For detailed information and instructions on verifying eligibility, the choice and role of the PCP and other care provider requirements, refer to Chapter 2: Provider responsibilities and standards.
Member ID card information may vary by health benefit plan. For example, some members may have ID cards which indicate M.D. IPA Preferred or Optimum Choice Preferred benefits. You can see an image of the ID card specific to the member when you verify the member’s eligibility. For more information on ID cards and to see a sample health plan ID card, refer to the Health Care Identification (ID) Cards section of Chapter 2: Provider Responsibilities and Standards.
Before seeing a member, it is important you verify their eligibility and benefits on Link, as well as the member’s PCP selection, to avoid payment issues. Go to UHCprovider.com and click “Sign in to Link” in the top right corner. Then click Eligibility and Benefits.
The following unique features are located on M.D. IPA and Optimum Choice health plan ID cards:
M.D. IPA and Optimum Choice members must use the medical laboratory noted on their ID card for medical laboratory services. Any specimens collected in the office MUST be sent to the laboratory indicated on the member’s ID card. Depending on where the member lives, the ID card shows:
Refer to UHCprovider.com/plans > Choose Your State.
M.D. IPA and Optimum Choice members must use the radiology county noted on the ID card. Depending upon the member’s PCP’s office location, the ID card shows:
A complete list of county specific radiology vendors is found on UHCprovider.com/plans > (Choose Your State) > Commercial > Radiology Vendors.
Verify the member’s copayments when verifying their eligibility.
A PCP is defined as a physician specializing in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, or general practice. Other care providers will be included as primary physicians as required by state mandates. Members are required to see their PCP or a covering physician at the address location that shares the same TIN listed on the Patient Eligibility screen. Some PCPs have multiple TINs but may not participate under each of those TINs for the member’s benefit plan. Before scheduling an appointment, it is important to verify the member’s assigned PCP and the TIN listed on the Patient Eligibility screen is the same TIN for the address location where the member will be seen. Submit your address corrections through the My Practice Profile Tool or call the phone number on the back of the member’s ID card before seeing the member.
For requests about panel status (i.e., Open/Closed to New/Existing Patients), contact your Network Account Representative 30 calendar days before any action. To find your Network Account Representative, go to UHCprovider.com > (scroll down) > Contact Us > Find a Network Contact > Select your state. Members are required to select a network PCP, or a PCP is auto-assigned.
Female members may receive obstetrical and gynecological (OB/GYN) physician services directly from a participating OB/GYN, family practice physician, or surgeon identified by the medical group/IPA or UnitedHealthcare as providing OB/GYN physician services. This means the member may receive these services without prior authorization or a referral from her PCP. In all cases, the physician must be affiliated with the member’s assigned medical group/IPA and participating with UnitedHealthcare.