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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.
How to Renew MediCal - Medical Renewal Form
members meet the guidelines to renew your Medi-Cal insurance program. You can renew your Medi-Cal online. You must fill out a Medi-Cal renewal form. This step is known as Medi-Cal redetermination. Be sure to look over your health plan during the Medi-Cal renewal process. This may help you get extra aid from the state of California. If your situation changed, the government could help you to lower your monthly health insurance costs. The amount of aid depends on where you live, your family income, and the number of people in your household. How to Check Medi-Cal Status Once your Medi-Cal is approved, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will send you a Benefits Identification Card (BIC) in the mail. If you do not get your BIC in the mail, or a letter from DHSC asking for more information, call or visit your local Social Services Office to ask for status. You can also check your Medi-Cal status on the Covered California website. How to Check if My Medi-Cal is Active Visit the Social Services agency in person In Riverside County visit the Riverside County Department of Public Services for a local office. If you live in San Bernardino County visit the Transition Assistance Department – San Bernardino to find a local office. Call Medi-Cal by phone Before you renew your Medi-Cal, check the status of your Medi-Cal by calling the Medi-Cal hotline at (800) 541-5555. If you don’t have your Benefits Identification Card, the automated system will ask for the last four numbers of your Social Security number and the month and year of your birth. You can also call your local county office. Send a request by mail To check the status of your Medi-Cal by mail send a letter to: Medi-Cal Eligibility Division, P.O. Box 997417, MS 4607, Sacramento, CA 95899-7417 How to Renew Medi-Cal As a Medi-Cal member, you must renew your Medi-Cal each year to keep your health care benefits. For most members Medi-Cal is automatically renewed. If your county cannot confirm all your information to automate the renewal, a packet will be mailed to you. All forms inside this packet must be filled out and returned. As a Medi-Cal member, you can return this information over the phone, by mail, or by fax. You can also return your packet to your local Social Services office. If you do not complete this renewal process your Medi-Cal benefits can be canceled. Medi-Cal Redetermination Form As stated above, Medi-Cal must be renewed each year. The county runs a review to find out if people or households still can get Medi-Cal. This review is known as annual redetermination. If you’ve changed jobs, had a pay rise, lost your job, or the number of people living in your house has changed, it may or may not help you get Medi-Cal. The purpose of an annual redetermination is for the state to get as much data from you to find out what aid you should be able to get. Or what amount, if any, you should pay for Medi-Cal. The Medi-Cal office will try to renew your households’ Medi-Cal automatically. But, if your personal data cannot be verified, your Medi-Cal redetermination package will come in the mail. Once the packet comes, you need to fill out all the data needed and send the forms back ASAP. This helps avoid any delay in Medi-Cal renewal and keeps you covered in case of an emergency. What Happens After I Return My Form? The county will send you a letter letting you know if you still qualify for Medi-Cal coverage. How long do I have before I get disenrolled from Medi-Cal? If you do not renew your Medi-Cal on time, you only have 90 days after your Medi-Cal benefits expire to file for renewal. After 90 days, you will have to submit a brand new Medi-Cal application. To apply for Medi-Cal or discuss your Medi-Cal renewal, call our IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. *Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Riverside and San Bernardino County continue to delay the processing of Medi-Cal annual redeterminations.
Report an Issue - Report Fraud and HIPAA Privacy Issues
ay have. To ensure that our Members receive the best care, we need them to report any issues. Issues can be, witnessing any type of fraud, or if a Member feels that their personal and private information has been misused. How Do I Report an Issue? To report fraud the following resources are available: waste or abuse, privacy issues, and other compliance issues. Compliance Hotline: (866) 355-9038 Fax: (909) 477-8536 E-mail: email@example.com Mail: IEHP Compliance Officer P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Click Report a Compliance Issue to report online. What is the Privacy Incident/Breach? IEHP has established a HIPAA Privacy Program to ensure that Member’s health information is properly protected, while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high-quality health care. What is a privacy breach? An unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) which puts at risk the security or privacy of such information. PHI is health information that relates to a Member’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition. This includes the services of his/her health care, or payment for that care and contains personally identifiable information (PII) such as name, SSN, DOB, Member ID, address, or any other unique identifier related to the Member. This generally means that a breach occurs when PHI is accessed, used, or disclosed to an individual or entity that does not have a business reason to know that information. The law does allow information to be accessed, used, or disclosed when it is related to treatment, payment, or healthcare operations directly associated with the work that we do at IEHP on behalf of our Members. Click Report a Privacy Incident/Breach to report online. What is the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) Program? IEHP has established a fraud, waste, and abuse program to detect, correct, and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse on part of IEHP Employees, IEHP Members, Providers, Vendors, delegated entities and any other entity doing business with IEHP. What is Fraud? Fraud is knowingly and willfully executing, or attempting to execute, a scheme or artifice to defraud any health care benefit program, or to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, any of the money or property owned by, or under the custody or control of, any health care benefit program. Examples include: The use of someone else's identification or insurance card to obtain services. Falsifying income or location to obtain insurance. Selling of prescription medication or medical equipment obtained through IEHP. What is Waste? Waste includes overuse of services, or other practices that, directly or indirectly, result in unnecessary costs. Waste is generally not considered to be caused by actions of criminal neglect but rather by the misuse of resources. Examples include: Frequent visits to the ER or Urgent care for standard doctor visits. Visiting multiple doctors or hospitals to obtain controlled medications. What is Abuse? Abuse includes actions that may, directly or indirectly, result in unnecessary costs and improper payment or services. Abuse involves payment for items or services when there is no legal entitlement to that payment and the provider has not knowingly and/or intentionally misrepresented facts to obtain payment. Examples include: Use of transportation benefits for non-medical purposes. Click Report Fraud/Waste/Abuse to report online.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements
