Our quality standards
Our quality standards: Striving to do better, every day
Healthy Blue of Nebraska maintains a quality program. We watch the care and services provided to members.
Healthy Blue of Nebraska aims to give quality healthcare for our members. We review the services our members get from Healthy Blue of Nebraska and your provider. We do this through outside tools.
In previous years, the Quality Department has shown improvement in:
- More children receiving yearly well-child visits.
- More members able to get an appointment as soon as needed.
- More providers talking about tobacco usage with their patients.
These tools can help you make the best decisions about your care:
You can learn more about our work by viewing the quality portion in your member handbook.
To let us know how Healthy Blue of Nebraska can improve, please call 833-388-1405 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.
Care and disease management: Helping you manage all the moving pieces
Health care can be overwhelming. Our care managers can help make it easier. Your doctors know how to help you with your care. It really helps if you know how to care for yourself, too. That’s what our care managers can help you do.
We offer many types of services to Healthy Blue members. Your care manager works with you and your doctor to set up a plan of care. You may already be working with a care manager and know how to contact them.
If you think you need care management services or need help contacting your care manager, call Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711).
Our care managers may also call if:
- You or your doctor think care management might help you.
- You just got out of the hospital and need help with follow-up visits to other doctors.
- You are going to the emergency room (ER) often for non-urgent care that could be handled by your doctor.
- You call our 24-Hour Nurse HelpLine and need more follow-up for ongoing care.
- You have serious physical problems and need more help.
- You have behavioral health problems and need more help working with all of your doctors.
Your care manager can also help with:
- Setting up health care services.
- Getting referrals and prior authorizations (approvals).
- Checking your plan of care.
If we call you, a nurse or social worker will:
- Always identify themselves with their name, title and position with Healthy Blue.
- Tell you about what we offer.
- Talk to you about your health and how you are handling different parts of your life.
Utilization Management: How we make choices on care and services
Sometimes, we need to make choices about how we pay for care and services. This is called Utilization Management (UM).
Our UM program:
- Looks at what, when and how much of our services are medically needed.
- Always strives for the best possible health outcomes for our members.
Our UM program does not:
- Tell doctors to withhold or give you fewer services, limiting or denying care.
- Stop certain people from getting services.
- Reward doctors for limiting or denying care.
Getting in touch with our Utilization Management staff
Some Healthy Blue services and benefits need prior approval. This means your doctor must ask Healthy Blue to approve the services they want you to have. Emergency care does not need prior approval.
Our Utilization Review team looks at approval requests. The team decides if:
- The service is medically needed.
- The service is one that is included in your Healthy Blue benefits.
What should you do if Healthy Blue won’t approve care you think you need?
You or your doctor can ask us to take another look. We will let you and your doctor know when we get your request. You can ask us to take another look at services that:
- Are not approved.
- Have been limited in the amount or length of time from what was requested.
Do you have questions about an approval or a denial you got?
Call Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711). Our Utilization Review team or your care manager can help answer your questions.
You have the right to ask for an appeal if you do not agree with our decision to deny or reduce a service. An appeal is when you ask us to look again at the care we denied to make sure we made the right decision. Learn more about your appeal rights.
Your opinion matters!
Every year, we survey our members about the benefits we offer. If you get a survey in the mail, by email or phone, please complete it. Help us make your plan better.
New technology in medicine and care
To make sure we are always using the latest medical treatment and equipment to help you feel your best, our medical director and doctors look at all the latest medical changes. They look at:
- Medical treatment and services.
- Behavioral health treatment and services.
They also look at the most up-to-date medical and scientific writings. With all this data, they consider:
- If the changes are safe and helpful.
- If these changes offer the same or better results than what is used today.
This work is done to help us decide if a new treatment or care should be added to your benefits.
You have rights and responsibilities
As a Healthy Blue member, you have rights and responsibilities. They are listed in your member handbook. Do you need a free printed copy of your member handbook? Call Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711).
Your benefits and how to get medical care
Are you looking to learn more about our services and benefits? Grab your member handbook! You can read about:
- Preventive health care: Find out how to help prevent many health issues and how to live a healthier life.
- Preventive health care for women: Learn how to get access to women’s health specialists for regular and preventive health care services.
- Benefits and access to care: Find out more about your benefits and how to get medical care.
- Language help: Learn how to get our information in the language you use at home.
- Pharmacy: Find out about your benefits and how to get the medicines you need.
- Free care management services: Partner with a care manager to help you manage a serious health condition. A referral is not needed for care management services.
- Member rights and responsibilities: Read about your rights and responsibilities.
- Notice of Privacy Practices: Learn more about how we keep your private information safe.
- Medical necessity: Find out how we decide if care is right for you based on the right coverage and correct levels of care and service.
- Advance directives: Learn more about your right to use an advance directive (living will), to have one on file or on hand if you cannot tell others about the care you want to keep you alive. Your doctor has advance directive forms and more information.
Behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder services)
Sometimes, dealing with all of the tasks of a home and family can lead to stress. Stress can lead to depression and anxiety. It can lead to marriage, family and/or parenting problems. Stress can also lead to alcohol and drug use.
If you or a family member are having these kinds of problems, you can get help. Call Healthy Blue Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. You can get the name of a behavioral health specialist who will see you if you need one. You can also find a provider with our Find a Doctor tool or by viewing the provider directory.
Your benefits include many medically needed services, such as:
- Inpatient behavioral health services.
- Residential behavioral health services.
- Outpatient behavioral health services.
- Partial hospitalization.
- Treatment and rehabilitative services.
See your member handbook to learn more about your benefits.
You do not need a referral from your primary care provider (PCP) to see a behavioral health specialist in your plan.
There are some treatments and services your behavioral health specialist must ask Healthy Blue to approve before you can get them. Your doctor will be able to tell you what they are.
If you have questions about referrals and when you need one, contact Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711).
Our Notice of Privacy Practices
The notice tells you about how we may use and share your health data. It also tells you how to get this data. The notice follows the Privacy Rule set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). View the Notice of Privacy Practices or find it in your member handbook. Call Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711) if you want a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices mailed to you.
Not a kid anymore? It may be time for a new PCP or behavioral health provider.
It is important for you to get the right care from your providers. As an adult, you can choose to change from a provider who specializes in care for children or teens to a provider who focuses on treating adults. This includes providers for physical and behavioral health. We can help if you want to change. We can also help you transfer your medical records.
Start by asking your current PCP or behavioral health provider for a recommendation for a new adult PCP or behavioral health provider. We are here to help, too. You can change your PCP or behavioral health provider at any time. It is easy with our Change PCP tool. Or call Member Services at 833-388-1405 (TTY 711).