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Advisory Committees - IEDC Advisory Committee
ople with disabilities have extraordinary missions, dedicated staff, and valuable resources — but they can only provide some of the support an individual needs. For seniors and people with disabilities, navigating services and resources from different organizations across a widespread geographic area can be a challenge and often overwhelming. They often miss the opportunity to receive the full-scope of services from the resources available in their area. Creating the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC) helped decrease the problem of fragmented resources. By joining forces, organizations who serve seniors and people with disabilities have developed a strong relationship with each other and the community they serve. IEDC Mission To promote equal opportunity, universal access, and full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. About the IEDC Launched as a networking tool in February of 2006, the IEDC currently brings together over 540 members from regional organizations. This joint effort has allowed the IEDC to promote equal opportunity and universal access for seniors and people with disabilities. Events The IEDC hosts monthly meetings at IEHP and partners to host events that benefit the community at large. To become a member of the IEDC or attend an event visit www.iedisabilities.org
How to Get Care - Telehealth
ensure you can continue to get the care you need, some* IEHP Doctors (including Behavioral Health) offer telehealth visits. It’s easy to set up. Just call or message your Doctor’s office to see if telehealth is offered and schedule your visit. Why set up a telehealth visit? Saves you a trip to the Doctor’s office Easy to access using a phone or computer Helps keep you safe and secure (and limits the spread of COVID-19) More reasons to use telehealth: Pay $0. There is no copay. Telehealth is part of your health benefit. Convenient. A video visit can be done from anywhere with internet access. You don’t need to take time off from work, take a bus, or hire a sitter for the kids. What is needed: For a telephone visit - landline or mobile phone Video visit - Computer, tablet or smartphone with camera, speaker and a microphone, and internet access * Not all IEHP Doctors provide telehealth visits. Ask your Doctor’s office if they offer these services. Your Doctor will decide if it is the right choice for your health care needs.
Leadership Team - Janet Nix, EdD
for the organizational development and operations of Human Resources. As the Chief of Organizational Development, utilizing her vast experience and expertise, Dr. Nix leads the way to continue developing and improving the core functions of IEHP’s Human Resources. Dr. Nix’s key focus includes impacting the IEHP culture and enriching IEHP’s goal of developing each employee. Dr. Nix is in charge of many critical tasks including driving IEHP’s processes for recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, company-wide training, and building employee morale.In her role, she is greatly motivated by and focused on supporting IEHP’s core values. Dr. Nix brings 30 years of experience to IEHP—15 years in education, and 15 years in healthcare. She is very experienced in organizational development, employee engagement, training at all levels in hospital and health systems environments, and many other areas of Human Resources functions. Her knowledge serves her position at IEHP seamlessly as she leads IEHP’s employee development, leadership development, and company environment advancement. Prior to IEHP, Dr. Nix worked as the Chief Learning Officer for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Illinois, which encompasses 13 hospitals and three integrated physician networks, including 15,000 employees. Previously, Dr. Nix worked as Assistant Vice President of Learning and Curriculum at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and as Dean of Instruction at Victor Valley Community College District. Dr. Nix earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Nix also earned her Doctor of Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne.
Special Programs - Independent Living and Diversity Resources
A resource for health providers, IPAs and others interested in the Americans with Disabilities Act, California law as it related to accessibility and Universal Design. In partnership with our Provider Network, IEHP strives to break down barriers to medical care and promote health and wellness for Members with disabilities. With accessibility issues often cited as an obstacle to care, we publish this site to help all stakeholders in the health care system understand the barriers and in some cases the solutions. We invite you to browse these topics: Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility of Doctor's offices, clinics, and other health care providers is essential in providing medical care to people with Disabilities. Find out more by following the link to the ADA's Access Guide (PDF). The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and sets national standards for accessibility. Each page in this section gives you a summary of ADA related documents and a link to the actual Federal resource. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. View the full text of the law at the ADA Website. Enforcement Lawsuits for ADA Violations U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1994 Status reports, briefs, and settlement information will help you stay up-to-date on precedent-setting ADA litigation. Unsuccessful negotiations or mediation may lead to federal lawsuits. Courts can order compensatory damages, back pay, or civil penalties up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent one. Read more about DOJ Litigation Alternative to Litigation U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Mediation Program Established: 1994 Mediation, which is confidential and voluntary, can resolve some ADA disputes quickly and satisfactorily – without the expense and delay of formal investigation and litigation. Read more about DOJ Mediation Facts and Information Diagnosing & Treating Members with Auditory Disability Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 2003 Interactive doctor-patient discussions with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require an interpreter to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. DOJ’s brief outlines the types of interpreter services including sign language, oral interpretation, cued speech, and Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART). Read the Full Article: HTM PDF Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities - Technology Breaks Communication Barriers Created by IEHP, 2006 Learn about FREE options for effective telephone communication with individuals who have auditory and/or speech disabilities: National Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) – two-way translation between individuals using a TTY and a standard telephone Speech-to-Speech (STS) Relay Service – assistance for individuals with speech disabilities by repeating their message verbatim. Read the Full Article Fact Sheet - PDF Fact Sheet - TXT Dispelling ADA Myths Just the Facts on the ADA Adapted from 1995 DOJ fact sheet IEHP, 2006 Get the facts on common ADA misconceptions. ADA Myths & Facts PDF Text Accessibility Pays Off at Tax Time Tax Incentives for ADA Compliance Take advantage tax incentives that help eligible businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Federal and California state governments offer Tax Credits and/or Deductions for improving accessibility and/or employing persons with disabilities. Attorney General’s ADA Tax Incentives Packet Your practice/health care facility may be eligible for tax credits and/or deductions to help offset the costs of improving accessibility for patients and employees with disabilities. The Attorney General’s packet includes a fact sheet and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form and instructions. Download IEHP's Fact Sheet PDF Text Download the Attorney General's information packet: Website Legal Obligations Standards for Accessible Design ADA Accessibility Guidelines U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) include stringent criteria for health care Providers as well as additional requirements based on building use (special application 6 – Medical Care Facilities). The Standards for Accessible Design apply to the architecture and construction of new buildings/facilities as well as alterations to existing structures. Download the Standards Standards - PDF Standards - HTM Download Special Application 6 (Health Care Facilities) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (PDF) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (HTM) Removing Existing Barriers Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. and Barrier Free Environments, Inc. 1995 Identify accessibility problems and solutions for eliminating physical/architectural and communication barriers. Use this informal checklist as a guide to meet your obligations under the ADA (for existing facilities only, not new construction or alterations). Download the checklist for readily achievable barrier removal Checklist - PDF Checklist - HTM ADA Regulations for Health Care Providers Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 Federal regulations for accessibility at Health care facilities include standards for the architecture of buildings, alterations, and new construction (ADA, Title III). DOJ article - PDF DOJ article - HTM Basic ADA Requirements for Health Care Providers ADA Title III Highlights U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1990 This functional outline of the ADA’s Title III (section covering health care providers) helps you become familiar with key