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  • Cardiology Imaging Program > Cardiology Imaging Scheduling Procedure

    Plan Participation

    HIP members with HIP as their managing entity (see the member's ID card or eligibility information at www.emblemhealth.com) participate in the Cardiology Imaging Scheduling Procedure.

    When the Program receives a prior approval request, a representative reviews the requested procedure against the existing criteria and determines its medical necessity.

    If a cardiac imaging service on the prior approval chart is approved for a HIP, EmblemHealth CompreHealth EPO, GHI HMO, Vytra or EmblemHealth Medicare HMO member (either by the Program or EmblemHealth), a scheduling representative contacts the member to schedule the procedure at a participating location. Once the location is selected, the medical necessity determination is amended to include an authorization number.

    The program attempts to contact the member for a 48-hour period. If at the end of that period the scheduling representative is unable to speak with the member, the Program selects a participating imaging facility close to the member's home. The Program then sends a letter to both the member and the referring practitioner with the contact information for the site selected.

    Members may contact the scheduling department at 1-866-699-8131, Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 7 pm, to schedule a procedure or change the procedure site prior to the appointment date.

    Note: Echocardiography, echo stress, nuclear stress and cardiac catheterization procedures are not part of the scheduling program.

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    Glossary terms found on this page:

    Services that have been approved for payment based on a review of EmblemHealth's policies.

    A determination of whether or not a person meets the requirements to participate in the plan and receive coverage under the plan.

    A health care benefit arrangement that is similar to a preferred provider organization in administration, structure and operation but does not cover out-of-network care. Also called an Exclusive Provider Organization.

    A hospital, ambulatory surgical facility, birthing center, dialysis center, rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility or other provider certified under New York Public Health Law. A hospice is a facility. An institutional provider of mental health substance abuse treatment operating under New York Mental Hygiene Law and/or approved by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services is a facility.

    An organization that provides comprehensive health care coverage to its members through a network of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Also called a Health Maintenance Organization.

    A card which allows the subscriber to identify himself or his covered dependents to a provider for health care services.

    An organization comprised of individual physicians or physicians in group practices that contracts with the managed care organization on behalf of its member physicians to provide health care services. Also called an Independent Practice Association.

    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.

    A nationwide insurance program for the disabled and people age 65 and over, created by the 1965 amendments to the Social Security Act and operated under the provisions of the Act. It consists of two separate but coordinated programs, Part A and Part B.

    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.

    A health plan that offers benefits in-network and out-of-network. In-network services are available to enrollees at lower out-of-pocket cost than the services of non-network providers. In addition, PPO enrollees may self-refer to any network provider at any time. Also called a Preferred Provider Organization.

    The process of obtaining advanced approval of coverage for a health care service or medication. The request for services is reviewed to assess medical necessity and appropriateness of elective hospital admissions and non-emergency outpatient services before the services are provided. Also called pre-authorization or pre-certification or pre-determination.

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