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COVID-19 - COVID-19 Vaccine
c9; border: none; color: white !important; padding: 15px 32px; margin: 25px 0; 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. Please view our video to learn more on how vaccines build immunity. 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
IEHP DualChoice - NCD
d the following services to be necessary for the treatment of an illness or injury. National Coverage determinations (NCDs) are made through an evidence-based process. See below for a brief description of each NCD. There may be qualifications or restrictions on the procedures below. For more detailed information on each of the NCDs including restrictions and qualifications click on the link after each NCD or call IEHP DualChoice Member Services at (877) 273-IEHP (4347) 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays, or. TTY/TDD (800) 718-4347 1. Screening for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection (Effective: September 28, 2016) (Implementation date: October 2, 2017 – for design and coding; January 1, 2018 – for testing and implementation) Per the recommendation of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), CMS has issued a National Coverage Determination (NCD) which expands coverage to include screening for HBV infection. Previously, HBV screening and re-screening was only covered for pregnant women. Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is transmitted by exposure to bodily fluids. It attacks the liver, causing inflammation. Infected individuals may develop symptoms such as nausea, anorexia, fatigue, fever, and abdominal pain, or may be asymptomatic. An acute HBV infection could progress and lead to life-threatening complications. The USPTF has found that screening for HBV allows for early intervention which can help decrease disease acquisition, transmission and, through treatment, improve intermediate outcomes for those infected. What is covered? Effective for claims with dates of service on or after 09/28/2016, CMS covers screening for HBV infection. Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries who meet either of the following criteria: They are considered to be at high-risk for infection; or They are pregnant. Click here for more information on HBV Screenings. 2. Percutaneous Image-guided Lumbar Decompression (PILD) for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) ((Effective: December 7, 2016) (Implementation date: June 27, 2017) CMS has expanded the PILD for LSS National Coverage Determination (NCD) to now cover beneficiaries that are enrolled in a CMS-approved prospective longitudinal study. Previously, PILD for LSS was covered for beneficiaries enrolled only in a CMS-approved prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial (RCT) under the Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) paradigm. Now, the NCD will cover PILD for LSS under both RCT and longitudinal studies. LSS is a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back. PILD is a posterior decompression of the lumbar spine performed under indirect image guidance without any direct visualization of the surgical area. The procedure removes a portion of the lamina in order to debulk the ligamentum flavum, essentially widening the spinal canal in the affected area. What is covered? Effective for claims with dates of service on or after 12/07/16, Medicare will cover PILD under CED for beneficiaries with LSS when provided in an approved clinical study. Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries with LSS who are participating in an approved clinical study. Click here for more information on PILD for LSS Screenings. 3. Leadless Pacemakers (Effective: January 18, 2017) (Implementation date: August 29, 2017 – for MAC local edits; January 2, 2018 – for MCS shared edits) CMS has issued a National Coverage Determination (NCD) which expands coverage to include leadless pacemakers when procedures are performed in CMS-approved Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) studies. Leadless pacemakers are delivered via catheter to the heart, and function similarly to other transvenous single-chamber ventricular pacemakers. The leadless pacemaker eliminates the need for a device pocket and insertion of a pacing lead which are integral elements of traditional pacing systems. The removal of these elements eliminates an important source of complications associated with traditional pacing systems while providing similar benefits. Leadless pacemakers are delivered via catheter to the heart, and function similarly to other transvenous single-chamber ventricular pacemakers. Prior to January 18, 2017, there was no national coverage determination (NCD) in effect. What is covered? Effective for claims with dates of service on or after 01/18/17, Medicare will cover leadless pacemakers under CED when procedures are performed in CMS-approved studies. Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries in need of a pacemaker who are participating in an approved clinical study. Click here for more information on Leadless Pacemakers. 4. Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy (Section C, Topical Application of Oxygen) (Effective: April 3, 2017) (Implementation date: December 18, 2017) CMS has revised Chapter 1, Section 20.29, Subsection C Topical Application of Oxygen to remove the exclusion of this treatment. It has been updated that coverage determinations for providing Topical Application of Oxygen for the treatment of chronic wounds can be made by the local Contractors. What is covered? Topical Application of Oxygen for Chronic Wound Care. Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries may be covered with an affirmative Coverage Determination. Click here for more information on Topical Applications of Oxygen. 5. Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) (Effective: May 25, 2017) (Implementation Date: July 2, 2018) CMS has added a new section, Section 20.35, to Chapter 1 entitled Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). It has been concluded that high-quality research illustrates the effectiveness of SET over more invasive treatment options and beneficiaries who are suffering from Intermittent Claudication (a common symptom of PAD) are now entitled to an initial treatment. What is covered? Eligible beneficiaries are entitled to 36 sessions over a 12-week period after meeting with the physician responsible for PAD treatment and receiving a referral. The SET program must: Consist of 30-60 minute sessions comprising of therapeutic exercise-training program for PAD; Be conducted in a hospital outpatient setting or physician’s office; Be delivered by qualified auxiliary personnel necessary to ensure benefits exceed harms, and who are trained in exercise therapy for PAD; and, Be under the direct supervision of a physician. Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries who are diagnosed with Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease who would benefit from this therapy. Click here for more information on Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). 6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Effective: April 10, 2017) (Implementation Date: December 10, 2018) CMS has added a new section, Section 220.2, to Chapter 1, Part 4 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual entitled Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). According to the FDA labeling in an MRI environment, MRI coverage will be provided for beneficiaries under certain conditions. What is covered? Effective on or after April 10, 2018, MRI coverage will be provided when used in accordance to the FDA labeling in an MRI environment. In the instance where there is not FDA labeling specific to use in an MRI environment, coverage is only provided under specific conditions including the following: MRI field strength of 1.5 Tesla using Normal Operating Mode The Implanted pacemaker (PM), implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P), and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) system has no fractured, epicardial, or abandoned leads The facility has implemented a specific checklist Who is covered? Medicare beneficiaries with an Implanted pacemaker (PM), implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P), and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D). Click here for more information on MRI Coverage. 7. Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs) (Effective: February 15, 2018) (Implementation Date: March 26, 2019) CMS has updated Chapter 1, Part 1, Section 20.4 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual providing additional coverage criteria for Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD) for Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias (VTs). What is covered? An ICD is an electronic device to diagnose and treat life threating Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias (VTs) that has demonstrated improvement in survival rates and reduced cardiac death for certain patients. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover claims for effective dates of service on or after February 15, 2018. Who is covered: Beneficiaries who meet the coverage criteria, if determined eligible. ICDs will be covered for the following patient indications: Personal history of sustained VT or cardiac arrest due to Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) Prior Myocardial Infarction (MI) and measured Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) less than or equal to .03 Severe, ischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy without history of sustained VT or cardiac arrest due to VF, and have New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II or III heart failure with a LVEF less than or equal to 35% Severe, non-ischemic, dilated cardiomyopathy without history of cardiac arrest or sustained VT, NYHA Class II or II heart failure, LVEF less than or equal for 35%, and utilization of optimal medical therapy for at a minimum of three (3) months Documented, familial or genetic disorders with a high risk of life-threating tachyarrhythmias, but not limited to long QT syndrome or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Existing ICD requiring replacement due to battery life, Elective Replacement Indicator (ERI), or malfunction Please refer to section 20.4 of the NCD Manual for additional coverage criteria. Click here for more information on ICD Coverage. 8. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for Medicare Beneficiaries with Germline (Inherited) Cancer (Effective: January 27, 20) (Implementation Date: November 13, 2020) CMS has updated Chapter 1, Part 2, Section 90.2 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual to include NGS testing for Germline (inherited) cancer when specific requirements are met and updated criteria for coverage of Somatic (acquired) cancer. What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after January 27, 2020, CMS has determined that NGS, as a diagnostic laboratory test, is reasonable and necessary and covered nationally for patients with germline (inherited) cancer when performed in a CLIA-certified laboratory, when ordered by a treating physician and when specific requirements are met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries with Somatic (acquired) cancer or Germline (inherited) cancer when performed in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratory, when ordered by a treating physician, and when all the following requirements are met: For Somatic (acquired) cancer: Beneficiary has: either recurrent, relapsed, refractory, metastatic, or advanced stage III or IV cancer and; has not been previously tested with the same test using NGS for the same cancer genetic content and; has decided to seek further cancer treatment (e.g., therapeutic chemotherapy). The diagnostic laboratory test using NGS must have: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval or clearance as a companion in vitro diagnostic and; FDA-approved or cleared indication for use in that patient’s cancer and; results provided to the treating physician for management of the patient using a report template to specify treatment options. For Germline (inherited) Cancer Beneficiary has: -ovarian or breast cancer and; a clinical indication for germline (inherited) testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer and; a risk factor for germline (inherited) breast or ovarian cancer and; -not been previously tested with the same germline test using NGS for the same germline genetic content. The diagnostic laboratory test using NGS must have: FDA-approval or clearance; and, results provided to the treating physician for management of the patient using a report template to specify treatment options. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) may determine coverage of NGS as a diagnostic test when additional specific criteria are met. Click here for information on Next Generation Sequencing coverage. 9. Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) (Effective: February 19, 2019) (Implementation Date: February 19, 2019) CMS has updated Chapter 1, Part 1, Section 20.7 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual providing additional information regarding PTA. What is covered: Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) is covered in the below instances in order to improve blood flow through the diseased segment of a vessel in order to dilate lesions of peripheral, renal and coronary arteries. Who is covered: The PTA is covered under the following conditions: 1. Treatment of Atherosclerotic Obstructive Lesions 2. Concurrent with Carotid Stent Placement in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Approved Category B Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Clinical Trials 3. Concurrent with Carotid Stent Placement in FDA-Approved Post-Approvals Studies 4. Concurrent with Carotid Stent Placement in Patients at High Risk for Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) 5. Concurrent with Intracranial Stent Placement in FDA-Approved Category B IDE Clinical Trials Click here for more detailed information on PTA coverage. 10. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) (Effective: June 21, 2019) (Implementation Date: June 12, 2020) CMS has updated Chapter 1, section 20.32 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) under Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) when specific requirements are met. What is covered: Effective June 21, 2019, CMS will cover TAVR under CED when the procedure is related to the treatment of symptomatic aortic stenosis and according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved indication for use with an approved device, or in clinical studies when criteria are met, in addition to the coverage criteria outlined in the NCD Manual. Who is covered: This service will be covered when the TAVR is used for the treatment of symptomatic aortic valve stenosis according to the FDA-approved indications and the following conditions are met: The procedure and implantation system received FDA premarket approval (PMA) for that system's FDA approved indication The patient is under the care of a heart team, which consists of a cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist, and various Providers, nurses, and research personnel The heart team's interventional cardiologist(s) and cardiac surgeon(s) must jointly participate in the related aspects of TAVR The hospital where the TAVR is complete must have various qualifications and implemented programs The registry shall collect necessary data and have a written analysis plan to address various questions. This service will be covered when the TAVR is not expressly listed as an FDA-approved indication, but when performed within a clinical study and the following conditions are met: The heart team's interventional cardiologist(s) and cardiac surgeon(s) must jointly participate in the related aspects of TAVR The clinical research study must critically evaluate each patient's quality of life pre- and post-TAVR for a minimum of 1 year, but must also address other various questions The clinical study must adhere to all the standards of scientific integrity and relevance to the Medicare population. Click here for more information on NGS coverage. 11. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) (Effective: July 2, 2019) (Implementation Date: June 16, 2020) CMS has updated Chapter 1, section 20.19 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) when specific requirements are met. What is covered: Effective July 2, 2019, CMS will cover Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) when beneficiaries are suspected of having white coat hypertension or masked hypertension in addition to the coverage criteria outlined in the NCD Manual. Who is covered: This service will be covered when the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is used for the diagnosis of hypertension when either there is suspected white coat or masked hypertension and the following conditions are met: The ABPM device must be: Capable of producing standardized plots of BP measurements for 24 hours with daytime and nighttime windows and normal BP bands demarcated; Provided to patients with oral and written instructions, and a test run in the physician’s office must be performed; and, Interpreted by the treating physician or treating non-physician practitioner. Coverage of other indications for ABPM is at the discretion of the Medicare Administrative Contractors. Click here for more information on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring coverage. 12. Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain (cLBP) (Effective: January 21, 2020) (Implementation Date: October 5, 2020) CMS has updated Chapter 1, section 30.3.3 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain (cLBP) when specific requirements are met. What is covered: Effective January 21, 2020, CMS will cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain (cLBP) for up to 12 visits in 90 days and an additional 8 sessions for those beneficiaries that demonstrate improvement, in addition to the coverage criteria outlined in the NCD Manual. Who is covered: This service will be covered only for beneficiaries diagnosed with chronic Lower Back Pain (cLBP) when the following conditions are met: For the purpose of this decision, cLBP is defined as: Lasting 12 weeks or longer; nonspecific, in that it has no identifiable systemic cause (i.e., not associated with metastatic, inflammatory, infectious, etc. disease); not associated with surgery; and, not associated with pregnancy. An additional 8 sessions will be covered for those patients demonstrating an improvement. No more than 20 acupuncture treatments may be administered annually. Treatments must be discontinued if the patient is not improving or is regressing. All types of acupuncture including dry needling for any condition other than cLBP are non-covered by Medicare. Click here for more information on acupuncture for chronic low back pain coverage. 13. Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) (Effective: February 15. 2020) (Implementation Date: July 22, 2020) CMS has updated Chapter 1, section 160.18 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for treatment-resistant depression when specific requirements are met. What is covered: Effective February 15, 2020, CMS will cover FDA approved Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) devices for treatment-resistant depression through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) in a CMS approved clinical trial in addition to the coverage criteria outlined in the National Coverage Determination Manual. Who is covered: Beneficiaries participating in a CMS approved clinical study undergoing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for treatment resistant depression and the following requirements are met: Treatment is furnished as part of a CMS approved trial through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED).Detailed clinical trial criteria can be found in section 160.18 of the National Coverage Determination Manual. The clinical study must address whether VNS treatment improves health outcomes for treatment resistant depression compared to a control group, by answering all research questions listed in 160.18 of the National Coverage Determination Manual. Patient Criteria: The following criteria must be used to identify a beneficiary demonstrating treatment resistant depression: Beneficiary must be in a major depressive disorder episode for at least two years or have had at least four episodes, including the current episode. Patient’s depressive illness meets a minimum criterion of four prior failed treatments of adequate dose and duration as measured by a tool designed for this purpose. The patient is experiencing a major depressive episode, as measured by a guideline recommended depression scale assessment tool on two visits, within a 45-day span prior to implantation of the VNS device. Patients must maintain a stable medication regimen for at least four weeks before device implantation. If patients with bipolar disorder are included, the condition must be carefully characterized. Patients must not have: Current or lifetime history of psychotic features in any MDE; Current or lifetime history of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder; Current or lifetime history of any other psychotic disorder; Current or lifetime history of rapid cycling bipolar disorder; Current secondary diagnosis of delirium, dementia, amnesia, or other cognitive disorder; Current suicidal intent; or, Treatment with another investigational device or investigational drugs. CMS reviews studies to determine if they meet the criteria listed in Section 160.18 of the National Coverage Determination Manual. Nationally Non-Covered Indications VNS is non-covered for the treatment of TRD when furnished outside of a CMS-approved CED study. All other indications of VNS for the treatment of depression are nationally non-covered. Patients implanted with a VNS device for TRD may receive a VNS device replacement if it is required due to the end of battery life, or any other device-related malfunction. Click here for more information on Vagus Nerve Stimulation. 14. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy (Effective: August 7, 2019) (Implementation Date: September 20, 2021) CMS has updated Section 110.24 of the Medicare National Coverage Determinations Manual to include coverage of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy when specific requirements are met. What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after August 7, 2019, CMS covers autologous treatment for cancer with T-cell expressing at least one chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) when administered at healthcare facilities enrolled in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) and when specific requirements are met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries receiving autologous treatment for cancer with T-cell expressing at least one least one chimeric antigen receptor CAR, when all the following requirements are met: Autologous treatment is for cancer with T-cells expressing at least one chimeric antigen receptor (CAR); and Treatment is administered at a healthcare facility enrolled in the FDA’s REMS; and The therapy is used for a medically accepted indication, which is defined as used for either and FDA approved indication according to the label of that product, or the use is supported in one or more CMS approved compendia. Non-Covered Use: The use of non-FDA-approved autologous T-cell expressing at least one CAR is non-covered or when the coverage requirements are not met. Click here for more information on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy coverage. 15. Screening for Colorectal Cancer (CRC)-Blood-Based Biomarker Tests (Effective: January 19, 2021) (Implementation Date: October 4, 2021) What is covered: Effective January 19, 2021, CMS has determined that blood-based biomarker tests are an appropriate colorectal cancer screening test, once every 3 years for Medicare beneficiaries when certain requirements are met. Who is covered: Medicare beneficiaries will have their blood-based colorectal cancer screening test covered once every 3 years when ordered by a treating physician and the following conditions are met: The procedure is performed in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA)-certified laboratory The Patient is: age 50-85 years, and, asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of colorectal disease including but not limited to lower gastrointestinal pain, blood in stool, positive guaiac fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test), and, average risk of developing colorectal cancer (no personal history of adenomatous polyps, colorectal cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis; no family history of colorectal cancers or adenomatous polyps, familial adenomatous polyposis, or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer) The screen test must have all the following: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) market authorization with an indication for colorectal cancer screening; and Proven test performance characteristics for a blood-based screening test with both sensitivity greater than or equal to 74% and specificity greater than or equal to 90% in the detection of colorectal cancer compared to the recognized standard (accepted as colonoscopy at this time), based on the pivotal studies included in the FDA labeling. What is not covered: All other indications for colorectal cancer screening not otherwise specific in the regulations or the National Coverage Determination above. This includes: All screenings DNA tests, effective April 28, 2008, through October 8, 2014. Effective for dates of service on or after October 9, 2014, all other screening sDNA tests not otherwise specified above remain nationally non-covered. Screening computed tomographic colonography (CTC), effective May 12, 2009. Click here for more information on NGS coverage. 16. Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) (Effective: December 1, 2020) (Implementation Date: July 27, 2021) What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after December 1, 2020, CMS has updated section 20.9.1 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to cover ventricular assist devices (VADs) when received at facilities credentialed by a CMS approved organization and when specific requirements are met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries receiving treatment for implanting a ventricular assist device (VAD), when the following requirements are met and: The device is used following post-cardiotomy (period following open heart surgery) to support blood circulation. The device must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose; OR They receive a left ventricular device (LVADs) if the device is FDA approved for short- or long-term use for mechanical circulatory support for beneficiaries with heart failure who meet the following requirements: Have New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class IV heart failure; and Have a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 25%; and Are inotrope dependent OR have a Cardiac Index (CI) < 2.2 L/min/m2, while not on inotropes, and meet one of the following: Are on optimal medical management, based on current heart failure practice guidelines for at least 45 out of the last 60 days and are failing to respond; or Have advanced heart failure for at least 14 days and are dependent on an intra‐aortic balloon pump (IABP) or similar temporary mechanical circulatory support for at least 7 days. Beneficiaries must be managed by a team of medical professionals meeting the minimum requirements in the National Coverage Determination Manual. Facilities must be credentialed by a CMS approved organization. Non-Covered Use: All other indications for the use of VADs not otherwise listed remain non-covered, except in the context of Category B investigational device exemption clinical trials (42 CFR 405) or as a routine cost in clinical trials defined under section 310.1 of the National Coverage Determinations (NCD) Manual. Click here for more information on Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) coverage. 17. Blood-Derived Products for Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds (Effective: April 13, 2021) (Implementation Date: February 14, 2022) What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after April 13, 2021, CMS has updated section 270.3 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to cover Autologous (obtained from the same person) Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) when specific requirements are met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries receiving treatment for chronic non-healing diabetic wounds for a duration of 20 weeks, when prepared by a device cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of exuding (bleeding, oozing, seeping, etc.) wounds affecting the skin. Non-Covered Use: The following uses are considered non-covered: Use of autologous Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF) for treatment of chronic, non-healing, cutaneous (affecting the skin) wounds, and, Becaplermin, a non-autologous growth factor for chronic, non-healing, subcutaneous (beneath the skin) wounds, and, Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment of acute surgical wounds when applied directly to the close incision, or for splitting or open wounds. Other: Coverage for the treatment beyond 20 weeks, or for all other chronic non-healing wounds will be determined by the local Medicare Administrative Contractors ( Click here for more information on Blood-Derived Products for Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds coverage. 18. Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair [TEER] for Mitral Valve Regurgitation (Effective: January 19, 2021) (Implementation Date: October 8, 2021) What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after January 19, 2021, CMS has updated section 20.33 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to cover Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER) for Mitral Valve Regurgitation when specific requirements are met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries receiving treatment for Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair (TEER) when either of the following are met: For the treatment of symptomatic moderate to severe mitral regurgitation (MR) when the patient still has symptoms, despite stable doses of maximally tolerated guideline directed medical therapy (GDMT) and cardiac resynchronization therapy, when appropriate and the following are met: Treatment is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved indication, The procedure is used with a mitral valve TEER system that has received premarket approval from the FDA. The beneficiary is under pre- or post-operative care of a heart team meeting the following: Cardiac Surgeon meeting the requirements listed in the determination. Interventional Cardiologist meeting the requirements listed in the determination. Interventional echocardiographer meeting the requirements listed in the determination. Heart failure cardiologist with experience treating patients with advanced heart failure. Providers from other groups including patient practitioners, nurses, research personnel, and administrators. Patient must be evaluated for suitability for repair and must documented and made available to the Heart team members meeting the requirements of this determination. The procedure must be performed by an interventional cardiologist or cardiac surgeon.< An interventional echocardiographer must perform transesophageal echocardiography during the procedure. All physicians participating in the procedure must have device-specific training by the manufacturer of the device. The procedure must be performed in a hospital with infrastructure and experience meeting the requirements in this determination. The Heart team must participate in the national registry and track outcomes according to the requirements in this determination.