This Plan is a health maintenance organization (HMO). We require you to see specific physicians, hospitals, and other providers that contract with us. These Plan providers coordinate your health care services. We are solely responsible for the selection of these providers in your area. Contact us for a copy of our most recent provider directory or visit our website at www.aetnafeds.com. We give you a choice of enrollment in a High, Basic or Saver Option.
OPM requires that FEHB plans be accredited to validate that plan operations and/or care management meet nationally recognized standards. Aetna holds the following accreditations: National Committee for Quality Assurance and/or the local plans and vendors that support Aetna hold accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. To learn more about this plan’s accreditation(s), please visit the following website:
HMOs emphasize preventive care such as routine office visits, physical exams, well-baby care, and immunizations, in addition to treatment for illness and injury. Our providers follow generally accepted medical practice when prescribing any course of treatment.
When you receive services from Plan providers, you will not have to submit claim forms or pay bills. You pay only the copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles described in this brochure. When you receive emergency services from non-Plan providers, you may have to submit claim forms.
You should join an HMO because you prefer the plan’s benefits, not because a particular provider is available. You cannot change plans because a provider leaves our Plan. We cannot guarantee that any one physician, hospital, or other provider will be available and/or remain under contract with us.
General features of our High and Basic Options
- You can see participating network specialists without a referral (Open Access).
- You can choose between our Basic Dental or Dental PPO option. Under Basic Dental, you can access preventive care for a $5 copay and other services at a reduced fee. Under the PPO option, if you see an in-network dentist, you pay nothing for preventive care after a $20 annual deductible per member. You may also utilize non-network dentists for preventive care, but at reduced benefit levels after satisfying the $20 annual deductible per member. You pay all charges for other services when utilizing non-network dentists.
- You receive a $100 reimbursement every 24 months for glasses or contact lenses.
General Features of our Aetna Saver Option
- You can see participating network specialists without a referral. (Open Access)
- Services covered under this plan are subject to coinsurance which means we pay a percentage and you pay a percentage of our negotiated rates with our network providers to keep costs down.
- Coverage for preventive services like flu shots and physicals.
We have Open Access benefits
Our HMO and Aetna Saver Plans offer Open Access benefits. This means you can receive covered services from a participating network specialist without a required referral from your primary care physician or by another participating provider in the network.
These Open Access and Aetna Saver Plans are available to members in our FEHBP service area. If you live or work in our service area, you can go directly to any network specialist for covered services without a referral from your primary care physician. Note: Whether your covered services are provided by your selected primary care physician (for your PCP copay) or by another participating provider in the network (for the specialist copay), you will be responsible for payment which may be in the form of a copay (flat dollar amount) or coinsurance (a percentage of covered expenses). While not required, it is highly recommended that you still select a PCP and notify Member Services of your selection at 800-537-9384. If you go directly to a specialist, you are responsible for verifying that the specialist is participating in our Plan. If your participating specialist refers you to another provider, you are responsible for verifying that the other specialist is participating in our Plan.
How we pay providers
We contract with individual physicians, medical groups, and hospitals to provide the benefits in this brochure. These Plan providers accept a negotiated payment from us, and you will only be responsible for your cost-sharing (copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and non-covered services and supplies).
This is a direct contract prepayment Plan, which means that participating providers are neither agents nor employees of the Plan; rather, they are independent doctors and providers who practice in their own offices or facilities. The Plan arranges with licensed providers and hospitals to provide medical services for both the prevention of disease and the treatment of illness and injury for benefits covered under the Plan.
Specialists, hospitals, primary care physicians and other providers in the Aetna network have agreed to be compensated in various ways:
- Per individual service (fee-for-service at contracted rates),
- Per hospital day (per diem contracted rates),
- Under capitation methods (a certain amount per member, per month), and
- By Integrated Delivery Systems (“IDS”), Independent Practice Associations (“IPAs”), Physician Medical Groups (“PMGs”), Physician Hospital Organizations (“PHOs”), behavioral health organizations and similar provider organizations or groups that are paid by Aetna; the organization or group pays the physician or facility directly. In such arrangements, that group or organization has a financial incentive to control the costs of providing care.
