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EMERGENCY CARE

WHAT IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

A medical emergency is defined as follows: A medical or behavioral condition the onset of which is sudden, that manifests itself by symptoms of sufficient severity, including severe pain, that a prudent layperson, possessing an average knowledge of medicine and health, could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in:

> placing the health of the afflicted Member with such condition in serious jeopardy, or, in the case of a behavioral condition, placing the health of such Member or others in serious jeopardy;

> serious impairment to the Member´┐Żs bodily functions;

> serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part of such Member; or

> serious disfigurement of such Member.

emergencies do not require prior authorization

Some examples of Medical Emergencies are:

* Severe Chest Pains * Shortness of Breath

* Loss of Consciousness * Uncontrolled Breathing

* Poisoning

Some examples of situations that are usually NOT Medical Emergencies:

* Earaches * Pink Eye

* Fatigue * Sprains & Strains

* Poison Ivy * Colds, Coughs, & Sore Throats

EMERGENCY SERVICES WITHIN THE SERVICE AREA:

AHP covers emergency services one hundred percent (100%), after applicable copayments. The following guidelines should be followed for services to be covered.

If you believe that you or a covered family member has a medical emergency:

~ Go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911 if the condition warrants it.

~ Call your Primary Care Provider within forty-eight (48) hours after the emergency visit, or as soon as is reasonably possible.

´┐Ż Your PCP, or covering provider, is available for emergency consultation (24) hours a day, (7) days a week, to include holidays.

´┐Ż Your PCP will coordinate or provide follow-up care that you may require after your emergency visit. If you return to the hospital for follow-up care without a written referral from your Primary Care Provider, AHP will not be responsible for the bill.

´┐Ż If your PCP gave the emergency facility a telephone authorization for treatment, and if the emergency facility documents that authorization on your medical record, AHP will cover the service. If however, there is no documentation from your Primary Care Provider, Atlantis Health Plan will make a determination as to whether or not the situation was an emergency, based on your medical records from the emergency facility. You will be responsible for all charges for care that does not meet the definition of an emergency as stated above.

EMERGENCY SERVICES OUTSIDE OF THE SERVICE AREA:

As an AHP member, you are covered for emergency care, for as long as the emergency exists, even if the emergency happens outside of the service area. If you have an emergency situation outside of the AHP service area, you should do the following.

> Seek treatment at the nearest emergency facility
> Call your Primary Care Provider and AHP as soon as possible
> Get a written referral for any follow-up care that needs to be provided

REMEMBER:

* The back of your Atlantis Membership Identification card has the telephone number where emergency providers can call if there are questions about your coverage * Atlantis will encourage them to bill the plan directly * However, if it is necessary for you to pay for the services, and you believe that it is the responsibility of Atlantis Health Plan, please refer to the section on ´┐ŻSubmitting Claims´┐Ż in this handbook.

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