IEHP requires contracted and non-contracted hospitals to obtain prior authorization for post-stabilization care for Members (patients). IEHP requests the patient’s diagnosis as indicated by the treating physician or surgeon and any other information reasonably necessary for the Plan to decide on whether to authorize post-stabilization care or to assume management of the patient’s care by prompt transfer to another facility. The hospital should request prior authorization from IEHP’s Utilization Management (UM) Department by:
- Phone at (866) 649-6327; or
- Fax at (909) 477-8553 to send clinical notes for medical necessity review.
IEHP makes every effort to respond to requests for necessary post-stabilization care within thirty (30) minutes of receipt. The services are considered approved if IEHP does not respond within this timeframe. All subsequent hospital day are subject to review for medical necessity.
IEHP will inform the provider of the Plan’s decision and will coordinate the transfer of the Member if IEHP denies the request for authorization of post-stabilization care and elects to transfer the Member to another health care provider.