One of the purposes of managed care is to manage the cost of health care. Incentives in compensation arrangements with physicians and health care providers are one method by which Aetna attempts to achieve this goal. You are encouraged to ask your physicians and other providers how they are compensated for their services.
Your rights and responsibilities
OPM requires that all FEHB plans provide certain information to their FEHB members. You may get information about us, our networks, providers, and facilities. OPM’s FEHB website (www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance) lists the specific types of information that we must make available to you. Some of the required information is listed below.
- Aetna has been in existence since 1850
- Aetna is a for-profit organization
You are also entitled to a wide range of consumer protections and have specific responsibilities as a member of this Plan. You can view the complete list of these rights and responsibilities by visiting our website, www.aetnafeds.com. You can also contact us to request that we mail a copy to you.
If you want more information about us, call 800-537-9384 or write to Aetna at P.O. Box 550, Blue Bell, PA 19422-0550. You may also visit our website at www.aetnafeds.com.
By law, you have the right to access your protected health information (PHI). For more information regarding access to PHI, visit our website at www.aetnafeds.com to obtain our Notice of Privacy Practices. You can also contact us to request that we mail you a copy of that Notice.
Your medical and claims records are confidential
We will keep your medical and claims records confidential. Please note that we may disclose your medical and claims information (including your prescription drug utilization) to any of your treating physicians or dispensing pharmacies.
“Medical necessity” means that the service or supply is provided by a physician or other health care provider exercising prudent clinical judgment for the purpose of preventing, evaluating, diagnosing or treating an illness, injury or disease or its symptoms, and that provision of the service or supply is:
- In accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice; and,
- Clinically appropriate in accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice in terms of type, frequency, extent, site and duration, and considered effective for the illness, injury or disease; and,
- Not primarily for the convenience of you, or for the physician or other health care provider; and,
- Not more costly than an alternative service or sequence of services at least as likely to produce equivalent therapeutic or diagnostic results as to the diagnosis or treatment of the illness, injury or disease.
For these purposes, “generally accepted standards of medical practice,” means standards that are based on credible scientific evidence published in peer-reviewed medical literature generally recognized by the relevant medical community, or otherwise consistent with physician specialty society recommendations and the views of physicians practicing in relevant clinical areas and any other relevant factors.
Only medical directors make decisions denying coverage for services for reasons of medical necessity. Coverage denial letters for such decisions delineate any unmet criteria, standards and guidelines, and inform the provider and member of the appeal process.
Mental Health/Substance Abuse
Behavioral health services (e.g., treatment or care for mental disease or illness, alcohol abuse and/or substance abuse) are managed by Aetna Behavioral Health. We also make initial coverage determinations and coordinate referrals, if required; any behavioral health care referrals will generally be made to providers affiliated with the organization, unless your needs for covered services extend beyond the capability of these providers. As with other coverage determinations, you may appeal behavioral health care coverage decisions in accordance with the terms of your health plan.
We conduct ongoing reviews of those services and supplies which are recommended or provided by health professionals to determine whether such services and supplies are covered benefits under this Plan. If we determine that the recommended services and supplies are not covered benefits, you will be notified. If you wish to appeal such determination, you may then contact us to seek a review of the determination.
Certain services and supplies under this Plan may require authorization by us to determine if they are covered benefits under this Plan. See section 3, "You need prior plan approval for certain services."
We have developed a patient management program to assist in determining what health care services are covered and payable under the health plan and the extent of such coverage and payment. The program assists members in receiving appropriate health care and maximizing coverage for those health care services.
Where such use is appropriate, our utilization review/patient management staff uses nationally recognized guidelines and resources, such as Milliman Care Guidelines© and InterQual® ISD criteria, to guide the precertification, concurrent review and retrospective review processes. To the extent certain utilization review/patient management functions are delegated to integrated delivery systems, independent practice associations or other provider groups (“Delegates”), such Delegates utilize criteria that they deem appropriate.