of Phase 1A of its vaccination roadmap, vaccines will be distributed to caregivers with In-Home Support Services (IHSS), intermediate care centers, and public and community health centers, including facilities for mental health. Click here to learn more. 1/12/21: San Bernardino County introduces a coronavirus quarantine and isolation calculator. This tool allows people to determine how long they should self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, being sick with COVID-19, or being exposed to someone with COVID-19. Click here for more info. 12/7/20: The governor announced a stay at home order for Southern California regions, including Riverside and San Bernardino County, for a minimum of three weeks. This order is in response to a rapid growth in COVID-19 cases and a substantial increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Click here to learn more. 9/11/20: To continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Riverside County is urging residents to get tested. In addition, increased testing will help the county move into the next level of the state’s reopening plan. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org. 8/21/20: Health officials urge Riverside County residents to get tested for COVID-19, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org. 8/21/20: To stop the spread of COVID-19, San Bernardino County Public Health Director urges all residents to get tested. Watch this video to learn more. 7/24/20: Fraud reports have increased due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, leaving many San Bernardino residents unsure how to avoid scams or report them to authorities. Scams include fake at-home COVID-19 testing kits or vaccinations, IRS impersonators, illegal robocalls and fake charities. For more information visit the San Bernardino County Public Website. 6/29/20: San Bernardino County is encouraging all residents, including those who have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19, to be testing for the Coronavirus. Click here for testing locations. 6/19/20: Governor Newsom requires California residents to wear face coverings while in public. Click here to learn more. For information on how to wear a proper face covering, watch this short video. 6/12/20: A COVID-19 testing site returns to Blythe. Testing started on June 10th and will continue for two weeks. In addition, a testing site opens at the Edgemont Women’s Club in Moreno Valley and will operate June 17 through June 19th. Click here for more information. 5/29/20: Cooling Centers open throughout Riverside County, offering residents an escape from extreme heat and are open to the public at no cost. The centers will be available through October. Click here for more information. 5/29/20: New COVID-19 testing sites open in San Bernardino County. They are scheduled to run through June with appointment registrations opening weekly. For a complete list of testing locations click here: Click here for a complete list of testing locations. 5/27/20: A drive up COVID-19 testing site will be opened at the old Sears parking lot in Riverside, replacing the testing location at Harvest Christian Fellowship that is closing. Click here for a complete list of testing. 5/22/20: Riverside County added three new COVID-19 testing sites in Corona, San Jacinto and Temecula. Click here for a complete list of testing locations. 4/30/20: Riverside County’s Public Health Officer is extending his order requiring residents to wear face coverings when outside and to continue practicing social distancing through June 19. Residents are still required to remain in their primary residence under Governor Newsom’s existing “stay at home” order unless they are engaged in an essential business or activity, such as grocery shopping or visiting the doctor. Click here for more information. 4/28/20: San Bernardino County opens up criteria for COVID-19 testing. Beginning April 30th, residents 65 and older, healthcare workers, emergency responders, and law enforcement can get tested without displaying symptoms of COVID-19. For testing information, visit the San Bernardino County website. 4/24/20: In response to an increasing number of requests for resources, Riverside County released an online map to connect residents to local food resources. Resources include senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries. Click here to find food resources. 4/20/20: Testing for COVID-19 has been expanded to all Riverside County residents, including those who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, a fifth COVID-19 testing site will be established at the Blythe Fairgrounds on April 22nd. All residents interested in testing must call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. Click here for more information. 4/13/20: A fourth drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on Tuesday, April 14th. The site has been established at the Perris Fairgrounds, located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive. Perris, California. Residents who want to get tested must have symptoms to make an appointment, symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 4/13/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a community drive-through event for COVID-19 testing in Montclair on Tuesday, April 14. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents by appointment only. Residents can make an appointment online at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 13 or by calling (909) 387-3911. Additional community drive-through events are scheduled throughout this month in Yucaipa, Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, and Rancho Cucamonga, California. For more information visit the San Bernardino County website. 4/8/20: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will begin a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on Thursday, April 9th. Appointments are required. To make an appointment call 855-422-8029. For more information visit Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. 4/7/20: CalWORKs and CalFresh renewals and SAR 7 status reports do not need to be submitted for March, April or May. This does not apply to Transitional CalFresh or Transitional Nutrition benefits. To access your benefits, visit: c4youself.com or call 877-410-8829 (San Bernardino County) 877-410-8827 (Riverside County). 4/7/20: The San Bernardino County’s Acting Health Officer ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear face coverings when leaving home and interacting with other people. Face coverings may include homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters. Also, orders all religious services to be done electronically, including upcoming Easter celebrations.Click here for more information. 4/4/20: The Riverside County Public Health Officer orders the public to stay home and cover their face when leaving and interacting with other people, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes. Click here to learn more. 4/4/20: The Small Business Association (SBA) is offering forgivable loans that help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan application period opens on Friday, April 3, 2020. For more information visit the SBA website. 3/31/20: San Bernardino County will conduct a drive-thru sample collection event for COVID-19 in the High Desert on April 2nd. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents only. Residents can request an appointment online at sbcovid19.com or by calling (909) 387-3911. For more information on this event visit: http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/default.aspx 3/30/20 – A third drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on April 1st. The site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside. Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/30/20 – A COVID-19 testing site in Indian Wells will be relocated to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. The first day of testing at the fairgrounds is Tuesday (March 31). Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Appointments must be scheduled by calling 800-945-6171. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/27/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru specimen collection for COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. The specimen collection for COVID-19 testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details will be available on the county website. 3/25/20: COVID-19 testing for IEHP Members is now available at SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino. IEHP Members must call (909) 771-2911 to schedule a telephone appointment with a Doctor. The Doctor will evaluate the Member and determine if they need COVID-19 testing and will provide details on how to obtain testing. 3/20/2020: Gov Gavin Newsom announces a California statewide order for residents to “stay at home,” excluding essential entities which include grocery stores, take-out and delivery and health care organizations. IEHP is an essential entity and will continue operations to support our Members and Providers through telephonic contact only. OUR BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED TO NON-EMPLOYEES. We highly encourage you (our Members and Providers) to call us if you need any services or have any questions. Continue to visit our website for frequent updates and news from Gov Gavin Newsom. 3/19/2020: IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hansberger, has an important message for our Members in the Coachella Valley region about the COVID-19 situation and ways for them to protect their health. Click here. 3/18/2020: To help our IEHP Members stay home and avoid public places, we encourage Members to use mail order delivery service for both new and refill prescriptions. By using this service, Members can get medicines mailed to their home at no cost by using standard shipping. 3/13/2020: We are requesting when you (including Members, Providers, Community Partners, Vendors, and all Visitors) need IEHP services, please call IEHP or your IEHP contact directly to get the help you need. If you must visit IEHP in person, please ensure that you do not have a fever, cough or breathing problem. 3/13/2020: All classes and events at IEHP’s Community Resource Centers are canceled until further notice for the protection and safety of our community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We apologize for any inconvenience and expect to resume classes as soon as possible.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
al care as early as possible improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Receiving postpartum care after childbirth is just as crucial for a woman to make sure she is healing properly and gets the help she needs to care for herself and her baby. IEHP has programs that offer support for our pregnant Members throughout their pregnancy and after. Baby-N-Me App This is a free app for IEHP Members who are pregnant or have a baby under 2 years old. On this app pregnant Members can get up-to-date information about their growing baby like ultrasound videos, get handy tools like a weight gain calculator, complete a survey that screens for postpartum depression, set appointment reminders, and much more! Parents of a baby under 2 years old can get parenting tips and advice, age-adapted information about their baby’s growth, feeding patterns, and tools to track diaper changes, growth, and vaccines. You can download this app for free through iTunes or Google Play Loving Support Loving Support is committed to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. The Helpline offers advice, referrals to mom support groups and support and encouragement to get breastfeeding off to a good start. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) also offer guidance, pumping strategies and tips for returning to work/school or are pumping for their premature babies. Call Loving Support with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the first year and beyond. You can contact the Loving Support 24/7 Helpline at 888-451-2499/951-358-7212. The staff speaks English and Spanish. Additional Resources The ABC's of Safe Sleep (Video) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Pregnancy Depression During and After Pregnancy
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.
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
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.
Helpful Information and Resources - Interpreter Service
t Doctor visit? IEHP offers language interpreter services to all IEHP Members - and it's free! We will send an interpreter to your Doctor's office, so you'll have someone there who knows your language. We schedule interpreters for most any language, including American Sign Language. To schedule a language interpreter, call IEHP Member Services at least 5 days before your Doctor visit. To cancel your request, call at least 2 days before your Doctor visit. 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.
Medi-Cal Rights and Responsibilities
ghts: To be treated with respect, giving due consideration to your right to privacy and the need to maintain confidentiality of your medical records. To be given information about the plan and its services, including Covered Services, Practitioners, Providers, and Member rights and responsibilities. To be able to choose a PCP within IEHP’s network. To take part in decisions about your health care, including the right to refuse treatment. To voice grievances, verbally or in writing, about the organization or the care given. To provide feedback about the organization’s Member rights and responsibilities policies. To get care coordination. To request an appeal of decisions to deny, defer or limit services or benefits. To get oral interpretation services for their language. To get free legal help at your local legal aid office or other groups. To create advance directives. To have access to family planning services, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Service Facilities, sexually transmitted disease services and Emergency Services outside IEHP’s network pursuant to federal law. To request a State Hearing, including instructions on how an expedited hearing is possible. To have access to, and where legal and appropriate, get copies of, amend or correct your Medical Record. To disenroll upon request. Members who can request expedited disenrollment include, but are not limited to, those getting services under the Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Programs and those with special health care needs. To access Minor Consent Services. To get written Member-informing materials in other formats (such as braille, large-size print and audio) upon request and in a timely fashion appropriate for the format being requested and in accordance with Welfare & Institutions Code Section 14182 (b)(12). To be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation. To learn about and discuss available treatment options and alternatives with regard to cost or benefit coverage, presented in a manner appropriate to your condition and ability to understand. To get a copy of your medical records, and request amendments or corrections, as specified in 45 Code of Federal Regulations §164.524 and 164.526. To freely exercise these rights without adversely affecting how you are treated by IEHP, Providers or the State. To have access to family planning services, Freestanding Birth Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Service Facilities, midwifery services, Rural Health Centers, sexually transmitted disease services and Emergency Services outside IEHP’s network pursuant to the federal law. If you have been