requirements that impact you and your patients. DOJ’s overview provides details in bullet format for quick reference. See the Full DOJ Article Practical Guidance for ADA Compliance Title III Technical Assistance Manual U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1993 and 1994 This manual (with supplement) outlines ADA requirements for businesses to ensure access to goods, services, and facilities. The reader-friendly format offers: Lay terms and practical examples (limited legalese) Focused, systematic description of requirements Questions/answers and illustrations Read the full Manual Read the Supplement Technical Assistance DOJ ADA Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act The official ADA website of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offers the most up-to-date information and practical guidance on design, construction, and operation: Regulations and standards impacting Providers and Members Accessibility and reasonable accommodations guidelines Solutions for ensuring access within your budget Tax credits and incentives Technical assistance and materials/publications Visit DOJ's ADA Homepage Avoid Costly Building Mistakes Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1997 Incorporating ADA Standards into initial building/alteration plans helps ensure patient safety as well as cost-effectiveness. Review some of the most common accessibility errors/omissions identified through DOJ’s ongoing enforcement efforts. Following each error/omission, you’ll find an explanation of its significance and reference to the appropriate requirement under the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Online ADA Course Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with Representatives of Business and Disability Communities 2005 Learn about ADA compliance in an online course with 10 short lessons. Policies, Practices, and Procedures Communicating with Customers Who Have Disabilities New Buildings, Additions, and Remodeling Removing Barriers in Buildings That Are Not Being Remodeled Providing Access When Removing Barriers Is Not Readily Achievable Maintaining Accessibility Transporting Customers ADA Compliance Costs and Tax Incentives Enforcement of the ADA Information Sources Take the ADA online course Pacific Region ADA Technical Assistance Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Region IX National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research U.S. Department of Education 1995 Get information on your compliance obligations, problem-solving assistance, and referrals from ADA experts – without the high cost of a consultant. The 10 regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers serve strictly as educational entities to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and have no enforcement or advocacy responsibilities. Federal Region IX, Pacific, serves: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Basin. Visit Pacific ADA Center Visit DBTAC Homepage Visit NIDRR Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) Reminder: Community-Based Adult Center (PDF) SPD Awareness Training By clicking on these links, you may be leaving the IEHP website. By making your facilities accessible you convey a sense of welcome for people with disabilities. Most of all, you comply with the requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities on the basis of their disability in programs and services that receive federal financial assistance. Please see the resources below for more detailed information. Office Accessibility How to Make Your Medical Office More Accessible (PDF) Guidebook: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table (PDF) Video #1: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table Video #2: Using an Accessible Scale to Weigh Patients with Disabilities Accessibility Checklist (PDF) Community Resources Community Resources Guide (PDF) Disability Competency and Sensitive Training Disability Etiquette Guide (PDF) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Pharmacy Services - Cal MediConnect
ect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)? IEHP DualChoice is a Cal MediConnect Plan. A Cal MediConnect Plan is an organization made up of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, providers of long-term services and supports, behavioral health providers, and other providers. It also has care coordinators and care teams to help you manage all your providers and services. They all work together to provide the care you need. What is the goal of this program? The goal is to improve care by integrating the following healthcare services: Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits Long-term care Behavioral health Home and community-based services (HCBS) such as Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) and Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP). Who is eligible for IEHP DualChoice? People who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal. For a complete list of who is included or excluded, visit Who Qualifies? Plans and Benefits IEHP DualChoice integrates healthcare services to better coordinate care and improve health. How to Enroll To enroll, please call: IEHP DualChoice Medicare Team at 1-800-741-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY/TDD users should call 1-800-718-4347, OR Health Care Options (HCO) at 1-844-580-7272, 8am – 5pm (PST), Monday – Friday. TTY/TDD users should call 1-800-430-7077. For more information, visit the DHCS website. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP DualChoice website. You may also call IEHP DualChoice for help at 1-877-273-IEHP (4347), 8am – 8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY/TDD users should call 1-800-718-4347 (4347). Plan Benefits and Cost-Sharing: Find out about plan benefits which are the types of medical care that are covered. Also view information on cost-sharing which is how much you will pay for services or prescription drugs, including monthly plan premium and co-payment. Part D Prescription Drugs: Get information on pharmacy benefits, IEHP network pharmacies, out-of-network coverage, pharmacy transition process, drug utilization management, and prescription mail order. Provider Access Information: Learn about network providers, primary care providers, specialists and how to choose a provider in our network. Read about our quality assurance activities and find out what happens if your doctor leaves our plan. Grievances, Coverage Determination and Appeals Process: Find out what to do if you have a problem or complaint about your medical care or Part D. Helpful Information: View your rights and responsibilities upon disenrollment and as a Member of IEHP. You will also find important forms for 2018 such as our Privacy Notice, Plan Transition Process and the section of CMS' website regarding Best Available Evidence. Service Area: Find out which zip codes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are included in our service area. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) is a Health Plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. Information on this page is current as of October 15, 2018. H5355_CMC_19_1059755 Accepted
Special Programs - Total Fracture Care
ticipating Orthopedist for global fracture care without a prior authorization. This Program ensures that Members in need of fracture care by an Orthopedist, as determined by an Emergency Department Physician, Urgent Care Physician or Primary Care Provider, will receive timely access to care. Policy Reference: 10 - Medical Care Standards Total Fracture Care Providers Arrowhead Orthopaedics For more information and locations, please visit: https://www.arrowheadortho.com/ Orthopaedic Medical Group of Riverside Inc. For more information and location, please visit: https://omgnet.com/ You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
COVID-19 - Jaime Camil Video Series
much of California is returning to some sense of normalcy after more than a year and a half of battling COVID-19, it’s important to recognize that the pandemic is not over. In fact, the number of cases and hospitalizations have been rising since the state reopened in mid-June, with the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading quickly. Many Californians have put off annual check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive medicine during the pandemic to avoid the virus. In an effort to ensure our combined 3.8 million members and communities are getting vaccinated and resuming their routine wellness care, we've teamed up with L.A. Care Health Plan to launch a multi-pronged educational campaign with the help of award-winning actor Jaime Camil. Check out clips from the series below! Actor Jaime Camil and Ernesto Campos debunk COVID-19 myths. Jaime Camil discusses with Dr. Ernesto Campos where YOU can get vaccinated. Jaime Camil and Dr. Ernesto Campos talk about how COVID-19 affects the unvaccinated. Jaime Camil and Dr. Ernesto Campos discuss how COVID-19 is still a contagious disease. Debunking COVID-19 myths such as magnetism. Debunking COVID-19 myths Jaime Camil and Dr. Ernesto Campos talk about the efficacy of the COVID vaccine. Jaime Camil and Dr. Ernesto Campos talk about the importance of the COVID vaccines.
Community Partners - About our Partners
de and San Bernardino counties. Visit our Community Calendar to find upcoming partner events near you. How can you become a Community Partner with IEHP? Read about the Community Partner Network Meeting to learn more. Please contact our Community Outreach Team for help. If your organization is interested in becoming an IEHP Community Partner, please sign up here. How can I find resources in my community? ConnectIE is a new one-stop, interactive website that makes it easy to link people to community resources in the Inland Empire. Visit ConnectIE to find out more!
