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  • Radiology Program > Overview

    The EmblemHealth Radiology Program, developed with eviCore, provides diagnostic imaging management for outpatient radiology services. Services targeted for utilization management depend on the EmblemHealth benefit plan.

    eviCore also conducts clinical standard and expedited appeals (excluding members with Medicare plans).

    Assessment and Certification

    All radiologists and non-radiologists participating in our radiology programs undergo a comprehensive site visit, as well as evaluation of equipment, technical staff credentials, continuing education, equipment maintenance records and operating policies. They may also be required to complete the appropriate assessment and certification forms. This process is based on nationally recognized requirements of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American College of Radiology and The Joint Commission.

    Film Review

    Practitioners' film images must comply with the high standards of the American College of Radiology. At least once every two years, practitioners may be required to provide EmblemHealth and/or eviCore with requested materials for an independent review and professional interpretation of films. For this review, we randomly select a sampling of patient studies. At least two board-certified radiologists then assess these studies for technical quality and diagnostic interpretation.

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    Glossary terms found on this page:

    Oral or written request from a member or their designee for EmblemHealth to review or reconsider a decision made by the plan.

    A health insurance product offered by a health plan company that is defined by the benefit contract and represents a set of covered services. Also called a health benefit plan.

    A process in which an individual, an institution or educational program is evaluated and recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards. Certification usually applies to individuals; accreditation usually applies to institutions.

    An individual other than the subscriber who is eligible to receive health care services under the member's Certificate of Insurance. Generally, dependents are limited to the subscriber's spouse and eligible children.

    Oral or written request to review or reconsider an initial adverse determination when waiting for a standard decision could seriously harm the enrollee's life, health or their ability to regain maximum function. For pre-service expedited requests, the practitioner may act on behalf of the member. Also called a fast track appeal.

    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 review to determine whether covered services that have been provided or are proposed to be provided to a member, whether undertaken prior to, concurrent with or subsequent to the delivery of such services are medically necessary. Also called Coordinated Care.

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