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Reminder: Annual Provider Appointment Availability Survey

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Each year, the Alliance administers the Provider Appointment Availability Survey (PAAS) to assess our network’s ability to provide care within timely access standards. The Alliance realizes the many challenges faced by providers during these unprecedented times, and that access to care has been heavily impacted by our current environment. We are committed to conducting outreach that is as minimally impactful to the daily operations of your office as possible.

The Alliance also recognizes the different modalities of care utilized by providers this year, including telephonic appointments. Please note that such telehealth appointments do demonstrate the means to provide timely access to care, and should be included in your responses, if available.

The Alliance will be launching the PAAS for 2020 in early October. You will receive the survey initially by email, and then by phone if no response is received within 5 business days. Please encourage reception staff to participate in survey calls and be aware that you may receive requests to complete the PAAS survey from multiple health plans.

Specific guidelines for timely access to care are outlined in Alliance Policy 401-1509 – Timely Access to Care and Alliance Policy 300-8030 – Monitoring Network Compliance with Accessibility Standards, which can be found in the Alliance Provider Manual at www.ccah-alliance.org/provider-manual-toc.html.

Timely access standards monitored through the PAAS include the following:

Urgent Care Appointments Wait Times
Services that do not require prior authorization 48 hours
Specialty services that require prior authorization 96 hours
Non-Urgent Care Appointments Wait Times
Non-Physician Mental Health Providers and Primary Care (including first prenatal and preventive visits) 10 business days
Specialist and Ancillary Appointments 15 business days
Physical Therapy or Mammography appointment for the diagnosis or treatment of injury, illness, or other health condition 15 business days

Thank you for your participation in this year’s PAAS. If you have questions, please contact an Alliance Provider Relations Representative at (800) 700-3874 ext. 5504.