Community Partners - Community Partner Network Meeting
IEHP. The network includes approximately 100 representatives from community-based organizations, service agencies, clinics, and schools. Attendees share healthcare news, resources and discuss how to enroll uninsured children in a health program which they qualify for. Most of all — attendees bring their specialty to connect and collaborate on ways to help families in the Inland Empire. How can I join the IEHP Community Partner Network? If you are interested in joining the IEHP Community Partners Network, please email email@example.com for information. Click here if your organization is interested in becoming an IEHP Community Partner. When are the meetings held? The following is the schedule for the IEHP Community Partner meetings. 2022 Schedule Thursday, February 17 Thursday, April 21 Thursday, June 16 Thursday, August 18 Thursday, October 20 Thursday,December 15 Location: Virtually Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
San Bernardino County Medi-Cal
of Americans. About nine percent of San Bernardino County residents under the age of 65 were uninsured based on the last count of the US Census. That is why Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) provides coverage to millions of Members in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Discover the health plan that puts its members at the center of their universe. IEHP will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. Keep reading to learn more about IEHP and the benefits offered to Medi-Cal recipients. IEHP Provides Coverage for San Bernardino County Medi-Cal Recipients Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. Top-Class Medi-Cal Services Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. With IEHP and Medi-Cal coverage, Members not only have access to general health care but also advanced and specialized care such as: Transgender services Laboratory services Radiology services Pediatric care Mental health services Addiction rehabilitation care These are just a few examples of how IEHP’s network of Providers gives Members and their families in San Bernardino County a wide range of medical care. To apply for Medi-Cal in San Bernardino County call the IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. You may also call Health Care Options at 1-800-430-4263 or visit www.healthcareoptions.dhcs.ca.gov. TTY users should call 1-800-430-7077. Vision Services IEHP provides vision coverage and has a wide network of vision specialists. IEHP Members get a free vision exam every 24 months, additional or more frequent eye exams are covered if medically necessary, such as those with diabetes. You also get a pair of eyeglasses, with both frames and lenses every 24 months, when you have a valid prescription. Contact lens testing and contact lenses may be covered if the use of eyeglasses is not possible due to eye disease or condition. Medi-Cal San Bernardino Dental Services Through Medi-Cal, you and your family get professional dental services. This benefit is included with your Medi-Cal coverage at little to no cost to you. Some of the types of dental care offered include: Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (such as examinations, X-rays, and teeth cleanings) Emergency services for pain control Tooth extractions Root canal treatments (anterior/posterior) Scaling and root planning Crowns (prefabricated/laboratory) Orthodontics for children who quality Complete and partial dentures Topical fluoride If you have any questions or need help finding a Medi-Cal dental provider, call the Medi-Cal Dental Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-6384, or visit www.smilecalifornia.org. Medical Trip Transportation Your Medi-Cal benefits include round trip transportation for plan-covered health services and Medi-Cal-covered services, such as mental health, substance abuse and dental, within San Bernardino and Riverside counties. IEHP covers: Visits to your Primary Care Doctor, Specialists and urgent care clinics. Visit for dental, mental health, substance abuse and other services. Click here to learn more about transportation services offered by IEHP. San Bernardino County: How to Apply for Medi-Cal IEHP’s mission to heal and inspire the human spirit is made possible through its Vision—to not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. This is why we continue to serve all communities throughout San Bernardino County. You have many options to apply for Medi-Cal, these include: Call IEHP Call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of IEHP’s friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors. By Mail You can mail your completed and signed application to: Covered California P.O. Box 989725 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9725 Or mail it to the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply in Person Click here to find the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply Online Click here to apply online. Get Health Coverage Now Become a member of the IEHP family and get access to the top-rated California state medical insurance. For more than 25 years, IEHP has proudly served Inland Empire residents and their families. Join IEHP now and make your health our top priority.
Medicaid Manged Care Explained
to know during this guide. What is Managed Care? Managed care is a healthcare delivery system used to manage quality, utilization, and cost. Managed care refers to a group of activities that helps lower the cost of offering for-profit healthcare services and health insurance while boosting the quality of healthcare services. IEHP is a managed health care plan that organizes care for their member. IEHP works with doctors, hospitals, and other health care Providers to give improved health care coordination and quality of care to the Members they serve. Medicaid Managed Care Medicaid managed care helps to provide Medicaid health benefits and other services through managed care organizations, also known as MCOs, and state Medicaid agencies. Managed care organizations accept a specific payment per member per month for their services. The main goals of Medicaid-managed care are to improve healthcare outcomes, healthcare quality, and health plan performance. How Does Managed Care Work? Managed-care plans tend to ask for less paperwork and offer a lower premium payment. The choice of treatment, drugs, and Doctors are limited. Healthcare providers, hospitals, and Doctors make plans with managed care plans to serve members at a lower rate. When you have a managed care plan, you are need to choose a primary care Doctor or PCP, who is part of the network, the doctor you choose will take care of all your medical needs, including annual exams, preventive care, and treatment for common illnesses. Your PCP will decide whether you need to be referred to a specialist like an oncologist. With a managed care plan, you cannot get coverage for specialist services without getting referred by your PCP. The cost for a managed care plan is typically less than a fee-for-service plan. You will typically pay a copayment every time you visit your doctor, as long as they are part of the plan network. This cost will depend on the type of managed health plan you choose. Choosing a Medicaid Health Plan MCO Medicaid can offer members the chance to select a health plan under Medicaid. Here is what you should look for in a Medicaid health plan: Excellent plan coverage. When you are looking for a Medicaid health plan, you should look for something that covers everything you could possibly need, including hospital stays, pregnancy, and newborn care, hospice and palliative care, emergency services, outpatient or ambulatory services, transgender services, mental health services, rehabilitative services, prescription drugs, lab services, preventative and wellness services, sensitive services, chronic illness management, substance use treatment services, dental services, vision services, pediatric services, telehealth services, non-medical transportation or NMT, non-emergency medical transportation or NEMT, and long-term services and supports or LTSS. Low premiums. Look for a Medicaid health plan that offers low to no premium payments. Some Medicaid plans offer a $0 monthly premium. Accessibility. You should also look for a Medicaid health plan accessible to you and others who need it, including children, adults, seniors, and those with disabilities who live in your area. What does IEHP offer? With IEHP, you also get access to: A network of more than 8,000 Doctors, Specialists and other health care Providers Care coordination 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line Vision services Urgent Care centers Healthy lifestyle classes and programs And so much more! If you need healthcare coverage, or have questions about what IEHP offers, call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of our friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors.