> Mitral valve TEERs are covered for other uses not listed as an FDA-approved indication when performed in a clinical study and the following requirements are met: The procedure must be performed by an interventional cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. An interventional echocardiographer must perform transesophageal echocardiography during the procedure.> All physicians participating in the procedure must have device-specific training by the manufacturer of the device. The clinical research must evaluate the required twelve questions in this determination. The clinical research must evaluate the patient’s quality of life pre and post for a minimum of one year and answer at least one of the questions in this determination section. The clinical research study must meet the standards of scientific integrity and relevance to the Medicare population described in this determination. Submit the required study information to CMS for approval. Non-Covered Use: The following uses are considered non-covered: Treatment for patients with existing co-morbidities that would preclude the benefit from the procedure. Treatment for patients with untreated severe aortic stenosis. Other: This determination will expire ten years after the effective date if a reconsideration is not made during this time. Upon expiration, coverage will be determined by the local Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). Click here for more information on Transcatheter Edge-to-Edge Repair [TEER] for Mitral Valve Regurgitation coverage . 19. Positron Emission Tomography NaF-18 (NaF-18 PET) to Identify Bone Metastasis of Cancer- Manual Update Only (Effective: December 15, 2017) (Implementation Date: January 17, 2022) Effective for dates of service on or after December 15, 2017, CMS has updated section 220.6.19 of the National Coverage Determination Manual clarifying there are no nationally covered indications for Positron Emission Tomography NaF-18 (NaF-18 PET). Non-Covered Use: Positron Emission Tomography NaF-18 (NaF-18 PET) services to identify bone metastases of cancer provided on or after December 15, 2017, are nationally non-covered. Other Use of other PET radiopharmaceutical tracers for cancer may be covered at the discretion of local Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), when used in accordance to their Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval indications. Click here for more information on Positron Emission Tomography NaF-18 (NaF-18 PET) to Identify Bone Metastasis of Cancer coverage. Information on the page is current as of December 28, 2021 H5355_CMC_22_2746205 Accepted 20. Home Use of Oxygen (Effective: September 27, 2021) (Implementation Date: January 3, 2023) What is covered: Effective September 27, 2021, CMS has updated section 240.2 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to cover oxygen therapy and oxygen equipment for in home use of both acute and chronic conditions, short- or long- term, when a patient exhibits hypoxemia. CMS has updated section 240.2 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to amend the period of initial coverage for patients in section D of NCD 240.2 from 120 days to 90 days, to align with the 90-day statutory time period Who is covered: Beneficiaries who exhibit hypoxemia (low oxygen in your blood) when ALL (A, B, and C) of the following are met: A. Hypoxemia is based on results of a clinical test ordered and evaluated by a patient’s treating practitioner meeting either of the following: a. A clinical test providing a measurement of the partial pressure of oxygen (PO2) in arterial blood. i. PO2 measurements can be obtained via the ear or by pulse oximetry. ii. PO2 may be performed by the treating practitioner or by a qualified provider or supplier of laboratory services. b. A clinical test providing the measurement of arterial blood gas. i. If PO2 and arterial blood gas results are conflicting, the arterial blood gas results are preferred source to determine medical need. B. The clinical test must be performed at the time of need: a. The time of need is indicated when the presumption of oxygen therapy within the home setting will improve the patient’s condition. i. For inpatient hospital patient’s, the time of need is within 2 days of discharge. ii. For patient’s whose initial prescription for oxygen did not originate during an inpatient hospital stay, the time of need occurs when the treating practitioner identifies signs and symptoms of hypoxemia that can be relieved with at home oxygen therapy. C. Beneficiary’s diagnosis meets one of the following defined groups below: a. Group I: i. Arterial PO2 at or below 55 mm Hg or arterial oxygen saturation at or below 88% when tested at rest in breathing room air, or; ii. Arterial PO2 at or below 55 mm Hg, or arterial oxygen saturation at or below 88% when tested during sleep for patients that demonstrate an arterial PO2 at or above 56 mmHg, or iii. Arterial oxygen saturation at or above 89% when awake;or greater than normal decrease in oxygen level while sleeping represented by a decrease in arterial PO2 more than 10 mmHg or a decrease in arterial oxygen saturation more than 5%. a. Patient must also present hypoxemia signs and symptoms such as nocturnal restlessness, insomnia, or impairment of cognitive process. 2. During these events, oxygen during sleep is the only type of unit that will be covered. 3. Portable oxygen would not be covered. iv. Arterial PO2 at or below 55 mm Hg or an arterial oxygen saturation at or below 88%, tested during functional performance of the patient or a formal exercise, 1. For a patient demonstrating arterial PO2 at or above 56 mm Hg, or an arterial oxygen saturation at or above 89%, at rest and during the day. 2. During these events, supplemental oxygen is provided during exercise, if the use of oxygen improves the hypoxemia that was demonstrated during exercise when the patient was breathing room air. b. Group II: i. Patients demonstrating arterial PO2 between 56-59 mm Hg, or who’s arterial blood oxygen saturation is 89%, with any of the following condition: 1. Dependent edema (gravity related swelling due to excess fluid) suggesting congestive heart failure; or, 2. Pulmonary hypertension or cor pulmonale (high blood pressure in pulmonary arteries), determined by the measurement of pulmonary artery pressure, gated blood pool scan, echocardiogram, or "P" pulmonale on EKG (P wave greater than 3 mm in standard leads II, III, or AVFL; or, 3. Erythrocythemia (increased red blood cells) with a hematocrit greater than 56%. c. The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will review the arterial PO2 levels above and also take into consideration various oxygen measurements that can results from factors such as patient’s age, patients skin pigmentation, altitude level and the patients decreased oxygen carrying capacity. Non-Covered Use: The following medical conditions are not covered for oxygen therapy and oxygen equipment in the home setting: Angina pectoris (chest pain) in the absence of hypoxemia; or, Breathlessness without cor pulmonale or evidence of hypoxemia; or, Severe peripheral vascular disease resulting in clinically evident desaturation in one or more extremities; or, Terminal illnesses, unless it affects the patient’s ability to breathe. Other: The MAC may determine necessary coverage for in home oxygen therapy for patient’s that do not meet the criteria described above. Initial coverage for patient’s experiencing conditions not described above can be limited to a prescription shorter than 90 days, or less than the numbers of days indicated on the practitioner’s prescription. Oxygen therapy can be renewed by the MAC if deemed medically necessary. The MAC may also approve the use of portable oxygen systems to beneficiaries who are mobile in home and benefit from of this unit alone, or in conjunction to a stationary oxygen system. For more information on Home Use of Oxygen coverage click here. 21. 180.1 - Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) (Effective: January 1, 2022) (Implementation Date: July 5, 2022) What is covered: Effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2022, CMS has updated section 180.1 of the National Coverage Determination Manual to cover three hours of administration during one year of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in patients with a diagnosis of renal disease or diabetes, as defined in 42 CFR 410.130. Coverage for future years is two hours for patients diagnosed with renal disease or diabetes. Medicare will cover both MNT and Diabetes Outpatient Self-Management Training (DSMT) during initial and subsequent years, if the physician determines treatment is medically necessary and as long as DSMT and MNT are not provided on the same date. Dieticians and Nutritionist will determine how many units will be administered per day and must meet the requirements of this NCD as well at 42 CFR 410.130 – 410.134. Additional hours of treatment are considered medically necessary if a physician determines there has been a shift in the patients’ medical condition, diagnosis or treatment regimen that requires an adjustment in MNT order or additional hours of care. Who is covered: Beneficiaries with either a renal disease or diabetes diagnosis as defined in 42 CFR 410.130. For more information on Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) coverage click here. 22. Reconsideration – Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) (Effective: February 10, 2022) (Implementation Date: October 3, 2022) What is covered: Effective for claims with dates of service on or after February 10, 2022, CMS will cover, under Medicare Part B, a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision-making visit. An annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT will be available if specific eligibility criteria are met. Prior to the beneficiary’s first lung cancer LDCT screening, the beneficiary must receive a counseling and shared decision-making visit that meets specific criteria. Who is covered: Members must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: 50– 77 years old; Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer); Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack =20 cigarettes); Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years; Receive an order for lung cancer screening with LDCT. Click here for more information on LDCT coverage. 