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Required lead time when updating your provider information  

December 17, 2018    

Independence would like to remind you that submitting changes in a timely manner helps to ensure prompt payment of claims, delivery of critical communications, seamless recredentialing, and accurate listings in our provider directories. In accordance with your Provider Agreement (Agreement), the Provider Manual for Participating Professional Providers (Provider Manual) and/or the Hospital Manual for Participating Hospitals, Ancillary Facilities, and Ancillary Providers (Hospital Manual), as applicable, you are required to notify Independence whenever key provider demographic information changes.

Professional providers

As outlined in the Administrative Procedures section of the Provider Manual, Independence requires 30 days advance written notice to process most updates, with the exceptions noted below:

  • 30-day notice. Independence requires 30 days advance written notice for the following changes/updates to your practice information:
    • updates to address, office hours, total hours, phone number, or fax number;
    • changes in selection of capitated providers (HMO primary care physicians [PCP] only);
    • addition of new providers to your group (either newly credentialed or participating);
    • changes to hospital affiliation;
    • changes that affect availability to patients (e.g., opening your panel to new patients).
  • 60-day notice. Independence requires 60 days advance written notice for closure of a PCP practice or panel to additional patients.
  • 90-day notice. Independence requires 90 days advance written notice for resignation and/or termination from our network.

Submitting updates and/or changes*

Professional providers can use the Provider File Management transaction on the NaviNet® web portal to submit specific updates to their Independence provider record. These updates include:

  • Add/Delete a participating practitioner to/from an existing practice
  • Add/Delete an address (i.e., doing business as [DBA], check, mailing, main, or practice)
  • Add/Delete contact name, title, or communication device type/number
  • Add/Delete office hours
  • Update “Walk-in” acceptance status
  • Update Patient and Appointment Options (i.e., accepting new patients)
  • Update General Practice Availability (i.e., Urgent, Routine Visits, etc.)
  • Update Member Access number (i.e., the telephone number that appears on the member’s identification card – which must be the location-specific telephone number for a patient to make an appointment)
  • Update Electronic Medical Records (EMR) status
  • Update the availability of other clinical staff (i.e., midwife, nurse practitioner, etc.)
  • Update office accessibility and services (i.e., handicapped, parking, and communication and language services)

The Provider File Management transaction is not intended for use by facilities, skilled nursing facilities, ancillary providers, or providers contracted with Magellan Healthcare, Inc. (Magellan), an independent company.

Important information on updating your provider record

Providers are strongly encouraged to use the Provider File Management transaction to update provider records. If Independence receives provider record updates that can be submitted using the Provider File Management transaction, a member of our eBusiness team may contact that provider to assist them in using the transaction to make the necessary updates. This will allow our team to receive user feedback on the transaction and help improve the overall user experience for our network.

Provider File Management Guide is available to assist you in navigating this transaction and ensure accurate submissions. The guide is available in the NaviNet Resources section. If you have any further questions on this transaction, please contact the eBusiness Hotline at 215-640-7410.

If your request is not eligible to be completed through the Provider File Management transaction, please submit a Provider Change Form. Please be sure to print clearly, provide complete information, and attach additional documentation as necessary. Mail your completed Provider Change Form to:

    Independence Blue Cross
    Attn: Network Administration
    P.O. Box 41431
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-1431

You can also fax the completed form to Network Administration at 215-238-2275. Please be sure to keep a confirmation of your fax.

Note: The Provider Change Form cannot be used if you are closing your practice or terminating from the network. Refer to “Resignation/termination from the Independence network” in the Administrative Procedures section of the Provider Manual for more information regarding these policies and procedures.

Facility and ancillary providers

As outlined in the Administrative Procedures section of the Hospital Manual, Independence requires 30 days advance written notice to process updates to address, phone number, or fax number, as well as change in ownership.

Submitting updates and/or changes*

Notice of all changes must be submitted in writing to our contracting and legal departments at the following addresses, or as provided in your Agreement:

    Independence Blue Cross
    Attn: Vice President, Total Value Contracting and Reimbursement
    1901 Market Street, 27th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Independence Blue Cross
    Attn: Deputy General Counsel, Managed Care
    1901 Market Street, 43rd Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

Authorizing signature and W-9 Forms

Updates resulting in a change on your W-9 Form (e.g., changes to a provider’s name, tax ID number, billing vendor or “pay to” address, or ownership) require the following signatures:

  • For professional providers:
    • Group practices: A signature from a legally authorized representative (e.g., physician or other person who signed the Agreement or one who is legally authorized to bind the group practice) of the practice is required.
    • Solo practitioners: A signature from the individual practitioner is required.
  • For facility and ancillary providers: Written notification on company letterhead is required.

An updated copy of your W-9 Form reflecting these changes must also be included to ensure that we provide you with a correct 1099 Form for your tax purposes. If you do not submit a copy of your new W-9 Form, your change will not be processed.

Independence will not be responsible for changes not processed due to lack of proper notice. Failure to provide proper advanced written notice to Independence may delay or otherwise affect provider payment.

If you have questions related to updating your provider information, please email us at provider_communications@ibx.com.

*To ensure appropriate setup in Independence systems, the same time frames also apply to behavioral health providers contracted with Magellan. Behavioral health providers must submit any changes to their practice information to Magellan via their online Provider Data Change form by selecting the “Display/Edit Practice Info” link.

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Magellan Healthcare, Inc. manages mental health and substance abuse benefits for most Independence members.

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