Healthcare Scholarship Fund - Our Scholars
group of students from the Inland Empire. More than 30 recipient students grew up in the Inland Empire and more than 50% are first generation medical students and grew up in low-income households. Through the scholarship fund, aspiring healthcare professionals will be guided through the system and connected to the health plan’s provider network. This allows students to pursue successful careers in healthcare immediately after graduation to help support the region’s growing population. Loma Linda University School of Medicine Inland Empire Medical Community Service Awardees Class of 2022 Ye Jin Jeon Ye Jin's Why: “I applied for the Inland Empire Medical Community Service Award because the goal and priority to expand access to care and healthcare provider options for the Southern California region aligns with my calling. As a child growing up in the San Bernardino County, I saw the economic disproportion within my own neighborhood, and this compelled me…God has led me pursue my medical career” Class of 2024 Edwin Choque Edwin's Why: “Simply put, my heart lies in the Inland Empire. This community of individuals have fostered me and loved me since I was a child and all I can hope is to pay that love and care forward. . . . My dream is to be on the front lines as a representative for these individuals who frequently become marginalized…” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Four Year Award Elizabeth Celaya-Ojeda Elizabeth's Why: “I want to work particularly with the underserved in this area because I truly believe that being a physician is a privilege and with that there is a responsibility to be an advocate for those who are facing health disparities. I am particularly interested in providing care to underserved Native American and Hispanic communities. Not many healthcare providers are aware of the disparities these two communities face and I want to be an advocate for them, especially in the Inland Empire.” Alfonso Parocua Alfonso's Why: “Growing up, my family lacked meaningful access to healthcare and relied on a local free clinic as our only means of interacting with a physician. Through my personal experience with the free clinic, I developed a passion for service to the underserved communities who lack meaningful access to basic healthcare amenities due to low socioeconomic status. I sought opportunities that would allow me to pay my gratitude forward by becoming part of the solution to healthcare disparities in Inland Southern California. Through my volunteer efforts in free clinics and other community involvement programs, I witnessed the passion and dedication that health care providers and volunteers in the area have towards the underserved community. This realization deepened my connection to Inland Southern California because I was reminded so much of the health care professionals that helped my family when they couldn't help themselves.” Two Year Award Cesar Fortuna Cesar's Why: “A San Bernardino native, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in my community as a Spanish language translator for free clinics. Most patients I have spoken with fell into the category of uninsured, underinsured, or undocumented. It became clear the extent of need in this region when I would translate to the providers that this was the first-time dozens of our patients had ever seen a medical professional; however, this wasn’t uncommon. To these patients and their stories, I thank them because they inspire me to pursue Emergency Medicine where I can become a valuable player in providing care, providing resources, or providing comfort.” Lavinia Mitroi Lavinia's Why: “My goal of pursuing a career at the intersection of medicine and public health is driven by a desire to put patients and communities at the center of our health care system in the U.S. This desire was sparked most poignantly by my own experiences as an IEHP patient growing up in the Inland Empire. As I prepare for a future career as a pediatrician in this region, I hope to serve as an advocate for children and families, providing direct health services but also creating systems change.” Armando Navarro Armando's Why: “The earliest memory of my grandfather is him telling me, “Mijo, tienes que aprender Español para ayudar tu comunidad, you have to learn how to speak Spanish to help your community”. These words were often repeated to me by my grandfather who lamented the fact that he only spoke Spanish. I witnessed the health disparities affecting my community; doctors who did not speak Spanish, parents who could not afford a trip to the doctors’ office, and a healthcare system that was not inclusive of my community’s culture. I have a duty to give back to a school, a community, that has given me so much.” Christ Ordookhanian Christ's Why: “I see the medical profession through the lens of an individual who had lived through challenging times and witnessed how one individual provider can make such and impact when their heart is in the right place. My dedication to our underserved community stems from that of a lifelong mission I have set for myself which is to ensure I give back to a community that I am deeply associated with, they are my founding roots in the United States, and I vow to be at the forefront of the next generation of physicians that care and give the underserved hope.” University of California, Riverside Dean's Mission Recipients Daphne Du Daphne's Why: “I spent most of my life in underprivileged areas and saw firsthand how difficult healthcare access could be through inadequate financial resources, transportation, or translation services. Thanks to this investment in my studies, there is less stress in my life. I can focus on my studies and eventually give back to the community by becoming a physician who will advocate for patients without meaningful access to health care.” Judith Gonzales Judith's Why: “As a first-generation college student, there have always been many barriers in my path to higher education. I am the eldest daughter of an immigrant family, and it is truly an honor to be able to reach this point in my education and in my career, and to give back to my parents who have sacrificed so much for me and my sisters. Growing up in an underserved community showed me the long-lasting impacts of health inequities and strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in medicine. Working in the Inland Empire, I hope to not only address, but actively work towards combating the health inequity present in our communities.” Jordan Hough Jordan's Why: “Despite disadvantages encountered when living in a low-income community, I am grateful for the privilege I had in meeting physicians dedicated to their practice and willing to share that love through mentorship. These individuals have served as exemplary medical professionals and have encouraged me to follow in their footsteps. As a future physician, I aspire to empathetically care for patients by allowing my past experiences to enhance my understanding of their needs. I also plan to incorporate teaching into patient care by presenting opportunities for students to shadow and be mentored for a career in medicine.” Diana Martinez Diana's Why: “I am the daughter of Mexican Immigrants and grew up in Compton, California where I unfortunately was quickly desensitized to violence and was able to tell the difference between a firework and a gun shot. My mother had to travel a significant distance to ensure we had adequate healthcare. Despite these conditions, my parents always stressed education and did their best to give me what I needed. These life circumstances ignited my passion to serve those in disadvantaged communities, which I interacted with throughout my educational career. The Inland Empire Health Program Scholarship means I can achieve my dream –by practicing medicine in a community that deserves adequate, equitable, and accessible healthcare. I will serve as a bilingual physician in the Inland Empire that can serve families like my own and many more.”
Medical Benefits & Coverage Of Medi-Cal In California
d services as a Member of IEHP. Your covered services are at no cost if they are medically necessary, and you get the approved services from our Provider network. “Medically necessary” means it is reasonable and needed to protect life, to keep you from becoming seriously ill or disabled, or to reduce pain from a diagnosed disease, illness or injury. To learn more about IEHP’s benefits and services, read Chapter 4 of the IEHP Medi-Cal Member Handbook (PDF) or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. IEHP offers these types of services: Outpatient (ambulatory) services* Emergency services Transgender services* Hospice and palliative care* Hospitalization* Maternity and newborn care Mental health services Prescription drugs Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices* Laboratory and radiology services, such as X-rays* Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management Sensitive services Substance use disorder treatment services Pediatric services Vision services* Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) Non-medical transportation (NMT) Long-term services and supports (LTSS) Telehealth services Some of the services listed are covered only if IEHP or your IPA approves first. Covered services that may need an approval from IEHP or your IPA or medical group first are marked by an asterisk (*). Vision services The plan covers: Routine eye exam once every 24 months; IEHP may pre-approve (prior authorization) additional services as medically necessary. Eyeglasses (frames and lens) once every 24 months; contact lens when required for medical conditions such as aphakia, aniridia and keratoconus Limitations Single vision lenses only. Members under 18 automatically get polycarbonate lenses. Contacts in lieu of glasses only if medically necessary. Dental services The Medi-Cal Dental Program covers some dental services, such as: Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (e.g., examinations, x-rays, and teeth cleanings) Emergency services for pain control Tooth extractions Fillings Root canal treatments Prosthetic appliances Orthodontics for children who qualify Members can access dental services through providers enrolled in the Medi-Cal Dental Program. They will advise you on the best course of treatment and when these services may be attained. To learn more about dental services, call the Medi-Cal Dental Program at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347) / TTY (800) 718-4347. You may also visit the Denti-Cal website at www.smilecalifornia.org. Transportation services Your Medi-Cal benefits include round trip transportation for plan-covered health services and Medi-Cal-covered services, such as mental health, substance abuse and dental, within San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The plan covers: Visits to your Primary Care Doctor, Specialists and urgent care clinics. Visit for dental, mental health, substance abuse and other services. Exclusions and Limitations IEHP does not cover: One-way trips and non-medical visits. Visits to Social Security, Workers Compensation Claims, Personal Injury cases, Courts, Parole or Probation or Social Services Offices. IEHP offers two types of transportation: Bus passes* for Non-Medical Transportation (NMT): approved when you do not have any physical or medical issue that does not allow you to travel by bus, car, taxi or other forms of public transportation. Uber for Non-Medical Transportation (NMT): approved when your area doesn’t support bus passes, or you are crossing counties. For this type of transportation, you need to wait for your ride at the curb. Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT): approved when your medical or physical issue does not allow you to travel by bus, car, taxi or other forms of public transportation. For this type of transportation, your Doctor must submit a Physicians’ Certification Statement online. Effective March 1, 2020, transportation for routine medical visits including Behavioral Health and Substance Use must be scheduled five business days before your appointment. To set up transportation, call IEHP Transportation Department at 1-800-440-4347 (option two), Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 (option two). *For bus passes, call American Logistics Company at 855-673-3195 selection option 1. Once you get your bus pass, you can use this for all of your health care visits. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. To download a free copy click Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Postpartum Care Extension Program The Postpartum Care Extension Program provides extended coverage for Medi-Cal members during both the pregnancy and after pregnancy. The Postpartum Care Extension Program extends coverage by IEHP for up to 12 months after the end of the pregnancy regardless of income, citizenship, or immigration status and no additional action is needed. Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS), including individual sequencing, trio sequencing for a parent or parents and their baby, and ultra-rapid sequencing, is a covered benefit for any Medi-Cal member who is one year of age or younger and is receiving inpatient hospital services in an intensive care unit. rWGS is an emerging method of diagnosing conditions in time to affect ICU care of children one year of age or younger. If your child is eligible for California Children’s Services (CCS), CCS may be responsible for covering the hospital stay and the rWGS. Referrals For some types of care, your PCP or specialist will need to ask IEHP for permission before you get the care. This is called asking for prior authorization, prior approval, or pre-approval. It means that IEHP must make sure that the care is medically necessary or needed based on appropriateness of care and services and existence of coverage. Care is medically necessary if it is reasonable and necessary to protect your life, keeps you from becoming seriously ill or disabled, or reduces severe pain from a diagnosed disease, illness or injury. For some services, you need pre-approval (prior authorization). Under Health and Safety Code Section 1367.01(h)(2), IEHP will decide routine pre-approvals within 5 working days of when IEHP gets the information reasonably needed to decide. For requests in which a provider indicates or IEHP determines that following the standard timeframe could seriously jeopardize your life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, IEHP will make an expedited (fast) pre-approval decision. IEHP will give notice as quickly as your health condition requires and no later than 72 hours after receiving the request for services. If IEHP does not approve the request, IEHP will send you a Notice of Action (NOA) letter. The NOA letter will tell you how to file an appeal if you do not agree with the decision. IEHP will contact you if IEHP needs more information or more time to review your request. Continuity of Care If you now go to providers who are not in the IEHP network (out-of-network), in certain cases you may get continuity of care and be able to go to them for up to 12 months. If your providers do not join the IEHP network by the end of 12 months, you will need to switch to providers in the IEHP network. If you are a new Member, you may request to keep getting medical services from an out of network provider if you were getting this care before enrolling in IEHP. IEHP will decide if this treatment with an out of network provider is medically appropriate. Continuity of care does not extend to durable medical equipment, transportation, ancillary services, carved out services or services not covered by Medi-Cal. To learn more about continuity of care and eligibility qualifications, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347). Prescription drugs Most prescription drugs are covered by Medi-Cal Rx, some drugs may be covered by IEHP. Your provider can prescribe you drugs that are on the Medi-Cal Rx Contract Drugs List. To find out if a drug is on the Contract Drug List or to get a copy of the Contract Drug List, call Medi-Cal Rx at 1-800-977-2273 (TTY 1-800-977-2273 and press 5 or 711), visit the Medi-Cal Rx website at www.MediCalRx.dhcs.ca.gov/home/, or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 or 711. Pharmacies If you are filling or refilling a prescription, you must get your prescribed drugs from a pharmacy that works with Medi-Cal Rx. You can find a list of pharmacies that work with Medi-Cal Rx in the Medi-Cal Rx Pharmacy Directory at www.Medi-CalRx.hcs.ca.gov/home/. You can also find a pharmacy near you by calling Medi-Cal Rx at 1-800-977-2273 (TTY 1-800-977-2273 and press 5 or 711). Or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 or 711.
How to Get Care
network is a group of Doctors, hospitals and other providers who work with IEHP. You must choose a PCP within 30 days from the time you become an IEHP Member. If you do not choose a PCP, IEHP will choose one for you. You may choose the same PCP or other PCPs for all family members in IEHP. If you have a Doctor you want to keep, or you want to find a new PCP, you can look in the IEHP Provider Directory. To help you choose the right one for you, PCPs listed in the IEHP network include their name, address, phone number, specialty, etc. If you change PCPs, you will get a new IEHP Member ID card in the mail. It will have the name of your new PCP. To change your PCP, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347.
IEHP DualChoice - Problems with Part C
ng appeals with problems related to your benefits and coverage. It also includes problems with payment. You are not responsible for Medicare costs except for Part D copays. How to ask for coverage decision coverage decision to get medical, behavioral health, or certain long-term services and supports (MSSP, CBAS, or NF services) To ask for a coverage decision, call, write, or fax us, or ask your representative or doctor to ask us for an coverage decision. You can call us at: (877) 273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays, TTY (800) 718-4347. You can fax us at: (909) 890-5877 You can to write us at: IEHP DualChoice P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800. How long does it take to get a coverage decision coverage decision for Part C services? It usually takes up to 14 calendar days after you asked. If we don’t give you our decision within 14 calendar days, you can appeal. Sometimes we need more time, and we will send you a letter telling you that we need to take up to 14 calendar more days. The letter will explain why more time is needed. Can I get a coverage decision faster for Part C services? Yes. If you need a response faster because of your health, you should ask us to make a “fast coverage decision.” If we approve the request, we will notify you of our coverage decision coverage decision within 72 hours. However, sometimes we need more time, and we will send you a letter telling you that we need to take up to 14 more calendar days. Asking for a fast coverage decision coverage decision: If you request a fast coverage decision coverage decision, start by calling or faxing our plan to ask us to cover the care you want. You can call IEHP DualChoice at (877) 273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call (800) 718-4347 or fax us at (909) 890-5877. You can also have your doctor or your representative call us. Here are the rules for asking for a fast coverage decision coverage decision: You must meet the following two requirements to get a fast coverage decision coverage decision: You can get a fast coverage decision coverage decision only if you are asking for coverage for care or an item you have not yet received. (You cannot get a fast coverage decision coverage decision if your request is about payment for care or an item you have already received.) You can get a fast coverage decision only if the standard 14 calendar day deadline could cause serious harm to your health or hurt your ability to function. If your doctor says that you need a fast coverage decision, we will automatically give you one. If you ask for a fast coverage decision, without your doctor’s support, we will decide if you get a fast coverage decision. If we decide that your health does not meet the requirements for a fast coverage