The dual-eligible member has the choice of selecting a Medicaid or Medicare appeal process. In the written notice of the initial adverse determination, EmblemHealth will provide notice that:
- A Medicare appeal must be filed within 60 days from the date of the denial.
- Filing a Medicare appeal means that the member cannot file for a State Fair Hearing.
- The member may still file for Medicare appeal after filing for Medicaid appeal, if it is within the 60-day period.
How to File an Action Appeal
Members wishing to dispute an action may do so themselves or designate a person to act on their behalf by filing an action appeal. To appoint a designee, members must submit by fax or by mail a signed HIPAA-compliant Appointment of Representative form or a Power of Attorney form that specifies the individual as an authorized party. An Appointment of Representative form is not necessary for members who choose to have their practitioner file a dispute on their behalf. A provider may file a UR appeal for concurrent and retrospective denials.
Action appeals should be accompanied by a copy of the action, an explanation outlining the details of the request for a review and all documentation to support a reversal of the decision. The appeal may be filed in writing or by telephone. We will send acknowledgement within 15 days of receipt of the appeal and request any necessary information in writing. Oral appeals are followed up by written signed appeal. Oral appeal acknowledgement letters include a statement summarizing the substance of the appeal. If the substance of this summary is not accurate or is not understood by the member/representative, he/she is instructed in the letter to correct the attached confirmation statement and return it to the attention of EmblemHealth.
Action Appeal Reviews
The review will be conducted by a qualified EmblemHealth medical director who was neither involved in prior determinations nor the subordinate of any person involved in the initial action determination. A clinical peer reviewer must be available within one business day.
Before and during the appeal review period, the member or designee may see their case file. The member may present evidence to support their appeal in person or in writing.
Note: When a claim is denied exclusively due to untimely filing, the practitioner acting on their own behalf may file a request for reconsideration. In order to qualify, the practitioner must demonstrate that the late submission was an unusual occurrence and that they have a pattern of submitting claims in a timely manner.
Glossary terms found on this page:
An activity of EmblemHealth or its subcontractor that results in:
- Denial or limited authorization of a service authorization request, including the type or level of service
- Reduction, suspension or termination of a previously authorized service
- Denial, in whole or in part, of payment for a service
- Failure to provide services in a timely manner
- Failure of EmblemHealth to act within the time frames for resolution and notification of determinations regarding complaints, action appeals and complaint appeals
Oral or written request for EmblemHealth to review or reconsider an action by EmblemHealth or its subcontractor.
A determination by EmblemHealth or its agents that an admission, extension of stay or other health care service has been reviewed and, based on the information provided, is not medically necessary.
Oral or written request from a member or their designee for EmblemHealth to review or reconsider a decision made by the plan.
Services that have been approved for payment based on a review of EmblemHealth's policies.
An itemized statement of health care services and their costs provided by a hospital, physician's office or other health care facility. Claims are submitted to the insurer or managed care plan by either the plan member or the provider for payment of the costs incurred.
A physician who possesses a current and valid license to practice medicine or a health care professional other than a licensed physician who:
- Where applicable possesses a current and valid nonrestricted license, certificate or registration or, where no provision for a license, certificate or registration exists, is credentialed by the national accrediting body to the profession
- Is in the same profession and the same or similar specialty as the health care provider who typically manages the medical condition or disease or provides the health care service or treatment under review
A person authorized by the insured to assist in obtaining access to, or payment to, the insured for health care services. If the insured has already received health care services and has no liability for payment of services, a designee will not be authorized for the purpose of requesting an external appeal.
A federal act that protects people who change jobs, are self-employed or have pre-existing medical conditions. The act standardizes an approach to the continuation of health care benefits for individuals and members of small group health plans and establishes parity between the benefits extended to these individuals and those offered to employees in large group plans. The act also contains provisions to ensure that prospective or current enrollees in a group health plan are not discriminated against based on health status and protects the confidentiality of protected health information of members. Also known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Initial determination made by a utilization management agent for a denial of a service authorization request on the basis that the requested service is not medically necessary or an approval of a service authorization in an amount, duration or scope is less than requested.
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 jointly funded federal and state program that provides hospital and medical coverage to the low-income population and certain aged and disabled individuals.
A doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine who is duly licensed to practice medicine and is an employee of, or party to a contract with, a utilization management organization, and has responsibility for clinical oversight of the utilization management organization's utilization management, credentialing, quality management and other clinical functions.
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.
A medical practitioner or covered facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes. A provider may be any of the following, subject to the conditions listed in this paragraph:
- Doctor of medicine
- Doctor of osteopathy
- Doctor of podiatric medicine
- Physical therapist
- Nurse midwife
- Certified and registered psychologist
- Certified and qualified social worker
- Nurse anesthetist
- Speech-language pathologist
- Clinical laboratory
- Screening center
- General hospital
- Any other type of practitioner or facility specifically listed in the member's Certificate of Insurance as a practitioner or facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes
A provider must be licensed or certified to render the covered service. The covered service must be within the scope of the Provider's license or certification.
A request for inpatient review, made while the member is still in the facility, of a case that was denied on the basis of medical necessity.