- Participating Physician Groups (PPG)
To comply with the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the California Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Program, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB), and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Health Net requires information from its providers on members' use of health services.
Capitated participating physician groups (PPGs), hospitals and ancillary providers are required to provide complete encounter data about professional services rendered to Health Net members. These services include office visits; X-rays; laboratory tests; surgical procedures; anesthesia; physician visits to the hospital; inpatient, outpatient, emergency room, out-of-area, or skilled nursing facility (SNF) services; and all professional referral services. Capitated participating facilities (and physician groups with dual-risk contracts) are required to provide encounter data no less than monthly about institutionally-based services rendered to Health Net members.
Encounter data submissions must include all member-paid cost-share amounts, such as copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, applicable to the member's benefit. In addition, any rejected encounter data must be corrected and resubmitted in order for complete information and correct member-paid cost-share amounts to be captured and accumulated. Encounter data submission is also an integral part of the Health Net Quality of Care Improvement Program (QCIP) (applicable only for HMO and Point of Service (POS) products) and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). Refer to the Quality Improvement (QI) topic for more information about QCIP.