EmblemHealth provides processes for members and practitioners to dispute a determination that results in a denial of payment and/or covered services. Process, terminology, filing instructions, applicable time frames and additional and/or external review rights vary based on the type of plan in which the member is enrolled. The processes in this section apply to EmblemHealth Medicare HMO and EmblemHealth Medicare PPO plans, as well as Medicare Part D.
View the processes for HIP Medicaid and HIP Family Health Plus plans.
View the processes for Commercial and HIP Child Health Plus plans.
We do not discriminate against practitioners or members, or attempt to terminate a practitioner's agreement or disenroll a member, for filing a request for dispute resolution.
We have interpreter services available to assist members with language and hearing/vision impairments.
Payments for Services in Dispute
EmblemHealth network practitioners may not seek payment from members for either covered services or services determined by EmblemHealth's Care Management program not to be medically necessary unless the member agrees, in writing and in advance of the service, to such payment as a private patient and the written agreement is placed in the member's medical record. Any practitioner attempting to collect such payment from the member in the absence of such a written agreement does so in breach of the contractual provisions with EmblemHealth. Such breach may be grounds for termination of the practitioner's contract.
Glossary terms found on this page:
A legal agreement between an individual member or an employer group and a health plan that describes the benefits and limitations of the coverage.
A medically necessary service for which a member is entitled to receive partial or complete coverage under the terms and conditions of the benefit program, is within the scope of the practitioner's practice and the practitioner is authorized to render pursuant to the terms of the agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The group of physicians, hospital, and other medical care providers that a specific plan has contracted with to deliver medical services to its members.
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.