getting care from a health care provider, you may have a right to keep him or her for a certain time period. Please contact IEHP Member Services, and if you have more questions, please contact the Department of Managed Health Care, which protects HMO consumers, by telephone at its toll-free number, 1-888-466-2219 (TTY) 1-877-688-9891, or online at https://www.dmhc.ca.gov/. As a Member of IEHP, you are responsible to: Be familiar with and ask questions about your health plan options, your health plan coverage limitations and exclusions, rules about the use of network providers, coverage and exclusions, rules, appropriate process to obtain information and process to appeal coverage decisions. If you have a question about your coverage, 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. Follow the advice and care procedures requested by your Doctor and IEHP. If you have a question about these procedures, 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. Request interpreter services at least 5 working days before a scheduled appointment. Call your Doctor or pharmacy at least 3 days before you run out of medicine. Cooperate with your Doctor and staff and treat them and other patients with respect. This includes being on time for your visits or calling your Doctor if you need to cancel or set up a new appointment. Understand that your Doctor’s office may have limited seating for patients and caregivers only. Give accurate data to IEHP, your Doctor, and any other provider. This helps you get better care. Understand your health care needs and be part of your health care decisions. Ask your Doctor questions if you do not understand. Work with your Doctor to make plans for your health care. Follow the plans and instructions for care that you have agreed on with your Doctor. Notify IEHP and your Doctor if you want to stop the plans and instructions you have agreed on or no longer want to participate in health management programs. Immunize your children by age 2 years and always keep your children’s vaccines up to date. Call your Doctor when you need routine or urgent health care. Care for your own health. Live an active life, exercise, have a good diet, and don’t smoke. Avoid knowingly spreading disease to others. Use IEHP’s grievance process to file a complaint. 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 to file a complaint (grievance or appeal). Report any fraud, waste or abuse to IEHP by calling the Compliance Hotline at (866) 355-9038 or the proper authorities. Understand that there are risks in getting health care and limits to what can be done for you medically. Understand that it is a health care provider’s duty to be efficient and fair in caring for you as well as other patients.
IEHP DualChoice - Rights and Responsibilities
an (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) Member, you have the right to: Receive information about your rights and responsibilities as an IEHP DualChoice Member. Be treated with respect and courtesy. IEHP DualChoice recognizes your dignity and right to privacy. Receive services without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability or medical condition, sexual orientation, claims experience, medical history, evidence of insurability (including conditions arising out of acts of domestic violence), disability, genetic information, or source of payment. Receive information about IEHP DualChoice, its programs and services, its Doctors, Providers, health care facilities, and your drug coverage and costs, which you can understand. Have a Primary Care Provider who is responsible for coordination of your care. If your Primary Care Provider changes, your IEHP DualChoice benefits and required co-payments will stay the same. Your IEHP DualChoice Doctor cannot charge you for covered health care services, except for required co-payments. Request a second opinion about a medical condition. Receive emergency care whenever and wherever you need it. See plan Providers, get covered services, and get your prescription filled timely. Receive information about clinical programs, including staff qualifications, request a change of treatment choices, participate in decisions about your health care, and be informed of health care issues that require self-management. If you have been receiving care from a health care provider, you may have a right to keep your provider for a designated time period. If you are under a Doctor’s care for an acute condition, serious chronic condition, pregnancy, terminal illness, newborn care, or a scheduled surgery, you may ask to continue seeing your current Doctor. To make this request, or if you have any concerns about your continuity of care, please call IEHP DualChoice Member Services at 1-877-273-IEHP (4347). Receive Member informing materials in alternative formats, including Braille, large print, and audio. Information on procedures for obtaining prior authorization of services, Quality Assurance, disenrollment, and other procedures affecting IEHP DualChoice Members. IEHP DualChoice will honor authorizations for services already approved for you. If you have any authorizations pending approval, if you are in them idle of treatment, or if specialty care has been scheduled for you by your current Doctor, contact IEHP to help you coordinate your care during this transition time. Call IEHP DualChoice at 1-877-273-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Review, request changes to, and receive a copy of your medical records in a timely fashion. Receive interpreter services at no cost. Notify IEHP if your language needs are not met. Make recommendations about IEHP DualChoice Members’ rights and responsibilities policies. Be informed regarding Advance Directives, Living Wills, and Power of Attorney, and to receive information regarding changes related to existing laws. Decide in advance how you want to be cared for in case you have a life-threatening illness or injury. Be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation Complain about IEHP DualChoice, its Providers, or your care. IEHP DualChoice will help you with the process. You have the right to choose someone to represent you during your appeal or grievance process and for your grievances and appeals to be reviewed as quickly as possible and be told how long it will take. Have grievances heard and resolved in accordance with Medicare guidelines; Request quality of care grievances data from IEHP DualChoice. Appeal any decision IEHP DualChoice makes regarding, but not limited to, a denial, termination, payment, or reduction of services. This includes denial of payment for a service after the service has been rendered (post-service) or denial of service prior to the service being rendered (pre-service). Request fast reconsideration; Request and receive appeal data from IEHP DualChoice; Receive notice when an appeal is forwarded to the Independent Review Entity (IRE); Automatic reconsideration by the IRE when IEHP DualChoice upholds its original adverse determination in whole or in part; Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing if the independent review entity upholds the original adverse determination in whole or in part and the remaining amount in controversy is $100 or more; Request Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) review if the ALJ hearing is unfavorable to the Member in whole or in part; Judicial review of the hearing decision if the ALJ hearing and/or DAB review is unfavorable to the Member in whole or in part and the amount remaining in controversy is $1,000 or more; Make a quality of care complaint under the QIO process; Request QIO review of a determination of noncoverage of inpatient hospital care; Request QIO review of a determination of noncoverage in skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities; Request