23. (Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)) (Effective: April 7, 2022) (Implementation Date: December 12, 2022) What is covered: Effective on April 7, 2022, CMS has updated section 200.3 of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) Manual to cover Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) when the coverage criteria below is met. Who is covered: Beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) may be covered for treatment when the following conditions (A or B) are met: The treatment is based upon efficacy from a change in surrogate endpoint such as amyloid reduction. The treatment is considered reasonably likely to predict a clinical benefit and is administrated in a randomized controlled trial under an investigational new drug application. The treatment is based upon efficacy from a direct measure of clinical benefit in CMS-approved prospective comparative studies. Study data for CMS-approved prospective comparative studies may be collected in a registry. For CMS-approved studies, the protocol, including the analysis plan, must meet requirements listed in this NCD. CMS-approved studies of a monoclonal antibody directed against amyloid approved by the FDA for the treatment of AD based upon evidence of efficacy from a direct measure of clinical benefit must address all of the questions included in section B.4 of this National Coverage Determination. CMS approved studies must also adhere to the standards of scientific integrity that have been identified in section 5 of this NCD by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Click here for more information on study design and rationale requirements. Non-Covered Use: Monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of AD provided outside of an FDA-approved randomized controlled trial, CMS-approved studies, or studies supported by the NIH. Other: N/A. Click here for more information on Monoclonal Antibodies Directed Against Amyloid for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). 24. Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests (Effective: January 1, 2023) (Implementation Date: February 27, 2023) What is covered: Effective on January 1, 2023, CMS has updated section 210.3 of the NCD Manual that provides coverage for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening tests under Medicare Part B. Who is covered: Beneficiaries that are at least 45 years of age or older can be screened for the following tests when all Medicare criteria found in this national coverage determination is met: Fecal Occult Blood Tests (gFOBT) once every 12 months The Cologuard™ – Multi-target Stool DNA (sDNA) Test once every 3 years Blood-based Biomarker Tests once every 3 years Non-Covered Use: All other indications for colorectal cancer screening not otherwise specified in the Social Security Act, regulations, or the above remain nationally non-covered. Noncoverage specifically includes the following: All screenings DNA tests, effective April 28, 2008, through October 8, 2014. Effective for dates of service on or after October 9, 2014, all other screening sDNA tests not otherwise specified above remain nationally non-covered. Screening computed tomographic colonography (CTC), effective May 12, 2009. Click here for more information on Ambulatory Electroencephalographic Monitoring and Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests. 25. Cochlear Implantation (Effective: September 26, 2022) (Implementation Date: March 24, 2023) What is covered: Effective on September 26, 2022, CMS has updated section 50.3 of the National Coverage Determination (NCD) Manual that expands coverage on cochlear implants for the treatment of bilateral pre- or post- linguistic, sensorineural, moderate-to-profound hearing loss when the individual demonstrates limited benefit from amplification under Medicare Part B. Who is covered: Beneficiaries that demonstrate limited benefit from amplification. Limited benefit from amplification is defined by test scores of less than or equal to 60% correct in the best-aided listening condition on recorded tests of open-set sentence recognition. The following criteria must also be met as described in the NCD: Diagnosis of bilateral moderate-to-profound sensorineural hearing impairment with limited benefit Cognitive ability to use hearing clues and a willingness to undergo an extended program of rehabilitation Freedom from middle ear infection, an accessible cochlear lumen that is structurally suited to implantation, and freedom from lesions in the hearing nerve and acoustic areas of the central nervous system No indicated risks to surgery that are determined harmful or inadvisable The device must be used in accordance with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labeling Non-Covered Use: Beneficiaries not meeting all the criteria for cochlear implants are deemed not eligible for Medicare coverage except for FDA-approved clinical trials as described in the NCD. Click here for more information on Cochlear Implantation. Information on the page is current as of March 2, 2023 H8894_DSNP_23_3879734_M Accepted
Managing Your Illness - Prediabetes
ne year Ages: 18 years and over This online year-long lifestyle change program helps you make real changes that last. During the first 6 months, you will meet weekly with a small online group to learn how to make healthy choices into your life. In the second 6 months, you will meet monthly to practice what you have learned. No person is alike, so the program will be tailored to meet your needs and honor your customs and values. You will also be paired with a health coach for one year to help you set your goals, such as how to: Eat healthier Add physical activity into your daily life Reduce stress Improve problem-solving and coping skills Studies have shown that those who finish the program can lose weight and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Small changes can have big results! Let's start living the best version of you and living the life you love. Find out if you qualify! Click here to visit the Skinny Gene Project online, or Text “DPP” to 313131, or Call Skinny Gene Project at (909) 922- 0022, Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm., or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Click on the video below to learn more about this program.
COVID-19 - Testing Locations
provider, and receive treatment for COVID-19 – all in one place at a Test to Treat site. If you have a medical condition which makes you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive treatments. Adults and Children over the age of 12 can receive treatments, but treatment must be started as soon as possible and within 5 days of symptom onset. Click here for more information on the COVID-19 Test to Treat Program. Walgreens Test to Treat Program Select Walgreens pharmacies are now dispensing oral antivirals for the treatment of COVID-19. Eligible members must have a valid prescription from their healthcare provider. Walgreens offers a variety of delivery options, like same day or free 2-day delivery. Most prescriptions are eligible for Same Day Delivery. Click here for more information. FREE at-home COVID-19 tests Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order one free COVID-19 test kit, which includes four at-home tests. The tests are completely free. Click here to order your free at-home tests from USPS. Effective 2/1/22, Medi-Cal Members can receive at-home COVID-19 tests from a Medi-Cal enrolled pharmacy. California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will cover up to 8 test kits per month per member. For information on which test kits are covered or if you need assistance with a prescription, please ask your Doctor or your Pharmacist. Medi-Cal Members will be reimbursed for at-home test kits purchased between March 11, 2021, and January 31, 2022, by DHCS the cost (with a receipt) using the process outlined here. San Bernardino County-facilitated testing sites will offer free at-home COVID-19 tests kits to people who live, work, or attend school in San Bernardino County (proof of residency or employment required). Click here to find a list of county-facilitated testing sites. Testing IEHP covers provider-ordered tests, regardless of whether it’s PCR, rapid, at-home, etc. If your doctor orders the test for you, IEHP will cover the cost of the test. Your provider is required to bill IEHP directly for these tests. IEHP does NOT reimburse Members who choose to pay for COVID tests that are not ordered by a provider. For information on COVID-19 testing sites in Riverside County, please visit the Riverside County Public Health website. For information on COVID-19 testing sites in San Bernardino County, please visit the San Bernardino County COVID Testing Sites.
Well-care Visit - Well-care Visit
our child stay healthy. During the well-care visit, the Doctor will complete a physical exam, and make sure you or your child are up to date on all shots. Please call your Doctor today and set up a well-care visit to get needed shots, screenings or exams. What do you need to do? Get a well-care visit with your or your child’s Doctor by 12/15/23.* The Doctor will send proof of the visit to IEHP. Once IEHP receives proof of the visit, a reward certificate will be mailed.** Choose your gift card from the list of major companies online, over the phone or by mail, and your $25 gift card will be mailed to you.*** Questions? 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. *Member must be eligible with IEHP on the day of the exam and at the time of gift card distribution. **Reward certificate may be mailed up to two weeks after IEHP receives proof of your exam. ***After choosing your gift card, please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Note: Gift card cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or firearms.
Diabetic eye exam
s with your retinas over time. Your retinas are parts of your eyes that help you see. Over a long period of time, blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in your retinas, leading to retinopathy. This can cause symptoms like swelling, blurred vision or vision loss. Even if you have no symptoms, it’s still a good idea to get a full eye exam to screen for that is not normal. What do you need to do? If you don’t have an IEHP Eye Doctor yet, visit our Provider Search Tool (select Vision Services) to find one near you. Make an appointment with your IEHP Eye Doctor and get a dilated or retinal eye exam by 12/15/2023. The IEHP Eye Doctor will send proof of your exam to IEHP.* Once IEHP gets proof of your exam, we will mail you a reward certificate.** Choose your gift card from the list of major companies online, over the phone or by mail, and your $25 gift card will be mailed to you.** Questions? 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. *You must be eligible with IEHP on the day of your exam or service and at the time the gift card is sent. **Reward may be mailed up to two weeks after IEHP receives proof of your exam. ***After choosing your gift card, please allow two to three weeks for delivery. Note: Gift card cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco or firearms.
