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Peer-to-Peer Process

Magellan Healthcare’s Peer-to-Peer Process

What to expect when calling in for a peer-to-peer discussion:

  • A peer-to-peer discussion may be initiated at any time during the authorization process by calling the same number to initiate a prior authorization request. *
  • A peer-to-peer discussion may not be necessary if the requested clinical documentation is sent prior to contacting Magellan Healthcare.
  • A peer-to-peer may be initiated by the office staff (non-clinical), but the case discussion must be conducted by a licensed clinician from the provider’s office.
  • Ad hoc peer-to-peer discussions are available for the Advanced Imaging, Cardiac and Interventional Pain Management (IPM) programs. For these programs, plan to call a few minutes prior to licensed clinician’s availability to provide necessary member and case information.
    • This information will need to be provided before the call is transferred to an appropriate clinical reviewer that is specific to the case and modality.
  • Peer-to-peer discussions must be scheduled for Physical Medicine, MSK and Radiation Oncology. At least two convenient callback times will need to be provided to accommodate the licensed clinician’s schedule.
  • The case will then be discussed, including any additional information that may be necessary for the case to meet medical necessity. *
  • Verbal clarification of clinical information from the medical records that were submitted may be discussed during the peer-to-peer. Examples include clarification of conflicting information in the notes or typographical errors.
  • Any new information necessary to approve the request must be submitted in writing by uploading to RadMD.com or faxing to 1-800-784-6864 before a new determination can be made. *
  • If the case cannot be approved following the peer-to-peer or with additional information; the ordering/rendering provider is asked to follow the appeal instructions provided within the denial notification.

If you would like to provide feedback regarding a peer-to-peer discussion, please contact your Magellan Healthcare dedicated Provider Relations Manager.

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* This discussion may be for consultation purposes only if the re-review, reconsideration or re-open timeframe has expired or the case has a final determination and re-review, reconsideration or re-open is not available. If re-review, reconsideration or re-open is not available, providers must follow appeal instructions in the denial notification. Please confirm with the health plan if re-review, reconsideration or re-open is available.