decision, we will send you a letter. We will also use the standard 14 calendar day deadline instead. This letter will tell you that if your doctor asks for the fast coverage decision, we will automatically give a fast coverage decision. The letter will also tell how you can file a “fast appeal” about our decision to give you a fast coverage decision instead of the fast coverage decision you requested. If the coverage decision is Yes, when will I get the service or item? You will be able to get the service or item within 14 calendar days (for a standard coverage decision) or 72 hours (for a fast coverage decision) of when you asked. If we extended the time needed to make our coverage decision, we will provide the coverage by the end of that extended period. If the coverage decision is No, how will I find out? If the answer is No, we will send you a letter telling you our reasons for saying No. If we say no, you have the right to ask us to change this decision by making an appeal. Making an appeal means asking us to review our decision to deny coverage. If you decide to make an appeal, it means you are going on to Level 1 of the appeals process. Appeals What is an Appeal? An appeal is a formal way of asking us to review our decision and change it if you think we made a mistake. For example, we might decide that a service, item, or drug that you want is not covered or is no longer covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal. If you or your doctor disagree with our decision, you can appeal. In most cases, you must start your appeal at Level 1. If you do not want to first appeal to the plan for a Medi-Cal service, in special cases you can ask for an Independent Medical Review. If you need help during the appeals process, you can call the Cal MediConnect Ombuds Program at (855) 501-3077. The Cal MediConnect Ombuds Program is not connected with us or with any insurance company or health plan. What is a Level 1 Appeal for Part C services? A Level 1 Appeal is the first appeal to our plan. We will review our coverage decision to see if it is correct. The reviewer will be someone who did not make the original coverage decision. When we complete the review, we will give you our decision in writing. If we tell you after our review that the service or item is not covered, your case can go to a Level 2 Appeal. Can someone else make the appeal for me for Part C services? Yes. Your doctor or other provider can make the appeal for you. Also, someone besides your doctor or other provider can make the appeal for you, but first you must complete an Appointment of Representative Form. The form gives the other person permission to act for you. If the appeal comes from someone besides you or your doctor or other provider, we must receive the completed Appointment of Representative form before we can review the appeal. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Click here to download a free copy by clicking Adobe Acrobat Reader. How do I make a Level 1 Appeal for Part C services? To start your appeal, you, your doctor or other provider, or your representative must contact us. You can call IEHP DualChoice Member Services at (877) 273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY should call (800) 718-4347. For additional details on how to reach us for appeals, see Chapter 9 of the IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook. You can ask us for a “standard appeal” or a “fast appeal.” If you are asking for a standard appeal or fast appeal, make your appeal in writing: IEHP DualChoice P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Fax: (909) 890-5748 You may also ask for an appeal by calling IEHP DualChoice Member Services at (877) 273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY should call (800) 718-4347. We will send you a letter within 5 calendar days of receiving your appeal letting you know that we received it. How much time do I have to make an appeal for Part C services? You must ask for an appeal within 60 calendar days from the date on the letter we sent to tell you our decision. If you miss this deadline and have a good reason for missing it, we may give you more time to make your appeal. Examples of a good reason are: you had a serious illness, or we gave you the wrong information about the deadline for requesting an appeal. Can I get a copy of my case file? Yes. Ask us for a copy by calling Member Services at (877) 273-IEHP (4347). TTY (800) 718-4347. Can my doctor give you more information about my appeal for Part C services? Yes, you and your doctor may give us more information to support your appeal. How will the plan make the appeal decision? We take a careful look at all of the information about your request for coverage of medical care. Then, we check to see if we were following all the rules when we said No to your request. The reviewer will be someone who did not make the original decision. If we need more information, we may ask you or your doctor for it. When will I hear about a “standard” appeal decision for Part C services? We must give you our answer within 30 calendar days after we get your appeal. We will give you our decision sooner if your health condition requires us to. However, if you ask for more time, or if we need to gather more information, we can take up to 14 more calendar days. If we decide to take extra days to make the decision, we will tell you by letter. If you believe we should not take extra days, you can file a “fast complaint” about our decision to take extra days. When you file a fast complaint, we will give you an answer to your appeal within 24 hours. If we do not give you an answer within 30 calendar days or by the end of the extra days (if we took them), we will automatically send your case to Level 2 of the appeals process if your problem is about a Medicare service or item. You will be notified when this happens. If your problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item, you will need to file a Level 2 Appeal yourself. Please see below for more information. If our answer is Yes to part or all of what you asked for, we must approve or give the coverage within 30 calendar days after we get your appeal. If our answer is No to part or all of what you asked for, we will send you a letter. If your problem is about a Medicare service or item, the letter will tell you that we sent your case to the Independent Review Entity for a Level 2 Appeal. If your problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item, the letter will tell you how to file a Level 2 Appeal yourself. Please see below for more information. What happens if I ask for a fast appeal? If you ask for a fast appeal, we will give you your answer within 72 hours after we get your appeal. We will give you our answer sooner if your health requires us to do so. However, if you ask for more time, or if we need to gather more information, we can take up to 14 more calendar days. If we decide to take extra days to make the decision, we will tell you by letter. If you believe we should not take extra days, you can file a “fast complaint” about our decision to take extra days. When you file a fast complaint, we will give you an answer to your appeal within 24 hours. If we do not give you an answer within 72 hours or by the end of the extra days (if we took them), we will automatically send your case to Level 2 of the appeals process if your problem is about a Medicare service or item. You will be notified when this happens. If your problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item, you will need to file a Level 2 Appeal yourself. Please see below for more information. If our answer is Yes to part or all of what you asked for, we must authorize or provide the coverage within 72 hours after we get your appeal. If our answer is No to part or all of what you asked for, we will send you a letter. If your problem is about a Medicare service or item, the letter will tell you that we sent your case to the Independent Review Entity for a Level 2 Appeal. If your problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item, the letter will tell you how to file a Level 2 Appeal yourself. Please see below for more information. Will my benefits continue during Level 1 appeals? If we decide to change or stop coverage for a service or item that was previously approved, we will send you a notice before taking the action. If you disagree with the action, you can file a Level 1 Appeal and ask that we continue your benefits for the service or item. You must make the request on or before the later of the following in order to continue your benefits: Within 10 days of the mailing date of our notice of action; or The intended effective date of the action. If you meet this deadline, you can keep getting the disputed service or item while your appeal is processing. Level 2 Appeal If the plan says No at Level 1, what happens next? If we say no to part or all of your Level 1 Appeal, we will send you a letter. This letter will tell you if the service or item is usually covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal. If your problem is about a Medicare service or item, we will automatically send your case to Level 2 of the appeals process as soon as the Level 1 Appeal is complete. If your problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item, you can file a Level 2 Appeal yourself. The letter will tell you how to do this. Information is also below. What is a Level 2 Appeal? A Level 2 Appeal is the second appeal, which is done by an independent organization that is not connected to the plan. My problem is about a Medi-Cal service or item. How can I make a Level 2 Appeal? There are two ways to make a Level 2 appeal for Medi-Cal services and items: 1) Independent Medical Review or 2) State Hearing. 