Unless it is an emergency, the patient should be referred to the PCP the Health Plan has assigned him/her, if the patient knows who the PCP is. If not, the patient can be referred to the Health Plan’s Member Services toll-free number. The name of the patient's Health Plan can be determined by the eligibility verification system, which will be maintained for providers by DXC Technology.
Providers do not directly link patients to a Health Plan. Medicaid and LaCHIP enrollees select their Health Plans and indicate their preferred provider or, if no choice is made, they are assigned to a Plan. During the first 90 days of enrollment, enrollees can change Plans for any reason. After the initial 90 days, the patients are locked into that Health Plan until the next open enrollment, unless they have good cause to change Plans. Patients wishing to change Health Plans should be referred to the Enrollment Center’s toll-free number, 1-855-229-6848. Patients wishing to change doctors should be referred to their Health Plan’s Member Services toll free number.
Medicare Dual eligibles are excluded from Health Plan enrollment. For members with commercial insurance as the primary payer, Medicaid via the Health Plan will be the payer of last resort.
Eligibility can be verified with the Web, phone and swipe card options in the eligibility verification system operated by DXC Technology.
Health Plans pay RHC claims based on the Medicaid PPS rate for that RHC in effect on the date of service. In addition, the existing cost settlement methodology has not changed.
The “not more than 90%” reimbursement rate is based on the Medicaid fee schedule or the Health Plans fee-schedule if greater than Medicaid.
The minimum fee schedule is in the Medicaid fee schedule in effect on the date of service. Differences in a Health Plan’s fee schedule (if applicable) can be obtained directly from that Health Plan.
It is dependent on the contract between the Health Plan and the lab.
As of July 1, 2014, Medicaid dental benefits statewide are managed by MCNA Dental. Most but not all Medicaid and LaCHIP recipients will be enrolled in the Dental Plan. Recipients that are enrolled in the Dental Plan do not have the option to continue to receive dental services through legacy Medicaid, while some recipients are excluded from the Dental Plan. Providers must be credentialed with MCNA to administer dental services to eligible Medicaid recipients.
Health Plans can ensure better coordination of member services, and will ease the burden on providers by assuming responsibility for referrals, care management services and disease management services. Health Plans have more flexibility to restructure resources. The Plans are better able to support providers by assisting with issues such as transportation, referrals and patient compliance that can be problematic in the current program. The networks better support providers in dealing with problematic patients so doctors do not have to expend the time and resources to do so.
Please refer to the Health Plans' Provider Handbooks or direct this question to the Health Plans' Provider Relations, as each Plan has established their own authorization policies. (which do require approval from LDH).
It depends on the Health Plan's policy. Check with your Health Plan first.
Prior authorizations are not required for any outpatient surgical procedures. However, if the procedure is performed on the 1st or 2nd day of the inpatient’s stay a pre-cert is needed.
Yes, the recipient can go to any ER. The Health Plan must cover and pay for emergency services regardless of whether the provider that furnishes the emergency services has a contract with the Health Plan. If an emergency medical condition exists, the Health Plan is obligated to pay for the emergency service.
Please contact the Health Plans' Provider Relations departments for clarification on their prior authorization requirements. They may differ between the Plans.
According to the contract, the Health Plan is financially responsible for post-stabilization care services rendered out of network when pre-approved by a Health Plan representative or provider; or not pre-approved but administered within one hour of requesting prior authorization to maintain the patient's stabilized condition.
Gainwell Technologies, Medicaid's fiscal intermediary, handles claims processing and payment for FFS members. The Health Plans handle claims directly. The Health Plans, not the providers, are responsible for making patient referrals and ensuring access to specialty care, reducing the burden on providers.
Yes. The Health Plans are contracting with home health agencies.