How to Get Care - Medicine Safety
Answers What can happen if I take a few medicines at the same time? When you take two or more medicines, they will likely mix well. On certain occasions, you might have what’s called a “drug-to-drug interaction.” This means that some medicines you take together may cause an adverse reaction in your body. For example, a “drug-to-drug” interaction could: make your medicines not work as well (weaken them) make one or more of the medicines too strong and cause unwanted side effects, which could be deadly TIP: Talk to your Pharmacist about all medicines you take and ask if they mix well together. What are some reasons that I might have a harmful effect from taking one or more medicines at the same time? These reasons might include: dose may be too high interaction with other drugs Note: Everyone can react differently – based on age, weight, gender, etc. TIP: To avoid problems when taking two or more medicines together, tell your health care Provider and Pharmacist about all the medicines (and other remedies) you are taking. How do I know if I’m taking the right medicine – at the right dose, at the right time to control my symptoms? Any medicine taken the wrong way might put your health at risk. A drug maker has to show research data to the FDA to get each medicine approved. This research could be about: how the medicine works why it is safe to take (or not) what dose works best with the fewest side effects Could a medicine taken at a high dose be harmful? Yes. That is why your Pharmacist checks your medicines to make sure you are on the right dose. Don’t forget to ask your Doctor or Pharmacist any questions about your medicine. Taking higher than recommended doses of certain over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines – including abuse or misuse of the medicines – can cause serious health problems. It could even lead to death. Also, a dose that is safe for you may not be safe for someone else. Who most often needs to have their medicine dose changed and why? Certain people need to have their dose changed, so that they don’t take too much (called “overdosing”). These include the elderly, children, and women who are pregnant or mothers who are breastfeeding, and people with chronic health conditions. Always ask your Pharmacist if the medicines are safe for you to take at the prescribed doses. Don’t share your medicines with friends or family. What are “duplicate drug therapies”? Why do I need to know about this? You might have different Doctors who have prescribed medicines that work in the same way for you. When medicines have similar active ingredients, they could be: the same medicine with different names (for example, one could have a brand name and the other might have a generic name), or two medicines of similar nature TIP: Be cautious about taking the same medicine twice – as you could have two bottles of the same medicine! TIP: It’s important for you to keep a full list of each medicine, vitamin and herbal remedy you are taking. Please show this list to your Pharmacist or your Doctor. The list helps your health care Provider check for any unwanted effects between drugs and check that the two or more medicines work well for you or not. What happens if my medicine is recalled? A recall may be issued if a medication is: A health hazard: If there is some health risk associated with the medication. Mislabeled or packaged poorly: If there is a problem with the dosing tool provided with the drug. Poorly manufactured: If there are defects related to poor quality, impurities, and incorrectly potency of the drug from the manufacturer. Please click here to view an up-to-date list of drug recall notifications. Why are some medicines “high risk” for the elderly? Some medicines can be too strong for a certain group of people and are considered “high risk” for them. This special group may include older people, pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding, children, and people with other medical conditions affecting their kidney or liver. For example, certain medicines prescribed for memory issues may have a side-effect that causes dizziness in some seniors who are at “high risk” for falling. In that case, an alternative medicine (or no medicine) for this condition would be better. Where can I find details about medicines that might be harmful for older people? If you are over 65 years old, ask your Doctor or Pharmacist if the medicines you are taking may not be right for you. Please see the short list below of the most common medicines prescribed that may be harmful for older people. Older adults (age 65+): Check with your Doctor first before taking these medicines: Medicine or Medicine Class Potential Risks Sliding scale insulin May make your blood sugar level too low – without improving the condition Glyburide May cause a long period of excessively low blood sugar Muscle relaxants May be poorly tolerated Barbiturates May increase risk of dependence and overdose Benzodiazepines (alprazolam, temazepam, lorazepam) May increase risk of falls and fractures To learn more, visit: https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(19)31235-6/fulltext Pharmacy Benefits: Medi-Cal Members IEHP Dual Choice Cal MediConnect Members
Healthy Living - Monkey Pox
amily of viruses that cause smallpox. Is monkeypox very dangerous? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that most of those infected recover from monkeypox in two to four weeks. Those who caught the virus said the rash (that looks like pimples or blisters) can be painful. Those with weakened immune systems, children under age 8, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with a history of eczema may be more likely to get seriously ill or pass away. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms are: Fever and headache Muscle aches and backache Swollen lymph nodes Exhaustion and chills Sore throat, stuffy nose or cough Rash (i.e., pimples or blisters that show up on the face, inside the mouth and on other body parts) If you have monkeypox symptoms, please call your Doctor’s office. How does monkeypox spread? It is spread through direct contact with someone who has an infected rash, scabs or body fluids. It could also spread through face-to-face contact. Or it can be spread by touching items that had been touched by those with the infection. People who don’t have monkeypox symptoms can’t spread this virus to others. How can I protect myself and my family? Take these precautions: Avoid skin-to-skin contact with those who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. This rash can look like small blisters or pimples and may be itchy or painful. Avoid contact with surfaces or materials that a person with monkeypox has used or touched. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Is there a monkey pox vaccine? JYNNEOS is a 2-dose vaccine developed to protect against monkeypox. The second dose should be given 4 weeks after the first dose. Consult with your health care provider if you are at high risk of exposure or if you were in contact with a person who has monkeypox within the last 2 weeks. Antiviral drugs used for treatment of smallpox may be considered some instances to treat monkeypox viral infections. Consult with your health care provider for more information. Who should get this vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it for those who have been in close contact with those with monkeypox. While anyone exposed to this monkeypox can become infected, 98% of current infections have been found in men who have sex with men. Talk with your Doctor if you believe you have been exposed to monkeypox. If you have monkeypox symptoms, please call your Doctor’s office. Click here to learn more. What are the side effects of the vaccine? The most common side effects are pain, redness, and itching at the spot where the vaccine is given. You may also experience fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, chills, and muscle aches; however, these are signs that the vaccine is working, not getting sick. These side effects may last for several weeks. Is the vaccine safe? The vaccine is safe to get. However, you should not get the vaccine if you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after getting your first dose of the JYNNEOS vaccine. Make sure to let your health care provider know if you have a severe allergic reaction from any vaccinations. Do I have to pay for the vaccine? Monkeypox vaccines are FREE. Your health care provider must give you the vaccine regardless of your ability to pay the administration fee.
Plan Updates - Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)
d Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSN) from all Medicare cards to address the risk of Medicare beneficiary medical identity theft. CMS will mail out new Medicare Cards to Medicare Beneficiaries starting April 2018 through April 2019. By clicking on the CMS web links below, you will be leaving the IEHP website. For more information regarding the new Medicare cards, please visit https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home.html. For an overview of the new Medicare cards, please visit https://www.cms.gov/medicare/new-medicare-card/nmc-home. New Medicare card resources: New Medicare Card: Information for Partners & Stakeholders (PPT) You're getting a new Medicare card! (PDF) New Card! New Number! (PDF) "10 Things to Know About Your New Medicare Card" (PDF) Your New Medicare Card: Information for People with Medicare (PPT) For additional resources regarding the new Medicare cards, please visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/New-Medicare-Card/Partners-and-Employers/Partners-and-Employers.html. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Plan Updates - Regulatory Updates
reventable Conditions. Visit Reporting of Provider Preventable Conditions for DHCS instructions for online reporting. By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) In the event any Medicare recipient has been in a status of outpatient observation for greater than 24 hours, Acute Hospitals are required to provide Medicare Members with a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Medicare recipients must receive the MOON within 36 hours of admission to observation level of care. Please refer to the following website for further details on MOON requirements at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/22/2016-18476/medicare-program-hospital-inpatient-prospective-payment-system-for-acute-care-hospitals-etc. By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. Document Catalog: MOON FAQs (PDF) MOON Instruction Summary (PDF) CMS Manual System 10611_Pub 100-04 Medicare Claims Processing MOON Instructions (PDF) MOON Forms MOON English (PDF) MOON Spanish (PDF) MOON Correspondence (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 - DHCS Medi-Cal Rx
e January 1, 2022, the Medi-Cal pharmacy benefits and services are administered by DHCS in the Fee-For-Service (FFS) delivery system, known as "Medi-Cal Rx." Magellan Medicaid Administration, Inc. (MMA) assumes operations for Medi-Cal Rx on behalf of the State of California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). How to Register for the User Administration Console (UAC) (PDF) User Administration Console (UAC) Quick Start Guide (PDF) Medi-Cal Rx 101 Webinar Presentation (PDF) IEHP and DHCS strongly recommends our Providers to visit the new Medi-Cal Rx website (https://medi-calrx.dhcs.ca.gov) to register for the Magellan Medi-Cal Rx portal, review schedule of trainings available on the new Medi-Cal Rx Portal, and review general information about the transition. Communication from DHCS Please refer to the DHCS Medi-Cal Rx: Transition and DHCS Medi-Cal Provider Pharmacy News Bulletins pages for additional information. Communication from IEHP While you can always refer to Pharmacy Communication and Provider Correspondence pages, the below list is provided for your convenience. January 02, 2023 - IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP): PBM Update and Medicare Part B Coinsurance (PDF) December 22, 2022 - Cal MediConnect (CMC) to Medi-Cal Rx/HMO D-SNP Transition (PDF) October 28, 2022 - Cal MediConnect to Medi-Cal RX Transition (D-SNP) (PDF) July 29, 2022 - NEW DATE: Medi-Cal RX Gradual Reinstatement of Prior Auths (PAs) – Phase 1 – September 16, 2022 (PDF) July 13, 2022 - DHCS Medi-Cal Rx Update: Postponement of Implementation of NCPDP Reject Code 80 (PDF) July 11, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Gradual Reinstatement of PAs - Phase 1 (PDF) June 03, 2022 - Medi-Cal RX Transition: Blood Pressure Monitors and Cuffs (PDF) June 03, 2022 - Medi-Cal RX Billing Policy for Physician Administered Drugs (PADs) (PDF) February 17, 2022 - RETRACTION - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM - PCP) (PDF) February 17, 2022 - RETRACTION - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM - IPA) (PDF) February 14, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Transition Survey - Your Response is Important! (PDF) February 11, 2022 - Updated - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Implantable and Injectable Contraceptives FAQs (PDF) February 09, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Hyaluronic Acid Knee Injections (PDF) February 07, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx UPDATE: Revised Prior Auth Policy for Prescribers and Emergency Fill Quantity Limit (PDF) February 07, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - How To Assist IEHP Members (PDF) January 18, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Implantable and Injectable Contraceptives (PDF) January 18, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx (Magellan) Customer Service (PDF) January 18, 2022 - Medi-Cal Rx Transition - Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) (PDF) January 04, 2022 - CORRECTION! Medi-Cal Rx: Mail Order for Blood Pressure Monitors and Nebulizers (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.