1) Independent Medical Review You can ask for an Independent Medical Review (IMR) from the Help Center at the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). An IMR is available for any Medi-Cal covered service or item that is medical in nature. An IMR is a review of your case by doctors who are not part of our plan. If the IMR is decided in your favor, we must give you the service or item you requested. You pay no costs for an IMR. You can apply for an IMR if our plan: Denies, changes, or delays a Medi-Cal service or treatment (not including IHSS) because our plan determines it is not medically necessary. Will not cover an experimental or investigational Medi-Cal treatment for a serious medical condition. Will not pay for emergency or urgent Medi-Cal services that you already received. Has not resolved your Level 1 Appeal on a Medi-Cal service within 30 calendar days for a standard appeal or 72 hours for a fast appeal. You can ask for an IMR if you have also asked for a State Hearing, but not if you have already had a State Hearing, on the same issue. In most cases, you must file an appeal with us before requesting an IMR. If you disagree with our decision, you can ask the DMHC Help Center for an IMR. If your treatment was denied because it was experimental or investigational, you do not have to take part in our appeal process before you apply for an IMR. If your problem is urgent and involves an immediate and serious threat to your health, you may bring it immediately to the DMHC’s attention. The DMHC may waive the requirement that you first follow our appeal process in extraordinary and compelling cases. You must apply for an IMR within 6 months after we send you a written decision about your appeal. The DMHC may accept your application after 6 months if it determines that circumstances kept you from submitting your application in time. To ask for an IMR: Fill out the Independent Medical Review/Complaint Form available at: http://www.dmhc.ca.gov/FileaComplaint/SubmitanIndependentMedicalReviewComplaintForm.aspx or call the DMHC Help Center at (888) 466-2219. TDD users should call (877) 688-9891. If you have them, attach copies of letters or other documents about the service or item that we denied. This can speed up the IMR process. Send copies of documents, not originals. The Help Center cannot return any documents. Fill out the Authorized Assistant Form if someone is helping you with your IMR. You can get the form at http://www.dmhc.ca.gov/FileaComplaint/SubmitanIndependentMedicalReviewComplaintForm.aspx Or call the DMHC Help Center at (888) 466-2219. TDD users should call (877) 688-9891. Mail or fax your forms and any attachments to: Help Center Department of Managed Health Care 980 Ninth Street, Suite 500 Sacramento, CA 95814-2725 FAX: 916-255-5241 If you qualify for an IMR, the DMHC will review your case and send you a letter within 7 calendar days telling you that you qualify for an IMR. After your application and supporting documents are received from your plan, the IMR decision will be made within 30 calendar days. You should receive the IMR decision within 45 calendar days of the submission of the completed application. If your case is urgent and you qualify for an IMR, the DMHC will review your case and send you a letter within 2 calendar days telling you that you qualify for an IMR. After your application and supporting documents are received from your plan, the IMR decision will be made within 3 calendar days. You should receive the IMR decision within 7 calendar days of the submission of the completed application. If you are not satisfied with the result of the IMR, you can still ask for a State Hearing. If the DMHC decides that your case is not eligible for IMR, the DMHC will review your case through its regular consumer complaint process. 2) State Hearing You can ask for a State Hearing for Medi-Cal covered services and items. If your doctor or other provider asks for a service or item that we will not approve, or we will not continue to pay for a service or item you already have and we said no to your Level 1 appeal, you have the right to ask for a State Hearing. In most cases you have 120 days to ask for a State Hearing after the “Your Hearing Rights” notice is mailed to you. NOTE: If you ask for a State Hearing because we told you that a service you currently get will be changed or stopped, you have fewer days to submit your request if you want to keep getting that service while your State Hearing is pending. Read “Will my benefits continue during Level 2 appeals” in Chapter 9 of the Member Handbook for more information. There are two ways to ask for a State Hearing: You may complete the "Request for State Hearing" on the back of the notice of action. You should provide all requested information such as your full name, address, telephone number, the name of the plan or county that took the action against you, the aid program(s) involved, and a detailed reason why you want a hearing. Then you may submit your request one of these ways: To the county welfare department at the address shown on the notice. To the California Department of Social Services: State Hearings Division P.O. Box 944243, Mail Station 9-17-37 Sacramento, California 94244-2430 To the State Hearings Division at fax number 916-651-5210 or 916-651-2789. You can call the California Department of Social Services at (800) 952-5253. TDD users should call (800) 952-8349. If you decide to ask for a State Hearing by phone, you should be aware that the phone lines are very busy. Will my benefits continue during Level 2 appeals? If your problem is about a service or item covered by Medicare, your benefits for that service or item will not continue during the Level 2 appeals process with the Independent Review Entity. If your problem is about a service or item covered by Medi-Cal and you ask for a State Fair Hearing, your Medi-Cal benefits for that service or item will continue until a hearing decision is made. You must ask for a hearing on or before the later of the following in order to continue your benefits: Within 10 days of the mailing date of our notice to you that the adverse benefit determination (Level 1 appeal decision) has been upheld; or The intended effective date of the action. If you meet this deadline, you can keep getting the disputed service or item until the hearing decision is made. How will I find out about the decision? If your Level 2 Appeal was a State Hearing, the California Department of Social Services will send you a letter explaining its decision. If the State Hearing decision is Yes to part or all of what you asked for, we must comply with the decision. We must complete the described action(s) within 30 calendar days of the date we received a copy of the decision. If the State Hearing decision is No to part or all of what you asked for, it means they agree with the Level 1 decision. We may stop any aid paid pending you are receiving. If your Level 2 Appeal was an Independent Medical Review, the Department of Managed Health Care will send you a letter explaining its decision. If the Independent Medical Review decision is Yes to part or all of what you asked for, we must provide the service or treatment. If the Independent Medical Review decision is No to part or all of what you asked for, it means they agree with the Level 1 decision. You can still get a State Hearing. If your Level 2 Appeal went to the Medicare Independent Review Entity, it will send you a letter explaining its decision. If the Independent Review Entity says Yes to part or all of what you asked for, we must authorize the medical care coverage within 72 hours or give you the service or item within 14 calendar days from the date we receive the IRE’s decision. If the Independent Review Entity says No to part or all of what you asked for, it means they agree with the Level 1 decision. This is called “upholding the decision.” It is also called “turning down your appeal.” If the decision is No for all or part of what I asked for, can I make another appeal? If your Level 2 Appeal was a State Hearing, you may ask for a rehearing within 30 days after you receive the decision. You may also ask for judicial review of a State Hearing denial by filing a petition in Superior Court (under Code of Civil Procedure Section 1094.5) within one year after you receive the decision. If your Level 2 Appeal was an Independent Medical Review, you can request a State Hearing. If your Level 2 Appeal went to the Medicare Independent Review Entity, you can appeal again only if the dollar value of the service or item you want meets a certain minimum amount. The letter you get from the IRE will explain additional appeal rights you may have. Payment Problems We do not allow our network providers to bill you for covered services and items. This is true even if we pay the provider less than the provider charges for a covered service or item. You are never required to pay the balance of any bill. The only amount you should be asked to pay is the copay for service, item, and/or drug categories that require a copay. If you get a bill that is more than your copay for covered services and items, send the bill to us. You should not pay the bill yourself. We will contact the provider directly and take care of the problem. How do I ask the plan to pay me back for the plan’s share of medical services or items I paid for? Remember, if you get a bill that is more than your copay for covered services and items, you should not pay the bill yourself. But if you do pay the bill, you can get a refund if you followed the rules for getting services and items. If you are asking to be paid back, you are asking for a coverage decision. We will see if the service or item you paid for is a covered service or item, and we will check to see if you followed all the rules for using your coverage. If the service or item you paid for is covered and you followed all the rules, we will send you the payment for our share of the cost of the service or item within 60 calendar days after we get your request. Or, if you haven’t paid for the service or item yet, we will send the payment directly to the provider. When we send the payment, it’s the same as saying Yes to your request for a coverage decision. If the service or item is not covered, or you did not follow all the rules, we will send you a letter telling you we will not pay for the service or item and explaining why. What if the plan says they will not pay? If you do not agree with our decision, you can make an appeal. Follow the appeals process. When you are following these instructions, please note: If you make an appeal for reimbursement, we must give you our answer within 60 calendar days after we get your appeal. If you are asking us to pay you back for medical care you have already received and paid for yourself, you are not allowed to ask for a fast appeal. If we answer “no” to your appeal and the service or item is usually covered by Medicare, we will automatically send your case to the Independent Review Entity. We will notify you by letter if this happens. If the IRE reverses our decision and says we should pay you, we must send the payment to you or to the provider within 30 calendar days. If the answer to your appeal is Yes at any stage of the appeals process after Level 2, we must send the payment you asked for to you or to the provider within 60 calendar days. If the IRE says No to your appeal, it means they agree with our decision not to approve your request. (This is called “upholding the decision.” It is also called “turning down your appeal.”) The letter you get will explain additional appeal rights you may have. You can appeal again only if the dollar value of the service or item you want meets a certain minimum amount. If we answer “no” to your appeal and the service or item is usually covered by Medi-Cal, you can file a Level 2 Appeal yourself (see above). IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) is a Health Plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. Information on this page is current as of October 08, 2021. H5355_CMC_22_2246727 Accepted
