General resources for commercial and Individual Exchange plans
Looking for general information about UnitedHealthcare commercial plans and UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange plans? Explore these topics.
Appointment access and availability standards
We have certain requirements for appointments, after-hours care and health care professional availability. For more information, please see these access and availability standard sections in our UnitedHealthcare Care Provider Administrative Guide:
Point of Care Assist
One way to coordinate care is by using Point of Care Assist®, a tool that provides you with real-time member information — including prior authorization, clinical, pharmacy, lab and cost data — in your existing electronic medical record.
Our coordination programs vary by plan. Some examples include:
Controlled substance monitoring This program helps you identify members who may benefit from prescription pain management regimens. Through this program, you can receive a comprehensive member-specific report that includes the clinical issue of concern, prescription utilization details and recommended action(s).
Providers are encouraged to contact identified members to discuss and re-evaluate their overall pain management regimens and coordinate appropriate treatment, if indicated.
Timely postpartum care and maternity support Timely postpartum care can help contribute to healthier outcomes for women after delivery. We use HEDIS® guidelines to measure postpartum visit compliance. The standard is a postpartum visit between 7 and 84 days after delivery. Members can access maternity support resources on myuhc.com.
Kidney disease program This program is designed to help improve clinical outcomes for members with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The program coordinates care among the member’s care providers to help manage comorbid conditions as well as dialysis therapy. Goals include reducing inpatient hospitalizations, emergency room visits, transplant education and recommendations, and mortality — while improving quality of life.
Diabetic eye exam Regular eye exam screenings for members with diabetes may help detect diabetic retinal disease. We use HEDIS guidelines to measure retinal eye exam performance for members ages 18–75 who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Continuity and coordination of care may be monitored through communication between the member’s primary care physician and the eye care professional performing the dilated retinal exam.
Transitions of care Follow-up visits after a member is discharged from the hospital should be timely, especially for members with complex care and after-care needs who are at risk for relapse and rehospitalization. This includes members with behavioral health or substance use disorders.
Comprehensive and detailed medical records are key to helping promote quality medical care and improving patient safety. The Chapter 12: Medical records standards and requirements section in our Administrative Guide includes medical record guidelines, information about your access records and what we need you to document for each visit.
Help your patients get the care they need If you have a patient who may benefit from case or disease management, please call the number on their member ID card to refer them to one of our programs. For more information, visit the Case management section in our Administrative Guide.
Cultural and linguistic support
Our commercial plans serve a diverse group of individuals, and each state has membership with its own cultural and language needs. We’re here to support you in your efforts to communicate effectively with our members.
Example of languages by state
West African languages
West Germanic languages
Resources For more resources, including cultural competency training and language services, please visit our Cultural Competency page.
For information about how to receive language assistance and interpreter services, please call 877-542-9235.
As part of our Quality Improvement (QI) program, we conduct annual surveys to better understand the experiences of our members and the health care professionals who serve them.
What we measure:
The experiences of UnitedHealthcare commercial plan members using the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. Learn more at our CAHPS/HOS and patient experience page.
The experiences of UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange plan (also referred to as UnitedHealthcare Individual & Family ACA Marketplace plan) members using the Key Member Indicator (KMI) and Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollee experience surveys