Last reviewed: 11/19/2020
eviCore administers several radiology-related programs for us, including:
- Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Privileging – for non-radiologists.
- Radiology Program – diagnostic imaging management for outpatient radiology services.
- Cardiology Imaging Program – diagnostic cardiology imaging management for outpatient cardiology imaging services.
- Radiation Therapy Program – for select outpatient radiation therapy services including Cancer Clinical Pathways. See also: Oncology Drug Management Program.
Services targeted for utilization management vary by benefit plan. eviCore also conducts standard and expedited clinical appeals (excluding members with Medicare plans).
Note: While eviCore may approve or deny a preauthorization request, their determination is based on medical necessity only. Always verify member eligibility, benefits, and copayments with EmblemHealth by signing in to emblemhealth.com/providers and using the Eligibility drop-down under the Member Management tab.
Authorizations do not guarantee claim payment. Services must be covered by the member’s benefit plan and the member must be eligible at the time of service.
For other programs managed by eviCore, see the Durable Medical Equipment chapter.
eviCore’s programs described in this chapter cover most, but not all, of our members. For all radiology-related programs, members assigned to HealthCare Partners (HCP) as their Managing Entity are managed by that organization, not eviCore. Further, HCP determines which services their contracted providers may perform in their offices and the criteria required to do so. For instructions on obtaining preauthorization for these exempt members, see the Utilization and Care Management chapter. Additional program-specific excluded members and services are:
Additional Radiation Therapy Program Exclusions
- GHI CBP Program for City of New York Employees and Retirees.
Additional Self-Referral Payment Policy Exclusions
- Services rendered in Putnam, Ulster and Onondaga counties for HIP, EmblemHealth Insurance Company (formerly HIPIC) members, and Bridge Members.
Non-radiologists may be paid for in-office imaging (subject to the member’s plan) if they meet the specialty, certification, and accreditation requirements. Our protocols are based on a careful review of the literature and standards of the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE), Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), American College of Radiology (ACR), and American Board of Radiology (ABR).
Minimum practitioner accreditation and certification requirement: Board certification (by an American Board of Medical Specialties recognized board) in the adult or pediatric provider specialties listed. For specialties, applicable procedures, and accreditation requirements, see the EmblemHealth Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Self-Referral Payment Policy.
Payment policy: Claims are denied when outpatient imaging procedures are performed outside the practitioner’s specialty, or when the practitioner fails to maintain the minimum certification requirements or does not obtain preauthorization when required. Practitioners may not seek payment from members for denied claims.
Accreditation Status and Submission
Participating practitioners are reviewed for active accreditation. For echocardiography services, the review appears in the national databases of IAC Echocardiography. For nuclear medicine/nuclear cardiology services, the review appears in the national database of ACR and IAC Nuclear/PET. For PET services, the review appears in the national database of IAC Nuclear/PET and ACR PET.
All other specialties must email their certification(s) directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about accreditation status or certificate submissions, email email@example.com or call 800-918-8924, ext. 27901.
For information on accreditation requirements and instructions for applying for accreditation, refer to the websites of the accrediting organizations listed at the end of the payment policies.
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 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. Refer to the Credentialing chapter for credentialing and certification requirements.
Non-radiologists who meet certain criteria may perform designated radiology procedures. See the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Privileging for Non-Radiologists section of this chapter.
Practitioner 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 assess these studies for technical quality and diagnostic interpretation.
If a physician disagrees with a determination, contact eviCore’s Peer-to-Peer Consultation Line as described in the How to Request Preauthorization subsection of this chapter to discuss the case with a medical director.
Formal Dispute Resolution
Submit to EmblemHealth:
- Appeals for Medicare members. Follow EmblemHealth's standard process for Medicare members, described in the Dispute Resolution Medicare Plans chapter.
- Complaints and grievances. Refer to the Dispute Resolution chapters for Commercial/CHPlus and Medicaid/HARP, as applicable.
Submit to eviCore:
- Expedited and standard clinical appeals for Commercial/CHPlus members and expedited and standard action appeals for Medicaid/HARP members. Appeals may be filed by the member, the member’s delegate (including the practitioner acting as the member’s delegate), or by practitioners on their own behalf. See the determination notification for appeal options. For a full description of member and practitioner rights regarding clinical and action appeals, see the Dispute Resolution chapters for Commercial/CHPlus and Medicaid/HARP, as applicable.
See also: Oncology Drug Management Program.
Cancer Clinical Pathways
Listed below are types of cancer for which eviCore has a specific clinical pathway. For cancers less commonly treated with radiation therapy, the preauthorization follows an “Other Cancer Types” clinical pathway.
- Adrenal Cancer
- Anal Cancer
- Bile duct Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Bone Metastases
- Brain Metastases
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Primary CNS Lymphoma
- Primary CNS Neoplasms
- Endometrial Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastric Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Head and Neck Carcinoma
- Hepatobiliary Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Metastases (Non-Bone/Brain)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Non-Cancer Radiation Therapy
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Adenocarcinoma
- Rectal Adenocarcinoma
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma
- Small Cell Lung Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Urethral and Ureter Cancer
- Vulva Cancer
Each radiation treatment plan requires preauthorization. Preauthorizations are specific to the cancer type being treated. Preauthorizations have an expiration date based on the cancer diagnosis, treatment modality, and the number of phases and fractions being requested. Preauthorization must be obtained for radiation therapy treatment used to treat both malignant and benign cancers.
Preauthorization for Authorized Treatment
One preauthorization case number is assigned per treatment plan. The preauthorization will include all pertinent radiation therapy services for a member’s entire episode of care within the scope of procedure codes managed under the program.
The preauthorization letter will communicate approved and/or denied services, which include treatment technique and number of fractions (ex: 10 fractions of 3D conformal treatment) as well as the preauthorization case number, appeal rights (if applicable), and claim instructions. If you have any questions about what is authorized, call eviCore as described in the How to Request Preauthorization subsection of this chapter.
The duration, or validity period, of a preauthorization is communicated once the treatment plan is approved. If additional time is needed, the referring or serving physician must contact eviCore to request an extension prior to billing for the corresponding services. The physician may call eviCore’s Clinical Review Department as described in the How to Request Preauthorization subsection of this chapter.
Preauthorization for Additional Treatment
A preauthorization is only valid for the requested and approved treatment plan (an “episode of care”). If the member is provided with an additional episode of care, the referring and servicing physicians must contact eviCore to obtain a new preauthorization.
Modifying a Treatment
During a course of treatment, if the servicing physician opts to modify an approved treatment plan, the referring or servicing physician should call eviCore to discuss the new treatment plan. A new Medical Necessity Determination is needed for any new or modified treatment plans. It is strongly recommended to call eviCore as soon as it is known there is a change in treatment plan and prior to billing for the corresponding services. The referring or servicing physician must submit the supporting clinical history to determine medical necessity. The referring or servicing physician is notified as to whether the proposed changes to the treatment plan are deemed medically necessary. If the preauthorization for the treatment plan is not updated and the claim does not match the authorized procedures, the claim is denied, with no liability to the member.
Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Privileging For Non-Radiologist
Radiology Site and Equipment Inspection for Both Radiologists and Non-Radiologists
Determination Disagreement Procedure
Radiation Therapy Treatment