IEHP DualChoice - 2022 Plan Benefits
ll pay: Benefits Doctor Visit: $0 Vision Care: $150 limit every two years for contact lenses and eyeglasses (frames and lenses) Inpatient Hospital Care: $0 Home Health Agency Care: $0 Ambulance Services: $0 Transportation: $0. Including bus pass. Call American Logistics Company (ALC) at (866) 880-3654, for TTY users, call your relay service or California Relay Service at 711. For reservations call Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm (PST). Call at least 5 days before your appointment. Diagnostic Tests, X-Rays & Lab Services: $0 Durable Medical Equipment: $0 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS): $0 Community Based Adult Services (CBAS): $0 Long Term Care that includes custodial care and facility: $0 You pay nothing for a one-month or long term-supply of drugs With IEHP DualChoice, you pay nothing for covered drugs as long as you follow the plan’s rules. Tier 1 drugs are: generic drugs. They have a copay of $0. Tier 2 drugs are brand name drugs. They have a copay of $0. Tier 3 drugs are over-the-counter drugs. They have a copay of $0. After your coverage begins with IEHP DualChoice, you must receive medical services and prescription drug services in the IEHP DualChoice network. To learn more about the plan’s benefits, cost-sharing, applicable conditions and limitations, refer to the IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook. 2022 Summary of Benefits (PDF) 2022 Annual Notice of Changes (PDF) 2022 IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook (PDF) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Click here to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP DualChoice website. Plan Premium There is no plan premium for IEHP DualChoice. Plan Deductible There is no deductible for IEHP DualChoice. Because you are eligible for Medi-Cal, you qualify for and are getting “Extra Help” from Medicare to pay for your prescription drug plan costs. You do not need to do anything further to get this Extra Help. You may be able to get extra help to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. To see if you qualify for getting extra help, you can contact: (800) 633-4227 (MEDICARE), TTY users should call (877) 486-2048, 24 hours a day/7days a week The Social Security Office at (800) 772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, TTY users should call (800) 325-0778; or Your State Medicaid Office How to get care coordination Do you need help getting the care you need? A care team can help you. A care team may include your doctor, a care coordinator, or other health person that you choose. A care coordinator is a person who is trained to help you manage the care you need. You will get a care coordinator when you enroll in IEHP DualChoice. This person will also refer you to community resources, if IEHP DualChoice does not provide the services that you need. To speak with a Care Coordinator, please call IEHP DualChoicenat (877) 273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Prior Authorization and Out of Network Coverage What kinds of medical care and other services can you get without getting approval in advance from your Primary Care Provider (PCP) in IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)? You can get services such as those listed below without getting approval in advance from your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Routine women’s health care, which includes breast exams, screening mammograms (X-rays of the breast), Pap tests, and pelvic exams as long as you Urgently needed care from in-network providers or from out-of-network providers when network providers are temporarily unavailable or inaccessible, e.g., when you are temporarily outside of the plan’s service area. Kidney dialysis services that you get at a Medicare-certified dialysis facility when you are temporarily outside the plan’s service area. (If possible, please call IEHP DualChoice Member Services before you leave the service area so we can help arrange for you to have maintenance dialysis while you are away.) How to get care from specialists and other network providers A specialist is a doctor who provides health care services for a specific disease or part of the body. There are many kinds of specialists. Here are a few examples: Oncologists care for patients with cancer. Cardiologists care for patients with heart conditions. Orthopedists care for patients with certain bone, joint, or muscle conditions. You will usually see your PCP first for most of your routine healthcare needs such as physical checkups, immunization, etc. When your PCP thinks that you need specialized treatment or supplies, your PCP will need to get prior authorization (i.e., prior approval) from your Plan and/or medical group. This is called a referral. Your PCP will send a referral to your plan or medical group. It is very important to get a referral (approval in advance) from your PCP before you see a Plan specialist or certain other providers. If you don’t have a referral (approval in advance) before you get services from a specialist, you may have to pay for these services yourself. PCPs are usually linked to certain hospitals and specialists. When you choose a PCP, it also determines what hospital and specialist you can use. What if a specialist or another network provider leaves our plan? Sometimes a specialist, clinic, hospital or other network provider you are using might leave the plan. When a provider leaves a network, we will mail you a letter informing you about your new provider. If you prefer a different one, please call IEHP DualChoice Member Services and we can assist you in finding and selecting another provider. How to get care from out-of-network providers When your doctor recommends services that are not available in our network, you can receive these services by an out-of-network provider. In order to receive out-of-network services, your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or Specialist must submit a referral request to your plan or medical group. All requests for out-of-network services must be approved by your medical group prior to receiving services. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) is a Health Plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Information on this page is current as of October 8, 2021. H5355_CMC_22_2246727 Accepted
How to Get Care - How to Get Care
l care, like: Routine checkups Sick visits, such as colds, flu and fever Chronic illnesses, like asthma and diabetes Order medical tests Your Doctor also handles your preventive care, such as vaccines, shots, health screenings and other tests. Preventive care is about preventing disease. Regular checkups, even when you are not sick, can help your Doctor spot a health problem early, and treat it before it gets worse. 2. Getting care from a Specialist When you need specialty care, your Doctor will refer you to a Specialist. This is how referrals work: When the request is received by IEHP, a decision will be made within 5 business days for a regular referral. For an urgent referral, this is done within 72 business hours. For a regular referral, expect a letter from your medical group or IEHP within 2 days after a decision has been made. When the request is approved, call your Specialist to make an appointment. If the request is denied, talk to your Doctor or call IEHP Member Services at (800) 440-4347 or (800) 718-4347 (TTY) to learn more. 3. Getting your medicine You can fill your prescription at any IEHP contracted pharmacy. There are more than 760 pharmacies in our network. From major chains, like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and many others. To find one close to you, check your IEHP Doctor Directory or click the Provider Search link. Helpful tips to help your treatment: Be sure to call the pharmacy five days before you run out of medicine. Take your medicine the way your Doctor tells you to. 4. Find a Doctor To find more information on Primary Care Physician's (PCPs), Specialists, Pharmacies, etc., click here to visit the Doctor search. 5. Getting help from Member Services If you need help, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. The call is toll free. If you reach IEHP Member Services after hours, you will be able to leave a secure voice message. Calls will be returned the next working day. If you call after midnight and leave a secure voice message, we will return your call the same working day. Resources Barriers to Care: We all have our own cultural, religious or health beliefs. This document includes some common beliefs that may keep you from getting the care you need—along with some facts to help you make informed decisions about your health.