Overview of UCare Quality Initiatives

Active Initiatives

 

The goals of Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) and Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) are to:

Improve health outcomes, member satisfaction, and identify best practices. 

Assess and improve clinical and administrative processes. 

Meet or exceed the quality-related requirements for CMS, MDH, DHS and NCQA. 

Collaborate on a targeted topic with other Managed Care Organizations. 

Implement interventions for improved health outcomes over a broad population of Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries.

Elimination of Race and Ethnic Disparities in the Management of Depression (2015-2017) | Project Overview
 
Webinar: Providing Mental Health Services to Latinos | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 12:00-1:00 pm    
Webinar: Cultural Competency in Antidepressant Management   | Tuesday, July 14, 2015 | 12:00-1:00 pm
Webinar: Shared Decision-Making & Depression Treatment in Primary Care | Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 12:00-1:00 pm
 
Increasing Follow-up after Hospitalization Rates in the Special Needs Basic Care Population (2015-2017) |  Project Overview
 
SNBC Dental Access Improvement Project (2017-2020)

Improving Antidepressant Medication Management in the Senior Population (2016-2018) | Project Overview

Provider Tips for how to improve HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) scores.

UCare is committed to helping providers work with UCare members who face decisions regarding next steps in their care. In the coming months, we will be implementing a program to work with providers and our members to help build shared patient-centered decision-making into provider-patient interactions.
 
The Informed Medical Decision Making Foundation describes shared decision-making as such:
 
  • Shared decision making (SDM) is a collaborative process that allows patients and providers to make health care treatment decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences.
  • SDM honors both the provider’s expert knowledge and the patient’s right to be fully informed of all care options and the potential harms and benefits. This process provides patients with the support they need to make the best individualized care decisions, while allowing providers to feel confident in the care they prescribe.
 
One of the resources UCare shared with our members is a webpage titled My Health Decisions, available for them through UCare’s website. This useful content from the Informed Medical Decision Making Foundation will help patients understand a wide range of health conditions—from low back pain to cancer—so they make informed decisions about their care options.
 
If you have questions or comments, please contact us via e-mail SDM@ucare.org or call the SDM message line at 612-676-3501 or toll-free at 1-855-260-9705.
 
Shared Decision Making Resources:
 
Patient-Provider Shared Decision Making Tools:

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Service Category

Essentia Health Provider Requirements Other EssentiaCare Network Providers

Codes Requiring Authorization - CPT/HCPC Codes

 

Outpatient Therapy (PT, OT & ST)

Includes therapy in the home and outpatient therapy provided in a nursing facility.

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Physical Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 20 visits per calendar year.

Occupational Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 20 visits per calendar year.

Speech Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 30 visits per calendar year.

Magellan Healthcare: 
PH 952-225-5700, 
1-888-660-4705 (toll free)

Physical Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 20 visits per calendar year.

Occupational Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 20 visits per calendar year.

Speech Therapy - Authorization required beyond threshold of 30 visits per calendar year.

Magellan Healthcare: 
PH 952-225-5700, 
1-888-660-4705 (toll free)

20560, 20561, 92507, 92508, 92526,
92606, 92630, 92633, 97012, 97014,
97016, 97018, 97022, 97024, 97026,
97028, 97032, 97033, 97034, 97035,
97036, 97039, 97110, 97112, 97113,
97116, 97124, 97139, 97140, 97150,
97164, 97168, 97530, 97533, 97535,
97537, 97542, 97750, 97755, 97760,
97761, 97799, G0151, G0152, G0153
       

 

 

Updated February 2020

Region

UCare Product

Eligibility

Service Area
(Minnesota Counties)

Narrow network?

North

UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Essentials Rx
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B to enroll

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin All UCare network providers
    North

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Classic
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Aitkin, Becker, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Lake, Morrison, Pine and St. Louis All UCare network providers
    Metro

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Prime
  • Essentials Rx
  • Complete
  • Classic
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Wright All UCare network providers
    South

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Standard
  • Complete
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona, Yellow Medicine All UCare network providers
    South

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Classic
  • Have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona All UCare network providers

    In-Network Services

    Primary Care Office Visits $0 copay $25 copay $0 copay $20 copay $0 copay $0 copay $0 copay
    Specialist Office Visits $35 copay $50 copay $20 copay $45 copay $40 copay $10 copay $35 copay
    Inpatient Hospital Care $400 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $300 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $250 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $300 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $500 copay per day (days 1 - 3), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $100 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $150 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission
    Urgent Care $50 copay $45 copay $50 copay $50 copay $40 copay $0 copay $50 copay
    Worldwide Emergency Care $100 copay $90 copay $100 copay $100 copay $90 copay $100 copay $100 copay
    Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage* No Prescription Drug Coverage $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $200 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers Copays based on drug tiers $200 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers
    Preventive Dental Coverage Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
    Vision Coverage-Routine Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: Not Covered Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay
    Vision Coverage-Diagnostic Diagnostic Eye Exam: $35 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $50 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $20 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $45 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $40 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $10 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $35 copay
    Hearing Services-Routine Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: Not Covered Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay; $500 allowed every 36 months for hearing aids Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay
    Hearing Services-Diagnostic Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $35 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $50 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $20 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $45 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $40 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $10 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $35 copay
    Out of Pocket Maximum $3,400 $5,000 $3,400 $3,400 $4,500 $3,000 $3,000

     

    * Part D deductible only applies to some drugs. See the Drug Formulary for details. 

    Pharmacy benefit information