Special Programs - Major Organ Transplant (MOT)
nd Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is now responsible for coverage of the Major Organ Transplant (MOT) benefit for adult and pediatric transplant recipients and donors, including related services such as organ procurement and living donor care. What Transplant Services are Available for Members? Autologous Islet Cell Bone Marrow Cornea Heart Heart-Lung Liver Liver-Heart Liver-Intestinal Liver -Lung Lung Kidney Kidney-Liver Kidney - Pancreas Pancreas (after Kidney) Centers of Excellence (COE) For transplant care, IEHP has partnered with various, local, Centers of Excellence (COE). A COE is a recognized program within an existing healthcare center that provides a concentration of specialized care, delivered in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner. Their focused care in distinct areas provides exceptional, integrated care that can lead to better Member outcomes. Bone Marrow - CHLA, City of Hope, LLUMC, UCSD, USC (Norris) Heart - USC (Keck), LLUMC, Rady's Children, Sharp Memorial, UCSD Intestinal - CHLA Kidney-Pancreas - LLUMC, UCI Liver- CHLA, LLUMC, USD, USC (Keck) Lung - UCSD You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here
Special Programs - Total Fracture Care
ticipating Orthopedist for global fracture care without a prior authorization. This Program ensures that Members in need of fracture care by an Orthopedist, as determined by an Emergency Department Physician, Urgent Care Physician or Primary Care Provider, will receive timely access to care. Policy Reference: 10 - Medical Care Standards Total Fracture Care Providers Arrowhead Orthopaedics For more information and locations, please visit: https://www.arrowheadortho.com/ Newport Care Medical Group For more information please call: (951) 363-5064 You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Enroll with IEHP DualChoice
5bab; border: 4px solid #FFD400; margin: 1.25em 0; padding: 1em 3em; font-size: 1.8vh; border-radius: 20px; cursor: pointer; } Trust your heart when it comes to your health-enroll with IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP) If you have both Medi-Cal and Medicare, you may be eligible to enroll in the IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP) plan. Our IEHP DualChoice plan helps you get the care you need to achieve your best possible health. Get covered benefits for $0 including: Doctor visits such as routine checkups and sick visits Prescriptions from the IEHP DualChoice formulary Hospital care such as emergency room and urgently needed servicesAre currently eligible for Medi-Cal, and Specialist case PLUS extra benefits like: Vision care: Up to $350 limit every twelve months for eyeglasses (frames). Lenses are separately reimbursable based on prior approval and medical necessity. Contact Lenses are covered up to $350 every twelve months in lieu of eyeglasses (Lenses and Frames). Utilities allowance of $40 for covered utilities. You must qualify for this benefit. Who is eligible for IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP)? IEHP DualChoice is for people with both Medicare (Part A and B) and Medi-Cal. The following information explains who qualifies for IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP). Included Population: With mandatory enrollment for Medi-Cal benefits, including Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) benefits and Medicare benefits. You are eligible for our Plan as long as you: Live in our service area (incarcerated individuals are not considered living in the geographic service area even if they are physically located in it.), and Are age 21 and older at the time of enrollment, and Have both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, and Are currently eligible for Medi-Cal, and Are a full-benefit dual eligible beneficiary and enroll in IEHP DualChoice for your Medicare benefits and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) for your Medi-Cal benefits. This is known as “Exclusively Aligned Enrollment”, and Are a United States citizen or are lawfully present in the United States For questions or to enroll over the phone, please call the IEHP DualChoice Medicare Team at 1-800-741-IEHP (4347), 8am-8pm (PST), 7 days a week, including holidays. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Enroll in IEHP DualChoice Today! IEHP DualChoice Enrollment Form (PDF) IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP) is a HMO Plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in IEHP DualChoice (HMO D-SNP) depends on contact renewal. Information on this page is current as of October 01, 2022. H8894_DSNP_23_3241532_M Pending Accepted
Special Programs - Alcohol & Drug (SABIRT)
ant to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) APL 21-014 (PDF), “Alcohol and Drug SABIRT,” IEHP has updated its requirements for alcohol and substance use screening in the primary care setting. Helpful resources: Correspondence - June 2022 - Alcohol and Drug SABIRT Training Guide (PDF) Screening Tools Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM) (PDF) Cut Down-Annoyed-Guilty-Eye-Opener Adapted to Include Drugs (CAGE-AID) (PDF) Tobacco Alcohol, Prescription Medications and other Substances (TAPS) (PDF) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Quick Screen for Adults (PDF) Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-10) (PDF) Parents, Partner, Past, and Present (4Ps) for pregnant women and adolescents (PDF) Car, Relax, Alone, Forget, Friends, Trouble (CRAFFT) for non-pregnant adolescents (PDF) Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test Geriatric (MAST-G) alcohol screening for geriatric population (PDF) Assessment Tools Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) (PDF) Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM) (PDF) NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (NM-ASSIST) (PDF) Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20) (PDF) Pamphlets Riverside Brochure (English) (PDF) Riverside Brochure (Spanish) (PDF) San Bernardino Brochure (English) (PDF) San Bernardino Brochure (Spanish) (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.
