Referral requirement for specialty services
As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the connection between our members and their primary care providers (PCPs), we will require a PCP referral for specialty services beginning with dates of service
January 17, 2011, for some members, starting with those in a Cambridge Health Alliance PCP panel.
The referral requirement applies to professional services; outpatient hospital visits; surgical day care; and initial visits or evaluation for physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. It does not include inpatient care, emergency care, outpatient behavioral health services, or OB/GYN and family planning services.
We will not pay for specialty services that do not have a PCP referral when such a referral is needed. Please remember, you cannot bill members for these services.
The Tufts Health Plan – Network Health member's PCP must notify us when specialty care is needed from a contracted specialist; we will then issue a referral number to the PCP. Specialists can check which Tufts Health plan – Network Health members require a referral when checking member eligibility with Network Health Connect, our online provider service; NEHEN; and NEHENnet. Specialists can also check the status of a referral using Network Health Connect, NEHEN, and NEHENnet. You can also call us at 888-257-1985.
Our existing prior authorization rules remain unchanged. If a prior authorization is required, a referral is not.
Please call us at 888-257-1985 if you have questions.