a timely copy of your case file, subject to federal and state law regarding confidentiality of patient information; Challenge local and national Medicare coverage determination. As an IEHP DualChoice Member, you have the responsibility to: Review your Member Handbook, and call IEHP DualChoice Member Services if you do not understand something about your coverage and benefits Inform your Doctor about your medical condition, and concerns. Follow the plan of treatment your Doctor feels is necessary Make necessary appointments for routine and sick care, and inform your Doctor when you are unable to make a scheduled appointment. Learn about your health needs and leading a healthy lifestyle. Make every effort to participate in the health care programs IEHP DualChoice offers you. For more information on Member Rights and Responsibilities refer to Chapter 8 of your IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook. Rights and Responsibilities Upon Disenrollment Ending your membership in IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) may be voluntary (your own choice) or involuntary (not your own choice) You might leave our plan because you have decided that you want to leave. There are also limited situations where you do not choose to leave, but we are required to end your membership.Chapter 10 of your IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook tells you about situations when we must end your membership. When can you end your membership in our plan? Because you get assistance from Medi-Cal, you can end your membership in IEHP DualChoice at any time. Your membership will usually end on the first day of the month after we receive your request to change plans. Your enrollment in your new plan will also begin on this day. How to voluntarily end your membership in our plan? If you would like to switch from our plan to another Medicare Advantage plan simply enroll in the new Medicare Advantage plan. You will be automatically disenrolled from IEHP DualChoice, when your new plan’s coverage begins. If you would like to switch from our plan to Original Medicare but you have not selected a separate Medicare prescription drug plan. You must ask to be disenrolled from IEHP DualChoice. There are two ways you can asked to be disenrolled: To disenroll, please call Health Care Options (HCO) at 1-844-580-7272, 8am - 6pm (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. Or you can contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Until your membership ends, you are still a member of our plan. If you leave IEHP DualChoice, it may take time before your membership ends and your new Medicare coverage goes into effect. (See Chapter 10 of the IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook for information on when your new coverage begins.) During this time, you must continue to get your medical care and prescription drugs through our plan. You should continue to use our network pharmacies to get your prescriptions filled until your membership in our plan ends. Usually, your prescription drugs are only covered if they are filled at a network pharmacy including through our mail-order pharmacy services. If you are hospitalized on the day that your membership ends, you will usually be covered by our plan until you are discharged (even if you are discharged after your new health coverage begins). If you no longer qualify for Medi-Cal or your circumstances have changed that make you no longer eligible for Cal MediConnect, you may continue to get your benefits from IEHP DualChoice for an additional two-month period. This additional time will allow you to correct your eligibility information if you believe that you are still eligible. You will get a letter from us about the change in your eligibility with instructions to correct your eligibility information. To stay a member of IEHP DualChoice, you must qualify again by the last day of the two-month period. If you do not qualify by the end of the two-month period, you’ll de disenrolled by IEHP DualChoice. Involuntarily ending your membership IEHP DualChoice must end your membership in the plan if any of the following happen: If you do not stay continuously enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. If you move out of our service area for more than six months. If you become incarcerated. If you lie about or withhold information about other insurance you have that provides prescription drug coverage. If you intentionally give us incorrect information when you are enrolling in our plan and that information affects your eligibility for our plan. If you continuously behave in a way that is disruptive and makes it difficult for us to provide medical care for you and other members of our plan. If you let someone else use your membership card to get medical care. To be a Member of IEHP DualChoice, you must keep your eligibility with Medi-Cal and Medicare. If you lose your zero share-of-cost, full scope Medi-Cal, you will be disenrolled from our plan (for your Medicare benefits) the first day of the following month and will be covered by the Original Medicare. The State or Medicare may disenroll you if you are determined no longer eligible to the program. 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
Awards and Recognitions
ence and access to care for the low-income working residents of the Inland Empire. These recognitions honor our steadfast commitment to improving access to quality, wellness-based healthcare services when and where members need it. NCQA Accreditation IEHP was the first Medicaid-only health plan in California to earn accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal health plan, in 2000. We have retained NCQA accreditation every year since. Innovation Awards from DHCS In November 2021, IEHP received the “Innovation Award - Runner Up 2021” for the Medi-Cal PCP Auto Assignment Redesign, which focused on directing Members to Providers with higher quality scores. In November 2020, IEHP was awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award. The award was based on IEHP’s groundbreaking work using location intelligence to reach high-risk members and providers in geographic areas affected by power outages, wildfires, and other natural disasters. This is the fourth time the health plan has received this honor. In 2018, IEHP received the Innovation Award from Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), for its Housing Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management services to homeless, high utilizing Members. In October 2017 IEHP won a California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for improving the health of low-income members through a program that coordinates their complex physical and behavioral health care needs across the healthcare system in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2015 IEHP won the first annual Innovation Award from DHCS for its Transitional Care Program, which strives to reduce emergency room usage and curtails the re-admission rates of members recently discharged from the hospital IEHP Receives the CORE Certification Seal In April 2022, IEHP received the CORE Certification Seal for the Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance CAQH CORE Operating Rule Sets. As a CAQH CORE-certified entity, IEHP has demonstrated that they follow a set of national operating rules and standards which improve business processes in healthcare — going above and beyond what is federally required. The CORE Seal is widely recognized as the industry gold standard. IEHP Receives Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award In September 2021, IEHP was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition. The distinguished award recognizes the health plan’s partnership with the City and County of San Bernardino to host an ongoing super vaccine clinic at the health plan’s headquarters. IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication In 2020, IEHP received the Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards. Click here to learn more. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Score in the Nation The IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan had the third-highest score in the country in the 2016 MMP CAHPS survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which assesses the experiences patients have with their health plans. In 2016 there were 40 Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) in the nation (called Cal MediConnect plans in California). Annual Excellence Award In 2016, IEHP received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for Performance Program, which leverages IEHP network pharmacies to offer clinical education to its members. Top Physician Satisfaction Doctors and other medical providers ranked IEHP at or above the 90th percentile in most areas on a 2016 satisfaction survey administered by an independent survey vendor. They ranked IEHP at the: 99th percentile for “IEHP Compared to All Other Health Plans” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Call Center Staff” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Financial Services” 97th percentile for “Recommend IEHP to Other Physicians’ Practices” IEHP Receives Workplace of the Year Award from Advisory Board in March 2018 Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. IEHP is one of only 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award. Favorite Employer IEHP was voted “Favorite Overall Company to Work For,” “Favorite Training Program” and “Favorite Workplace Culture” by Los Angeles News Group Readers in the 2014 Winning Workplaces survey. “Access to Caring” Award IEHP was recognized for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to people with disabilities by the Western University of Health Sciences, in 2014. Energy Star Award for Superior Energy Performance IEHP’s corporate headquarters (“The Atrium”) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 2017, demonstrating IEHP’s commitment to continued energy savings and environmental responsibility. “Gold Standard” Certification for Electronic Payments and Claims Processing In 2016 IEHP achieved Phase III certification for accurate and efficient electronic provider payments and claims reconciliation from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). The voluntary certification is widely viewed as the industry “gold standard” for provider payments and claims processing.
Join Our Network - PCP & Specialists
HP) directly contracted provider. Prior to extending a contract, we must receive the following documents. Please completely fill out all required documents. Any delay in receiving the below stated documents will affect the effective date of the contract that will be mailed to you. New Contract Existing Contract (Adding New Provider) Physician Network Form (PDF) Medical-Number (Physicians and Medical Groups should be enrolled in the State's Medi-Cal Program) Physicians and Specialists (PDF) (M.D., D.O., D.P.M., D.C., O.D., S.P., AuD., P.T., etc) Pre-Contractual Letter (PDF) (Only applies to PCPs. Please review and return signed if all outlined criteria is met) Mid Level Practitioners (PDF) (P.A., N.P., and C.N.M.) Supervisor Agreement (PDF) (Only Applies to Physician Assistants) Medical-Number (Physicians and Medical Groups should be enrolled in the State's Medi-Cal Program) All documents should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All documents should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Provider Maintenance Request Form (PCP, OB/GYN, and Mid-Levels ONLY) can be found here (PDF). Contracts Maintenance Request Form (Specialists ONLY) can be found here (PDF). Individual W-9 form can be found here (PDF). Direct Deposit Frequently Asked Questions can be found here (PDF). National Plan & Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) Portal login: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/#/. NPI Address Update Instructions can be found here (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 - Academic Detailing
treach program for our providers and pharmacies. We perform phone and one-on-one outreaches with physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacy staff. Our goal is to transform the prescriber and pharmacy practice and enhance the provider, pharmacist and member experience. Clinical Drug Education Clinical Drug Education provides materials that focus on a specific drug, drug class, and/or disease state. These materials contain pharmacological and clinical practice information to assist providers and pharmacies in their practice. As new drug information is available, it is important to stay up to date on clinical research findings to assist with member care and medication-use decisions. Practice Development Practice development education provides materials that focus on enhancing provider and member experience. The materials contain guidance on Formulary Utilization and PA submissions as well as insights regarding electronic prescribing and electronic health records. It is our commitment to provider practice optimization tools and resources to enhance member care. 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. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. Biosimilars A growing trend in healthcare is the use of biosimilar drugs. The following information will assist you and your practice on prescribing biosimilars. What is a Biosimilar? (PDF) Biological Product Definitions (PDF) Prescribing Biosimilar Products (PDF) Prescribing Interchangeable Products (PDF) Opioid and Chronic Pain Management In collaboration with Riverside University Health System (RUHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IEHP would like to provide the following information to assist you and your practice on prescribing opioids for chronic pain management. CURES CURES FAQ (PDF) CURES 2.0 User Guide (PDF) CURES tips and tricks (PDF) Naloxone Naxolone Drug facts (PDF) Naxolone instructions for use (PDF) First Responder Naxolone administration fact sheet (PDF) Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) FAQ (PDF) CDC Guideline Infographic (PDF) CDC Guidelines Factsheet (PDF) TurnTheTide Pocket Guide for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (PDF) Opioid Tapering Clinical Pocket Guide to Tapering (PDF) Tapering Resource-AAFP (PDF) Opioid Tapering Resource pack (PDF) Pharmacy Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Substance Abuse (PDF) Urine Drug Testing CDC Urine Drug Testing Factsheet (PDF) UDT for monitoring opioid therapy-AAFP (PDF) X-Waiver X-Waiver resources Quick information about DATA 2000 https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/statutes-regulations-guidelines#DATA-2000 X-waiver online form https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/become-buprenorphine-waivered-practitioner For more information, contact SAMHSA: (866) BUP-CSAT (866-287-2728) firstname.lastname@example.org Practice Optimization Electronic Prescribing (e-Rx) Electronic prescribing is a growing standard in the healthcare industry. Most electronic health record systems offer electronic prescription capabilities. The information below will provide insight to the practice of e-prescribing. Benefits of e-Rx brochure (PDF) Formulary Utilization The IEHP Formulary offers a variety of drugs based on safety and efficacy for any condition. The information below will help you find out how to access and interpret the formulary Medicare FAQ (PDF) The process of submitting a prior authorization may be cumbersome for your practice. The information below will help you understand this process and assist with receiving a proper decision in a timely manner. For any questions regarding Pharmacy Academic Detailing Training please contact: PharmacyAcademicDetailing@iehp.org 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. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. Information on this page is current as of January 1. 2022
