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  • Dispute Resolution for Medicaid Managed Care Plans > Reconsideration Rights for Network Terminations and Non-Renewal

    A reconsideration request may be initiated if the terminated or non-renewed provider believes that there is significant and relevant information about his/her practice which might be unknown to EmblemHealth. EmblemHealth will review this additional information in reconsideration of this decision. Please note, however, that reconsideration may only apply to the Enhanced Care Prime Network. All decisions are final. The terminated or non-renewed provider has thirty days from receipt of the termination letter or provider contract non-renewal notification letter to request reconsideration. Upon receipt of a completed reconsideration request, EmblemHealth will schedule an in-person meeting to be held during normal business hours at an EmblemHealth location. For terminations and non-renewals from the VIP Prime Network and/or Medicare Essential Network see Dispute Resolution for Medicare Plans.

    To request a reconsideration of your termination or non-renewal from the Enhanced Care Prime Network, please follow these instructions:

    • Should you exercise your right to an appeal/hearing of this decision, your response should be sent to Tonya Volcy, Director of Credentialing by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the following address:

    Tonya Volcy
    Director of Credentialing
    55 Water Street, 2nd floor
    New York, NY 10041

    • Requests submitted must include a letter describing special circumstances of which EmblemHealth may be unaware.
    • Reconsideration meetings will be scheduled and conducted via phone at an EmblemHealth location during normal business hours.
    • An Ad hoc Reconsideration Board, consisting of three physicians will conduct the reconsideration hearing.
    • The Ad hoc Reconsideration Board makes the final decision.
    • The provider will be notified in writing within seven business days of the decision.
    • Providers whose termination or non-renewal status is upheld will be notified, citing the original date of the change. Participation in the impacted networks will continue uninterrupted for providers whose termination or non-renewal status is overturned.

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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 legal agreement between an individual member or an employer group and a health plan that describes the benefits and limitations of the coverage.

    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.

    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 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
    • Dentist
    • Chiropractor
    • Doctor of podiatric medicine
    • Physical therapist
    • Nurse midwife
    • Certified and registered psychologist
    • Certified and qualified social worker
    • Optometrist
    • Nurse anesthetist
    • Speech-language pathologist
    • Audiologist
    • 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.


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