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Open Access

As part of our commitment to making our health plans easier to use, we’ve introduced “open access” for our HMO and Point-of-Service (POS) members. Open access gives members direct access to in-network physician specialists without a referral from their primary care physician (PCP). 
Although members must still select a PCP, they may visit any physician specialist in our extensive HMO Colorado provider network simply by scheduling an appointment directly with that specialist. Point-of-Service (POS) members are not required to obtain a referral when visiting an out-of-network physician specialist but will pay a greater share of the cost for this type of visit. 
Although in-network physician specialist visits do not require a referral for HMO or POS members, preauthorization requirements remain the same. Preauthorization is required for:  
Overnight stays at a facility, such as a hospital or rehabilitation facility, or continued stays past the number of days authorized.
Emergency admissions. HMO members must notify their health plan within one business day, if reasonably possible, after being admitted to a hospital.
Surgical procedures, radiology services, and occupational, physical and speech therapies.
Behavioral health (mental health) care and alcohol/chemical dependency rehabilitation services. You or your provider must call Anthem Behavioral Health toll free at 800-424-4012 to obtain preauthorization or otherwise coordinate these services.
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members still must obtain a referral from their PCP for any physician specialist visit.  
We encourage members to continue consulting their PCP to coordinate their health care and for referral recommendations. PCPs help ensure quality and consistency in our members’ overall health care. 

This plan overview is intended to be a brief outline of coverage. All terms and conditions of coverage, including benefits and exclusions, are contained in the certificate and Health Plan Description Form, which shall control in the event of a conflict with this overview.

For More Information:
Referrals and Preauthorization FAQ for Members
Referrals and Precertification
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