Please refer to the 2013 APWU Health Plan’s Federal Brochure (RI 71-004) for details regarding PPO benefits and how they are used, as well as hospital precertification guidelines in 2013.
APWU Health Plan Precertification Vendors
For emergency or maternity admissions, precertification must take place within 48 hours of the admission, even if the patient has been discharged. If a newborn remains in the hospital past the mother’s discharge, these extra days must be precertified. Planned stays must be precertified at least 48 hours prior to the admission.
Durable medical equipment, rehabilitative therapy and nursing services must also be precertified. All therapies and nursing must be preauthorized by the provider of service.
Some services require prior approval (High Option) and some require pre-notification (Consumer Driven Option):
Hospital precertification vendor for all states.
For precertification of inpatient hospital stays and continued care review for long-term injuries/illnesses: (800) 582-1314
ALL STATES: CAT/CT/MRI/NC/PET Scans
Cigna is responsible for precertification of CAT/CT/MRI/NC/PET Scans. Prior approval of these procedures is required. Failure to obtain required precertification can result in a $100 penalty and/or denial of the claim pending review. Cigna’s number is (800) 582-1314, found on the High Option ID Card. Have your provider call prior to these procedures.
CONSUMER DRIVEN OPTION
Call UnitedHealthcare at (800) 718-1299
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