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If you need to send an inpatient notification to Group Health, please send it via our secure fax number: 206-901-6109.

May Clinical Tips

Check out our Clinical Pearls — short, straightforward clinical recommendations you can integrate into your daily practice.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) and Actigraphy (PDF)

Effective July 1, 2015, Group Health is changing the medical necessity review criteria for Applied Behavioral Health Analysis Therapy and Actigraphy. These changes may affect coverage of services.

Pharmacy News: April 2015 (PDF)

Patient medication adherence, alternatives to Colchicine for treating gout, FDA alert for Chantix, and more.

Prior Authorization for Office-Administered Injectable Drugs

Review the Non-Medicare Drug List updated on Dec. 24, 2014.

'Ensuring Comprehensive Care at Religiously Affiliated Hospitals'

A member-sponsored advisory resolution, reaffirming Group Health's longstanding commitment to provide a full spectrum of legal, covered, and medically appropriate services, including reproductive health and end-of-life care, has been approved by our voting members.

Formulary Decision Highlights: March 2015 (PDF)

View highlights from the meeting on March 11, 2015.

Evaluation and Management Services Billed with Preventive Medicine Examinations (PDF)

Effective June 1, Group Health will reimburse evaluation and management office or home visits with modifier 25 provided to commercial members at 50 percent of the contracted allowed amount when billed with a preventive medicine examination on the same day, by the same provider.

Provider Update: March 2015 (PDF)

HEDIS medical record FAQs, pneumococcal vaccine recommendations, new lung cancer screening guideline, and more.

Drugs Requiring Prior Authorization Approval

Effective May 1, the following drugs require prior authorization before being administered in a physician's office:
Eloctate, Alprolix, and Vimizim (PDF)
Aralast, Aralast NP, Glassia, Prolastin, Prolastin C, Zemaira (PDF)
Belinostat (Beleodaq) (PDF)
Bevacizumab (Avastin) (PDF)

 
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