UHC Implements Stricter Notification Requirements for Out-of-Network Laboratory Referrals


UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced in its January 2018 Network Bulletin that it will begin enforcing stricter notification requirements related to out-of-network laboratory referrals. According to the bulletin, physicians wishing to utilize an out-of-network laboratory will be required to obtain a completed UHC Member Advance Notice Form from patients authorizing the referral to the non-participating laboratory. The new policy does not apply to emergencies. 

More information regarding this change can be found in the UnitedHealthcare Administrative Guide 2018 located on the UHCProvider.com website. Providers can also contact UHC at (866) 574-6088 for additional information.