Please note, failure to obtain authorization may result in administrative claim denials. Sunflower Health Plan providers are contractually prohibited from holding any member financially liable for any service administratively denied by Sunflower Health Plan for the failure of the provider to obtain timely authorization.
Check to see if a pre-authorization is necessary by using our online tool.
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No Referrals Needed
As the Medical Home, PCPs should coordinate all healthcare services for Sunflower Health Plan members. Paper referrals are not required to direct a member to a specialist within our participating network of providers. All out of network services (excluding ER and family planning) require prior authorization. PCPs should track receipt of consult notes from the specialist provider and maintain these notes within the patient’s medical record.
Some services require prior authorization from Sunflower Health Plan in order for reimbursement to be issued to the provider. See our Prior Authorization List, which will be posted soon, or use our Prior Authorization Prescreen tool.
Standard prior authorization requests should be submitted for medical necessity review at least five (5) business days before the scheduled service delivery date or as soon as the need for service is identified.
Authorization requests may be submitted by fax, phone or secure web portal and should include all necessary clinical information. Urgent requests for prior authorization should be called in as soon as the need is identified.
Using the fax forms located in the Provider Resources section of this website, you may fax requests to:
- Inpatient Fax Form: 1-888-453-4316
- Outpatient Medical Services: 1-888-453-4316
- Concurrent Review – Clinicals: 1-877-213-7732
- Admissions/Face Sheet/Census: 1-866-965-5433
- PT/ST/OT Outpatient and Home Services: 1-866-264-4452
- Behavioral Health Services: 1-866-264-4452
- High Tech Imaging Services (CT, MRI) are authorized by National Imaging Associates at www.radmd.com
Emergency Room and Post Stabilization Services Never Require Prior Authorization
Sunflower Health Plan’s Medical Management department hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8a.m. - 5p.m. (excluding holidays). After normal business hours, NurseWise staff is available to answer questions and intake requests for prior authorization. Emergent and post-stabilization services do not require prior authorization. Urgent/emergent admissions require notification within one (1) business day following the admit date.
We will process most routine authorizations within five business days. If we need additional clinical information or the case needs to be reviewed by the Medical Director it may take up to 14 calendar days to be notified of the determination. Authorization determinations may be communicated to the provider by fax, phone, secure email, or secure web portal.