Clear Coverage High Technology Radiology Prior Authorizations

The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise will be implementing an online prior authorization (PA) system, McKesson's Clear CoverageTM, available on March 1, 2010, for certain elective outpatient high technology radiologic tests. For tests provided on or after March 1, 2010, a Prior Authorization must be obtained by the ordering provider. The ordering provider must give the PA number to the radiology provider for inclusion on the claim.

Prior authorization will not be required for procedures that occur during inpatient hospital or emergency room visits. Iowa Medicaid will identify these claims by having a place of service 21 or 23 on a CMS-1500 or the inclusion of revenue code 45X on UB04 claims indicating services were provided in the emergency room. For more detailed information about the High Technology Radiology Prior Authorization initiative please review Informational Letter No. 876.

Note on authorization turnaround time: the anticipated turnaround time for 95% of pended prior authorizations is a maximum of 10 days but  typically average around 3 to 5 business days.  Requests that meet the medical criteria in Clear Coverage are approved automatically in the system.

Click on the "Incomplete" button on the right side of the page to launch the Medical Review Questions. You may have to use the scroll bar to the far right to see the "Incomplete" button. Answering the medical review questions makes it possible for the system to auto-approve requests in many situations. See page 16 of the Clear Coverage Training Manual.



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