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  • Chiropractic Program > Prior Approvals and Referrals

    HIP and Vytra HMO Plans

    The initial visit to a chiropractor does not require prior approval. Chiropractors must obtain prior approval from Palladian for the member's second treatment, and each continued treatment thereafter, by completing and submitting the medical necessity review forms online by signing in to or by faxing them to 1-716-712-2802 for HIP members or to 1-716-712-2803 for Vytra members.

    GHI HMO Plans

    The practitioner providing care or the ordering specialist must provide members with a referral for them to obtain chiropractic services. This initial referral is valid for the first six visits to the participating chiropractor. Within three business days of the initial evaluation, the referred chiropractor must complete and submit the Referral Certification Form online or via fax.

    To complete and submit the form for the first six visits and any additional visits thereafter, referred chiropractors may complete and submit the Referral Certification Form online after logging into They may also fax the completed form (found at the end of this chapter) to 1-716-712-2817. Palladian will then register the visits.

    GHI PPO Plans

    Members may access chiropractic care without a referral or prior approval for no less than the first eight visits, depending on the member's benefit. Chiropractors must obtain prior approval from Palladian for each continued treatment thereafter by submitting the medical necessity review forms online by logging onto or by faxing them to 1-716-712-2817.

    NOTE: Failure to submit required forms for additional authorization may result in an administrative denial.

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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 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 alternative medicine therapy administered by a licensed chiropractor. Chiropractors specialize in the relief, correction and prevention of musculoskeletal problems of the spine, peripheral joints and related areas through manipulation.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    A recommendation by a physician that an enrollee receive care from a specialty physician or facility.


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