Our utilization management (UM) decisions are based on the appropriateness of care and service needed, as well as the member’s coverage according to their health plan. We do not reward providers or other individuals for issuing denials of coverage, service or care. Nor, do we make decisions about hiring, promoting, or terminating these individuals based on the idea or thought that they will deny benefits.  In addition, we do not offer financial incentives for UM decision makers to encourage decisions resulting in under-utilization. Anthem’s medical policies are available on Anthem’s website at anthem.com.

 

You can also request a free copy of our UM criteria from our medical management department, and providers may discuss a UM denial decision with a physician reviewer by calling us at the toll-free numbers listed below. UM criteria are also available online at anthem.com/provider. Visit anthem.com/provider, then scroll down and select Find Resources for Georgia (or select Georgia if it’s not already selected). Then click on Medical Policies, Clinical UM Guidelines, and Pre-Cert Requirements.

 

We work with providers to answer questions about the utilization management process and the authorization of care.  Here’s how the process works:

  • Call us toll free from 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on holidays). More hours may be available in your area. Federal Employee Program hours are 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • If you call after normal business hours, you can leave a private message with your contact information. Our staff will return your call on the next business day. Calls received after midnight will be returned the same business day. 
  • Our associates will contact you about your UM inquiries during business hours, unless otherwise agreed upon.

 

The following phone lines are for physicians and their staffs. Members should call the customer service number on their health plan ID card.

To discuss UM

Process & Authorizations

To Discuss Peer-to-Peer

UM Denials w/Physicians

To Request

UM Criteria

TTY/TDD

 

800 662-9023,

800 722-6614,

855-343-4851 or 855-343-4852

 

Transplant

800-824-0581

 


Behavioral Health:

800-292-2879

 

Autism: 844 269 0538

 

University System of Georgia (USG):

800-233-5765


Behavioral Health

844 269-0535

 

State Health Benefit (SHBP): 

Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

 

 

 

 



FEP

Phone 800-860-2156

FAX 800 732-8318 (UM)

FAX 877 606-3807 (ABD)

 

877-771-9165

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Behavioral Health:

800-292-2879

 

 

 


University System of Georgia (USG):

877-771-9165


Behavioral Health:  844 269-0535

 

State Health Benefit

(SHBP):

Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

State Health Benefit (SHBP): 

Medical:

855 668 6442

 

FEP

Phone 800-860-2156

 

 

800 662-9023,

800 722-6614,

855-343-4851 or 855-343-4852

 

 

 

 


Behavioral Health:

800-292-2879

 

 

 



University System of Georgia (USG):

800-233-5765



Behavioral Health

844 269-0535

 


State Health Benefit (SHBP):  Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

 


State Health Benefit (SHBP):  Medical:

855 668 6442

 

 

FEP

Phone 800-860-2156

FAX 800 732-8318 (UM)

FAX 877 606-3807 (ABD)

 

711

Or

TTY

Voice

800-255-0056(T)

800-255-0135(V)

 


For language assistance, members can simply call the Customer Service phone number on the back of their ID card and a representative will be able to assist them.

 

Our utilization management associates identify themselves to all callers by first name, title and our company name when making or returning calls. They can inform you about specific utilization management requirements, operational review procedures, and discuss utilization management decisions with you.



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December 2019 Anthem Provider News - Georgia