Providing Quality Care
As our valued provider, your ability to serve our members is important. Louisiana Healthcare Connections is here with information to help you provide the very best care. This information is part of our Quality Improvement (QI) program designed to address both the quality and safety of services provided to your patients and our members.
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey is a chance for your patients to report their satisfaction with their healthcare, including their experience with their providers and health plan. The CAHPS survey scores are made available to the public and can determine whether patients and members stay with their provider or health plan or look elsewhere for their care. Surveys are sent to our members from February through June.
Louisiana Healthcare Connections participates in CAHPS® surveys annually, February through June, for both the adult and child members served.
You are essential to providing the highest-quality healthcare possible for our members, and your satisfaction is important to us, too. We assess your experience with the health plan through an annual Provider Satisfaction Survey. These survey results will be reviewed by Louisiana Healthcare Connections and will be key to helping us improve the provider experience, so please be sure to complete the survey if you receive one. Your feedback informs improvement opportunities and quality initiatives.
During the credentialing process, Louisiana Healthcare Connections obtains information from various sources to evaluate your application. Ensuring the accuracy of this information is key, so please review and provide any corrected information as soon as possible. You also have the right to review the status of your credentialing or recredentialing application at any time by calling your dedicated Provider Consultants.
If your address or telephone number changes, or if you can no longer accept new patients or are leaving the network, please notify Louisiana Healthcare Connections as soon as possible so we can update our Provider Directory. Having access to accurate provider information is vitally important to our members, and we want to work together to ensure continuity of care can be maintained for our members.
Utilization Management (UM) decisions are based only on the appropriateness of care and service and the existence of coverage.
Louisiana Healthcare Connections does not reward providers, practitioners or other individuals for issuing denials of coverage or care and does not have financial incentives in place that encourage decisions resulting in underutilization. Denials are based on lack of medical necessity or lack of covered benefit. Nationally recognized criteria (such as InterQual or MCG) are used if available for the specific service request, with additional criteria (e.g., clinical/medical policies) developed internally through a process that includes a review of scientific evidence and input from relevant specialists.
Submitting complete clinical information with the initial request for a service or treatment will help us make appropriate and timely UM decisions. You may discuss any UM denial decisions with a physician or another appropriate reviewer at the time of notification of an adverse determination. You may also request UM criteria pertinent to a specific authorization request or for any other UM-related request or issue by contacting the UM department at the health plan.
Providing quality care to our members includes helping adolescents transition to an adult care provider. If you or one of your patients need assistance in finding an adult primary care provider or specialist, contact member services at 1-866-595-8133 or reference the information in the Provider Manual. We can assist in locating an in-network adult care provider or arranging care if needed.
The Preferred Drug List (PDL) is based on the plan benefits and is updated on a regular basis. The current PDL, which includes information regarding covered drugs, restrictions, prior authorization requirements, limitations, etc., is located on our website.
Our Care Management team is available for members who may benefit from increased coordination of services. The team is available to assist and support providers with member issues including non-adherence to medications/medical advice, multiple complex co-morbidities, or to offer guidance with a new diagnosis.
The care management team helps members:
- Achieve optimum health, functional capability and quality of life through improved management of their disease or condition.
- Determine and access available benefits and resources.
- Develop goals and coordinate with family, providers and community organizations to achieve these goals.
- Facilitate timely receipt of appropriate services in the right setting.
Early intervention is essential to maximizing treatment options and minimizing potential complications associated with illnesses, injury or chronic conditions. Members can receive services through face-to-face visits, over the phone or in a provider's office. You can directly refer members to the Care Management program at any time by calling the health plan or initiating a referral on the Provider Portal.
Every year Louisiana Healthcare Connections assesses appointment availability for PCPs, specialists and behavioral health practitioners. There are established standards for each type of appointment (routine care, urgent/sick visits, etc.) and type of practitioner. Please review the Provider Manual for the expectations of how quickly our members should be able to get an appointment.
Providers are expected to follow member rights. Members are informed of their rights and responsibilities in their member handbook.
Member rights include, but are not limited to:
- Receiving all services the health plan provides.
- Being treated with dignity and respect.
- Knowing their medical records will be kept private, consistent with state and federal laws and health plan policies.
- Being able to see their medical records.
- Being able to receive information in a different format in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Member responsibilities include:
- Understanding their health problems and telling their healthcare providers if they do not understand their treatment plan or what is expected of them.
- Keeping scheduled appointments and calling the physician's office whenever possible if there is a delay or cancellation.
- Showing their member ID card at appointments.
- Following the treatment plans and instructions for care that they have agreed on with their healthcare.
We encourage you to refer to the Provider Manual to review the full list of rights and responsibilities.
As part of our efforts for greater network cultural competency, access to free resources, including telephonic interpretation line for members with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is available. Louisiana Healthcare Connections discourages the use of friends or family members as interpreters because they can interpret incorrectly or censor information. If a Louisiana Healthcare Connections member with LEP does not call in advance to schedule an in-person interpreter, members can use our telephonic interpretation line. All providers are required to provide medical services to LEP member in a language he or she understands.
To access telephonic interpretation line, simply follow these steps:
- Be sure to have the member ID available. Using a phone in the exam room, call the Provider Services line at 1-866-595-8133 and tell them you need a telephonic interpreter.
- When connected to the interpreter in the desired language, use the speakerphone function to communicate with the member.
Staff may also use the language line as a three-way call function in order to call members for scheduling appointments or giving test results.
To help members identify their language to providers, our Language Identification Tool (PDF) is available for provider offices.
If you would like copies of this language tool for your medical office or facility, please contact your dedicated provider network specialist or call 1-866-595-8133, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Louisiana Healthcare Connections is pleased to introduce the Choosing Wisely initiative. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation encourages practitioners and patients to "Choose Wisely." This initiative seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.
Please visit choosingwisely.org to download informational resources for your patients and clinicians to promote shared-decision making.