Join Our Network - IPA
p 1668 S. Garfield 2nd Fl. Alhambra, CA 91801 (877) 282-8272 (626) 943-6329 Dignity Health Medical Network - Inland Empire 3400 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 851-2026 (916) 851-7642 LaSalle Medical Associates 1855 W. Redlands Blvd. 2nd Floor, Redlands, CA 92373 (888) 554-4562 (626) 943-6369 Optum Care Network - Inland Faculty MG 1860 Colorado Blvd. Ste 200, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (800) 371-7547 (323) 257-7329 Physicians Health Network P.O. Box 11429, San Bernardino, CA 92423 (909) 300-5030 (909) 332-5555 Horizon Valley Medical Group 18564 US Highway 18 Ste 105, Apple Valley, CA 92307 (760) 813-6950 (760) 813-6947 DualChoice CalMediConnect CPN - Horizon Valley Medical Group 18564 US Highway 18 Ste. 105, Apple Valley, CA 92307 (760) 242-7777 (760) 242-0487 Dignity Health Medical Network - Inland Empire 3400 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (916) 851-2026 (916) 851-7642 EPIC Health Plan 1615 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA 92374 (909) 799-1818 (909) 786-0816 Alliance Desert Physicians, Inc. Beaver Medical Group Chaffey Medical Group FENIX Medical Group Pinnacle Medical Group Redlands - Yucaipa Medical Group TriValley Medical Group Heritage Provider Network 8510 Balboa Blvd. Ste 275, Northridge, CA 91325 (818) 654-3461 Desert Oasis Healthcare 275 N El Cielo Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 320-8814 Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group 12370 Hesperia Rd., Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 245-4747 Regal Medical Group 621 E Carnegie Dr. Ste 140, San Bernardino, CA 92408 (818) 654-3400 PrimeCare, part of Optum Care 3990 Concourse St., Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 605-8000 Optum Care Network - Citrus Valley 9130 Anaheim Place Ste 130, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 466-8000 (909) 484-6825 Optum Care Network - Corona 2275 Sampson Ave. Ste 111, Corona, CA 92879 (951) 371-8440 (951) 371-3910 Optum Care Network - Hemet Valley 41391 Kalmia St. Ste 310, Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 461-0762 (951) 698-5194 Optum Care Network - Inland Valley 9130 Anaheim Pl. Ste 130, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 466-8000 (909) 484-6825 Optum Care Network - Moreno Valley 1467 Ford St. Ste 103, Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 798-7766 (909) 792-8627 Optum Care Network - Redlands 1520 Barton Rd., Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 798-7766 (909) 792-8627 Optum Care Network - Riverside 2275 Sampson Ave. Ste 111, Corona, CA 92879 (951) 371-8440 (951) 371-3910 Optum Care Network - San Bernardino 1467 Ford St. Ste 103, Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 798-7766 (909) 792-8627 Optum Care Network - Sun City 41391 Kalmia St. Ste 310, Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 461-0762 (951) 698-5194 Optum Care Network - Southwestern Valleys 41391 Kalmia St. Ste 310, Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 461-0762 (951) 698-5194 Optum Care Network - Valley Physicians 24630 Washington Ave. Ste 203, Murrieta, CA 92562 (951) 704-1900 (877) 397-7682 Riverside Medical Clinic 3660 Arlington Ave., Riverside, CA 92506
Join Our Network - Ancillary
ly contracted provider. PLEASE NOTE, IEHP is currently not accepting new: DME Hospice Specialty Pharmacy Clinical Laboratories Please check monthly for updates on Network Availability. Prior to extending a contract, we must receive the following documents: 1. Ancillary Provider Network Participation Request Form (PDF) 2. W-9 Form A current Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification Form 3. Liability Insurance Certificate Professional general liability in the minimum amount of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) per occurrence. Three Million Dollars ($3,000,000) aggregate per year for professional liability. 4. Ownership Information (PDF) Name, Title and Percentage of Ownership 5. Provider Accreditation Certificate 6. CMS/DHCS Passing Site Survey (Approval Letter) Required for each facility 7. California State License (if applicable) Required for each facility 8. Urgent Care Minimum Qualifications (if applicable) All Ages (PDF) Pediatrics (PDF) 9. Medi-Cal Number Ancillary Providers need to successfully enroll in the State's Medi-Cal Program 10. Provider Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) (PDF) IEHP is required by State and Federal regulators to maintain an AOR form on file for our Providers signifying your receipt and review of the Policy & Procedure manuals, including annual updates 11. Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) Form (PDF) Ancillary Providers must complete the ERA form Contracts Maintenance Request Form can be found here (PDF). Any delay in receiving the above stated documents will affect the effective date of the contract that will be mailed to you. The contract collateral and other supporting contract documents should be e-mailed to email@example.com. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Join Our Network - Behavioral Health
l Health Forms Behavioral Health As a local Health Plan, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is committed to improving behavioral health services for our Members by developing direct relationships with select clinicians. IEHP now has over 1,000,000 Members. Behavioral Health Clinicians are viewed as "Specialists" that are partners in improving the health status of our Members. IEHP Behavioral Health is an integrated essential partner with primary medical care. IEHP’s Direct Behavioral Health Program will offer our Behavioral Health Specialists: Streamlined Authorization & Claims Submission - via our fast and secure website. Competitive Reimbursement Rates - based on current Medicare rates. Speedy Payments - our track record is payment in less than 3 weeks (in most cases). Personal, Friendly Service - to ensure a successful and long-lasting working relationship. IEHP is committed to develop direct partnerships with Psychiatrists, Psychologists, LCSW's, LMFT's, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and most recently, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) who have met the couples and family qualifications. LPCCs without this qualification will not be considered eligible to join IEHP's Behavioral Health Network. For any questions or concerns, please email Contract@iehp.org. Requirements for this certification can be found here: https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lpcc_couple-fam_courses.pdf In compliance with APL 17-019 (a DHCS regulation), IEHP now requires Behavioral Health Providers to begin the process of enrolling with Medi-Cal prior to contracting with IEHP. To ensure timely processing of your application, IEHP will accept your application to contract upon receipt of verification of Medi-Cal enrollment submission. Prospective Providers: QASP PLEASE NOTE, IEHP is now accepting new QASP Providers in all services areas. Behavioral Health Behavioral Health Provider Letter and Application (PDF) Why You Should Contract with IEHP Directly for Behavioral Health (PDF) How IEHP Keeps You Informed and Drive Business to Your Practice (PDF) Medi-Cal Number (Physicians should be enrolled in the State's Medi-Cal Program) Existing Providers: Contracts Maintenance Request Form (PDF) W-9 Form (PDF) (Remittance advice address change) Medi-Cal Number (Physicians should be enrolled in the State's Medi-Cal Program) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What is IEHP? How do I contract with IEHP? What are IEHP's compensation rates? What are IEHP’s minimum requirements to be considered for your BH Network? What if I have additional information about my practice, specialties or experience that is not covered on the survey; where can I send this information? When will I hear back from IEHP after I send my contract in? What services does IEHP offer online? What are the benefits and limitations for Medicare DualChoice Members? I am a Behavioral Health Treatment Provider for one or more of the following services, how do I contract with IEHP? (Services for Individuals (0-21) with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, or Specialized Behavioral needs; utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Modification treatment modalities) What is IEHP? IEHP stands for Inland Empire Health Plan. IEHP is a not-for-profit health plan that serves over 1,000,000 Members in public-sponsored health coverage programs including Medi-Cal and Medicare Special Needs Plan. How do I contract with IEHP? The first step is to fill out the Behavioral Health Provider Letter and Application (PDF) and email Contract@iehp.org. We will contact you directly once we have evaluated our Member’s needs and are ready to proceed with contracting. What are IEHP compensation Rates? Reimbursement rates for Behavioral Health Services are based on Medicare rates. What are IEHP’s minimum requirements to be considered for your BH Network? A valid California License (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner) $1 million to $3 million Malpractice Insurance Must be enrolled with Medi-Cal Satisfy all IEHP’s standard credentialing requirements What if I have additional information about my practice, specialties or experience that is not covered on the survey; where can I send this information? You can send your information to: Inland Empire Health Plan Attention: Provider Relations P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga CA 91729-1800 When will I hear back from IEHP after I send my contract in? Over the next two to three months we will be gathering information and determining our needs and as soon as we have determined what Providers we will need we will send out draft contracts with rate sheets for review. What services does IEHP offer online? Member Eligibility Verification Claims Submission Services Claims Status Authorization Status Medication Search Pharmaceutical Services Information Resources Provider Manuals; Benefit Manuals; EDI manuals What are the benefits and limitations for Medicare DualChoice Members? Click here. I am a Behavioral Health Treatment Provider for one or more of the following services, how do I contract with IEHP? (Services for Individuals (0-21) with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, or Specialized Behavioral needs; utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Modification treatment modalities) The first step is to fill out the Behavioral Health Provider Letter and Application (PDF) and email Contract@iehp.org. We will contact you directly once we have evaluated our Member’s needs and are ready to proceed with contracting. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.
Provider Resources - POLST Registry
fornia Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Registry (CPR) to connect a digital POLST network throughout the Inland Empire Healthcare System which includes independent physicians, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and the Health Information Exchange (HIE). The goal of this initiative is to provide a more effective means of documenting, communicating, and ensuring Member desired Treatment at the end of life is being honored. By clicking on these links, you will be leaving the IEHP website. To login, visit Working Toward a Statewide POLST Registry in California | POLST (capolst.org) To sign up, simply go to POLST for Healthcare Providers | POLST (capolst.org) CPR Correspondence (PDF) CPR FAQ (PDF) For any questions, please contact Care Directives at (888) 621-4383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.