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Prior Authorization Rules for Medical Benefits | Wellcare Nebraska
Prior Authorization Rules for Medical Benefits
What is Prior Authorization?
Prior Authorization is a request made by you or your doctor to get Wellcare's approval before receiving treatment. During this process, we may request and review medical records, test results and other information so that we understand what services are being performed and also to determine if the services requested are medically necessary.
What services require Prior Authorization?
To obtain a list of services that require prior authorization, please contact Member Services. Please note out-of-network/non- contracted providers are under no obligation to treat Wellcare members, except in emergency situations. Please call our customer service number or see your Evidence of Coverage for more information, including the cost- sharing that applies to out-of-network services
What is the process for obtaining a Prior Authorization?
You may request prior authorization by contacting Member Services. We recommend that providers submit prior authorizations through the web portal, via phone or via fax.
Decisions and notifications will be made no later than 72 hours after receipt for requests meeting the definition of Expedited (fast decision) and no later than 14 calendar days for requests meeting the definition for Standard. Wellcare automatically expedites an organization determination if we find that your health, life, or ability to regain maximum function may be jeopardized by waiting for a standard determination. We will notify you of our decision either in writing or via telephone. In the case of an emergency, you do not need prior authorization.
Prior authorization is not a guarantee of payment. Wellcare retains the right to review the medical necessity of services, eligibility for services, and benefit limitations and exclusions after you receive the services.
Medical Management Inpatient and Outpatient Prior Authorization
Behavioral Health Outpatient Prior Authorization
See 2022 for Plan information