UCare's Medical Necessity Guidelines

UCare medical necessity guidelines are available to assist in the determination of medical necessity for certain clinical procedures (procedure, therapy, diagnostic test, medical device, etc.) where coverage requires determination of medical necessity.

UCare determines medical necessity using clinical criteria, UCare authored medical policies and guidelines developed by authoritative external sources, such as InterQual®, Magellan clinical care guidelines and the National comprehensive Cancer network. These criteria and guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgment by a qualified health care professional and do not constitute the practice of medicine or medical advice. The treating health care professional remains responsible for diagnosis and treatment. Patients should always consult their treating health care professional before making decisions about medical care.

 

How Medical Guidelines Are Used 

When making coverage decisions, UCare staff apply the benefits associated with that member's enrollment and eligibility, according to federal and state regulations and member specific evidence of coverage (EOC), member contract or member handbook. If a determination of medical necessity is required and criteria are not specified in benefits or regulations, UCare will apply clinical criteria, which may be from UCare Medical Policies or authoritative external sources such as InterQual®, Magellan clinical guidelines or the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

UCare offers members and providers access to utilization review staff: during business hours (612-676-6705 or 1-877-447-4384 toll free, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a voice mail box to leave messages after hours (phone: 612-676-6705 or fax: 612-884-2499). Hearing impaired members can call our TTY text machine at 612-676-6810 or 1-800-688-2534 toll free. Collect calls are accepted. Language assistance is available from Customer Services.

Medical drug policies are still available and can be viewed on the Provider Pharmacy page.

 
 

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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. 

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