPR until the renewal is open on June 1.
  2. Renewal fee is $800 annually. 
  3. The renewal application and renewal fee must be completed on NIPR. There is additional information that will need to be submitted to the SC Department of Insurance to complete your renewal. Please fill out this form and email to the Specialty Licensing Team.