Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) 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. Our 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 on the web. Just go to anthem.com, and select For Providers > Provider Resources > Policies, Guidelines and Manuals > Select your state > View Medical Policies and Clinical UM Guidelines.

 

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. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except on holidays). More hours may be available in your area. Federal Employee Program (FEP) hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • 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 12 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 staff. Members should call the customer service number on their health plan ID card.

To discuss UM Process and Authorizations

To Discuss Peer-to-Peer

UM Denials w/Physician

To Request UM Criteria

TTY/TDD

800 662-9023,

800 722-6614,

855-343-4851 or
855-343-4852

 

Transplant

800-824-0581

National Transplant

844-644-8101

FAX: 888-438-7051

 

Behavioral Health

800-292-2879

 

Autism

844 269 0538

 

University System of Georgia (USG)

800-233-5765

Behavioral Health

800-292-2879

 

State Health Benefit (SHBP)

Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

FEP

800-860-2156

Fax: 800 732-8318 (UM)

Fax: 877 606-3807 (ABD)

877-771-9165

 

Behavioral Health

800-292-2879

 

Adaptive Behavioral Treatment

844-269-0538

 

University System of Georgia (USG)

877-771-9165

Behavioral Health

800-292-2879

 

State Health Benefit (SHBP)

Medical:

855 668 6442

Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

FEP

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

800-292-2879

 

State Health Benefit (SHBP)  Medical:

855 668 6442

Behavioral Health:

855 679-5725

 

FEP

800-860-2156

Fax: 800 732-8318 (UM)

Fax: 877 606-3807 (ABD)

711, or

TTY: 800-255-0056

Voice: 800-255-0135

 


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 2021 Anthem Provider News - Georgia