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  • Access to Care and Delivery System > Physician Incentive Program

    In the event EmblemHealth elects to operate a physician incentive plan, no specific payment will be made directly or indirectly to a network practitioner or group as an inducement to reduce or limit medically necessary services furnished to a member. All practitioner agreements will include language requiring that the practitioner submit incentive plan information to EmblemHealth in an accurate and timely manner and in the format requested by the NYSDOH.

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    Acronym for Medicare Advantage. An alternative to the traditional Medicare program in which private plans run by health insurance companies provide health care benefits that eligible beneficiaries would otherwise receive directly from the Medicare program.

    Health care that is rendered by a hospital or a licensed or certified provider and is determined by EmblemHealth to meet all of the criteria listed below:

    • It is provided for the diagnosis or direct care or treatment of the condition, illness, disease, injury or ailment.
    • It is consistent with the symptoms or proper diagnosis and treatment of the medical condition, disease, injury or ailment.
    • It is in accordance with accepted standards of good medical practice in the community.
    • It is furnished in a setting commensurate with the member's medical needs and condition.
    • It cannot be omitted under the standards referenced above.
    • It is not in excess of the care indicated by generally accepted standards of good medical practice in the community.
    • It is not furnished primarily for the convenience of the member, the member's family or the provider.
    • In the case of a hospitalization, the care cannot be rendered safely or adequately on an outpatient basis or in a less intensive treatment setting and, therefore, requires the member receive acute care as a bed patient.

    The fact that a provider has prescribed a service or supplies care does not automatically mean the service or supply will qualify for reimbursement under the EmblemHealth plan. To be eligible for reimbursement by EmblemHealth, all covered services must meet EmblemHealth's medical necessity criteria, described above.

    Medically necessary with respect to Medicaid and Family Health Plus members means health care and services that are necessary to prevent, diagnose, manage or treat conditions that cause acute suffering, endanger life, result in illness or infirmity, interfere with a person's capacity for normal activity or threaten some significant handicap.

    An individual and each of his or her eligible dependents, including Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled or participate in a benefit program and who are entitled to receive covered services from the practitioner pursuant to such benefit program and the terms of the practitioner's agreement.

    The group of physicians, hospital, and other medical care providers that a specific plan has contracted with to deliver medical services to its members.

    The state regulatory agency that certifies reimbursement methods and rates to hospitals and reviews HMO activities in the state of New York. Also called the New York State Department of Health.

    New York State Department of Health. This agency provides information for consumers, doctors, researchers and health care providers.

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