COVID-19 - COVID-19 Vaccine
c9; border: none; color: white !important; padding: 15px 32px; border-radius: 25px; display: inline-block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; } COVID-19 Vaccines: Latest news and updates The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free for all IEHP Members. Recommended for everyone ages 5 and older, the vaccines can help protect people from severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. The vaccines won’t make people sick or give them COVID-19. They may have some minor side effects, which are not harmful and should last no more than a few days. The vaccines can help us end the pandemic and save lives. Vaccinated people should keep wearing a mask, washing their hands often and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. IEHP Members can learn more by continuing to visit the IEHP website and or visiting the California Department of Health’s website. CLICK HERE TO FIND A VACCINE CLINIC NEAR YOU How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. PFIZER VACCINE GETS FULL FDA APPROVAL On August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (widely known as the Pfizer vaccine). The approved vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. Effective October 29, 2021 the Pfizer vaccine is available under emergency use authorization, including for use by children aged 5 through 18 years of age and for the administration of a booster dose in certain immunocompromised people. Please note, the Pfizer vaccine and Comirnaty are the same vaccine. The FDA reports that they have the same formulation and are interchangeable. Where can I get the vaccine? For Members who want the vaccine, there are several options: IEHP recommends My Turn online at myturn.ca.gov. My Turn online, a website from the California Department of Public Health, is a convenient, one-stop website where those who want a COVID-19 vaccine can: Set up their first, second and booster shot appointments Set up family or group appointments Find walk-in clinics in their area Set up in-home vaccinations (if needed) Arrange for transportation (if needed) For those without internet access, the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 can help provide the same services. Large pharmacy chains, like CVS and Walgreens provide the vaccine. Many have walk-in appointments available. IEHP recommends calling the pharmacy first to confirm. Vaccine appointment sign-ups are also available online through the public health department in your county. For Riverside County, visit www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine. For San Bernardino County, visit www.sbcovid19.com/vaccine/. Do I have to pay for the vaccine? No. The vaccine is free for everyone who wants it. Is the vaccine safe? Yes, the top medical experts in our nation and state agree that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. The vaccines were tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Many people from different ages, races, and ethnic groups, as well as those with different medical conditions, were part of the trials. Does the vaccine have side effects? Most people do not have serious problems after being vaccinated for COVID-19. Any minor symptoms that result usually go away on their own within a week. Call your Doctor immediately if you start to have any of the following symptoms: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain/swelling, or shortness of breath, chest pain, feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart. Your Doctor or health care provider will explain any potential side effects and what you need to do about them. Since the emergency use authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining outside the heart) have occurred in some people who have received these vaccines. In most of these people, symptoms began within a few days following the second dose of these vaccines. There have been confirmed reports of myocarditis or pericarditis in individuals who received COVID -19 vaccine, particularly among males ages 30 and younger. While this is concerning and is under further investigation, myocarditis or pericarditis after COVID vaccination is extremely rare as more than 318 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States from December 14, 2020 through June 21, 2021. Will there be any long-term side effects? COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in large clinical trials to assess their safety. It will take time and more people will need to get the vaccine before we learn about very rare or long-term side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Health care providers are required to report any problems or adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). What if I have side effects? Contact your Doctor right away. The CDC offers a smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check in on people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you get your vaccine, you should also get a v-safe handout telling you how to enroll in the program. If you enroll, you will get regular text messages with links to surveys where you can report any problems or side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Can the vaccine give me COVID-19? No, the vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 because it does not contain an infectious virus. How many shots will be needed? The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots, 3 to 4 weeks apart. While the first shot helps build protection, you will need to come back a few weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. Your Doctor will advise you when you should return for the second shot, as it varies by type of vaccine. The J&J vaccine requires only one shot. Do I need the booster shot? Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time and due to changes in variants. However, the booster shot may increase your immune response to COVID-19 and its variants, increasing prevention efforts against the virus. Who can get a booster shot? Booster shots are available to everyone ages 12 years and older who are fully vaccinated but the timing of the booster varies by vaccine and age group. When can I get the booster shot? If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, everyone 12 years or older should get the booster at least five months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Moderna vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, adults 18 years and older should get the booster at least two months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination. Does the booster shot have side effects? You may experience side effects after getting the booster shot. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Do I need to keep wearing a mask and avoiding close contact with others once I get fully vaccinated? Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide, please keep using all the tools we know can help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means keep wearing a mask, washing your hands often, avoiding crowds, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance in public places. Can children and babies get COVID-19? Yes. Children can get COVID-19. Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, or they may have no symptoms at all, which is called being asymptomatic. Fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults. But, infants (children younger than 1 year old) and children with certain medical conditions might have a higher risk for getting COVID-19. Can children get a COVID-19 vaccine? COVID-19 vaccines are approved for children 5 years old and older. To learn more, visit the CDC website and/or your county’s public health departments online: Click here for San Bernardino County Click here for Riverside County Can I take the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time? Yes. The CDC has approved the use of routine vaccines for children, adolescents and adults (including pregnant women) on the same day as COVID-19 vaccines (as well as within 14 days of each other). Talk to your Doctor about what’s best for you. If I have previously tested positive for COVID-19, can I still get the vaccine? Yes. People are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. This is because re-infection with COVID-19 is possible. Those who had a diagnosis in the past three months, be sure to talk to your Doctor about when you should get the vaccine. Will IEHP provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic? Yes, IEHP will provide transportation to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the county where you live. How do I request transportation? Contact IEHP Transportation Call Center at 1-800-440-4347. Will the drive wait with me? No, the driver will not wait. Transportation will be provided as a roundtrip. You will need to contact the transportation provider to request a return pickup once you are ready. Can I take my family members? IEHP will provide transportation to an IEHP Member and one other passenger. How much time is needed to request transportation? IEHP will assist with transportation to the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in fewer than 5 business days. However, we cannot guarantee same-day requests. Where can I learn about COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines? IEHP Members can learn more by visiting the IEHP website or the California Department of Health’s website. Members can also learn more about COVID-19 at the California Coronavirus Response website or the CDC’s website
Clinical Information - Medication Therapy Management
MTM is a term to describe a broad range of services offered by Pharmacists on our health care team. The IEHP Clinical Pharmacy Team reviews the Members’ medicines, making sure they’re taking the right ones for their health conditions. If you are a Provider for IEHP Members who qualify for the MTM Program, you can let them know to look out for a letter from us. They will be enrolled automatically—unless they opt-out. MTM is offered to Members at no additional cost. IEHP's MTM services include these core elements: Medication therapy reviews Medication education Disease management A team of Pharmacists and Doctors developed these MTM services to help provide better prescription drug coverage for our Members. For example, MTM also helps identify possible medication errors. Medicare MTM Program This is a free program under Medicare Part D for IEHP DualChoice Members who have multiple medical conditions, take many prescription drugs, and have high drug costs to assist with better medication management and overall health. IEHP DualChoice Members’ enrollment includes a yearly comprehensive medication review (CMR) and regular targeted medication review (TMR) services throughout the year. MTM services include: Comprehensive Medication Review (CMR) An IEHP Clinical Pharmacist will provide an annual comprehensive review of the IEHP DualChoice Member’s medications over the phone. The Pharmacist will review IEHP DualChoice Member’s medications and make clinical recommendations to IEHP DualChoice Members and Providers. Targeted Medication Review (TMR) The IEHP Clinical Pharmacy Team will also offer TMRs through the year by reviewing issues with the participating IEHP DualChoice Member’s medicines. The team will perform TMRs for all enrolled beneficiaries every three months. The beneficiary may get TMR recommendations by mail and their Primary Care Provider may receive recommendations by fax—if the IEHP Clinical Pharmacy Team deems it necessary. For more information, IEHP DualChoice Members eligible for CMR or TMR services can call 1-877-273-IEHP (4347), 8am-5pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Click here for a blank personal medication list. Medicare MTM Program services may have limited eligibility criteria. They are available for the following conditions: 1. The IEHP DualChoice Member has a minimum of three (3) disease states: Bone Disease-Arthritis-Osteoporosis Bone Disease-Arthritis-Rheumatoid Arthritis Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) Diabetes Dyslipidemia End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Hypertension Mental Health Chronic/ Disabling Mental Health Conditions Respiratory Disease – Asthma Respiratory Disease – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2. The IEHP DualChoice Member is prescribed a minimum of five (5) different medications to treat those disease states: ACE-Inhibitors Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) Antidepressants Antihyperlipidemic Antihypertensives Antipsychotics Beta Blockers Bronchodilators Calcium Channel Blockers Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) Diuretics Insulins Oral Hypoglycemics Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Tumor Necrosis Factors (TNFs) Inhaled Corticosteroids Calcimimetic Cardiac Glycoside Colony Stimulating Factors Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Glucocorticosteroids Neprilysin Inhibitor NSAIDs Phosphate Binders Vitamin D Analogs 3. Drug costs of $1,174 (one-fourth of $4,696) for the previous three months are likely to be incurred. For answers to frequently asked questions, please download the FAQ document below: MTM FAQs (PDF) For details, contact the IEHP Pharmaceutical Services Department at (909) 890-2049, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. 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 2022. H5355_CMC_20_1900233_Accepted
Latest News - Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (March)
AN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. Date of Meeting: April 11, 2022 Time of Meeting: 9:00 AM Location of Meeting: Inland Empire Health Plan Headquarters 10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120 Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730 This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Agenda Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.
Latest News - Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies
AN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. Date of Meeting: November 8, 2021 Time of Meeting: 9:00 AM Location of Meeting: Inland Empire Health Plan Headquarters 10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120 Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730 This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Agenda Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.
Latest News - Public Notice for the Regular Meeting of the Joint Powers Agencies (January)
AN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. Date of Meeting: January 10, 2022 Time of Meeting: 9:00 AM Location of Meeting: Inland Empire Health Plan Headquarters 10801 Sixth Street, Suite 120 Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730 This Notice shall confirm the REGULAR MEETING of the Joint Powers Agencies - INLAND EMPIRE HEALTH PLAN AND IEHP HEALTH ACCESS. If disability-related accommodations are needed to participate in this meeting, please contact Annette Taylor, Secretary to the IEHP Governing Board at (909) 296-3584 during regular business hours of IEHP (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Agenda Copies of the Packet may be obtained here.