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Medical Insurance Overview

City of Hope National Medical Center - Duarte (Main Campus)
 
City of Hope contracts with most major Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) for hospital services. In addition, City of Hope is a participating provider in government programs such as Medicare, MediCal and Tricare/Champus.
 
Insurance coverage will vary depending upon your insurance company, your plan and the state in which you live. Please speak with a representative from your insurance company to ensure that your treatment is covered. Your insurance company can also tell you about any applicable co-payments or deductibles for which you will be responsible.
 
Other important numbers:

  • City of Hope Financial Support Services: 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 80258
  • City of Hope Managed Care Department: 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 86850
 
 
For questions about our community practice sites' medical insurance coverage, please call 626-775-3200. View a list of physician (Medical Foundation) providers.

Is My Insurance Accepted at City of Hope - Duarte?

For questions related to your specific coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly. You can find that phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book. You can also call City of Hope New Patient Services at 800-826-HOPE (4673).

The following is a list of insurance companies which cover care at City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte campus) and City of Hope Physicians (Medical Foundation). City of Hope National Medical Center contracts for hospital/technical services only. City of Hope Medical Foundation contracts for physician services rendered at City of Hope National Medical Center and in our community practice sites.
 
You can also find out what, if any, co-payments and deductibles will be your responsibility. Please note that although we strive to keep this information current, it is subject to change without notice.

If you wish to receive treatment at a City of Hope location or with a City of Hope physician but your insurance plan does not cover care at City of Hope, contact your insurance company and ask about obtaining authorization to receive treatment here.
 
Every medical situation - and every insurance plan - is different, and there is no guarantee that coverage can be secured. But it is reasonable to make this request, and to ask your insurance company to review the matter with City of Hope directly.
 
 
City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte)
Contracted Insurance Companies
(Coverage of hospital/technical services)
City of Hope Physicians (Medical Foundation)
Contracted Insurance Companies and Medical Groups (Coverage of physicians' professional services and care at Duarte and Community Practice Sites)

*Indicates insurance plans
 
Benefit Panel Services PPO
Benefit Panel Services (Multiplan) PPO
Blue Distinction Center for Transplant BMT
Care 1st Health Plan
Envisioncare Triage-Advocates, Inc.
Great West Health Plan
Inland Empire Health Plan
LA Care Health Plan
LA Foundation for Medical Care PPO
LifeTrac Transplant Network BMT
Applecare Medical Group
Bright Medical Associates
Bristol Park Medical Group
Care 1st Health Plan
Coachella Valley Physicians of Prime Care
*Coventry Health PPO
*First Health Network PPO

Greater Covina Medical Group
Inland Empire Health Plan
Molina Medical Group
Monarch Healthcare Medical Group
Multiplan
Nuestra Familia Medical Group
*PacifiCare of California BMT
*PacifiCare of California PPO
Pegasus Medical Group
Physician Associates of Greater San Gabriel Valley

Physicians Healthways IPA
 








 
 

Covered California Health Exchange

 
City of Hope National Medical Center (which provides hospital services at the Duarte location) and City of Hope Medical Foundation (which bills for physician services) are participating in certain plans through the Affordable Care Act and the California health benefit exchange called Covered California. The information below applies to new individual and family plans purchased within or outside of Covered California to be effective on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Only the Anthem Blue Cross EPO and PPO plans are in-network for both hospital and physician services.

Anthem Blue Cross
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): in-network for EPO and PPO plans
     
  • Foundation: in-network for EPO and PPO plans
     
  • Medical Center (Duarte) and Foundation are considered in-network for blood and marrow transplant services.

Blue Shield of California
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): out of network for EPO and PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still access City of Hope, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense. Please contact Blue Shield of California for more information. There are no out-of-network benefits for the EPO plan.)
     
  • Foundation: out of network for EPO and PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still have access to Foundation, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense.  Please contact Blue Shield of California for more information. There are no out-of-network benefits for the EPO plan.)
     
  • Medical Center (Duarte) and Foundation are considered in-network for blood and marrow transplant services.
 
Health Net
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): out of network for PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still access City of Hope, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense. Please contact Health Net for more information)

  • Foundation: in-network for PPO plans
 
To learn more about the exchange, visit www.coveredca.com or call 888-975-1142.
 
For questions related to your specific coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly.
 
If you have additional questions, you may call 800-826-HOPE (4673).
 

Community Practices

City of Hope Medical Foundation contracts for physician services rendered at City of Hope community practice sites.
 
Please note that although we strive to keep this information current, it is subject to change without notice. For questions related to your specific coverage at one of our sites, please contact your insurance provider directly. You can find that phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book. Your insurance company can also tell you about any applicable co-payments or deductibles for which you will be responsible. If you wish to receive treatment at a City of Hope location or with a City of Hope physician but your insurance plan does not cover care at City of Hope, contact your insurance company and ask about obtaining authorization to receive treatment.
 
For questions regarding our community practice sites' medical insurance coverage, please call 626-775-3200.
 
Medical Foundation providers for physicians' professional services only
 
Contracted Insurance Companies and Medical Groups
*Indicates insurance plans
Applecare Medical Group
Bright Medical Associates
Bristol Park Medical Group
Care 1st Health Plan
Coachella Valley Physicians of Prime Care
*Coventry Health PPO
*First Health Network PPO
Greater Covina Medical Group
HealthCare Partners
Inland Empire Health Plan
Molina Medical Group
Monarch Healthcare Medical Group
Multiplan
Nuestra Familia Medical Group
*PacifiCare of California BMT
*PacifiCare of California PPO
Pegasus Medical Group
Physician Associates of Greater San Gabriel Valley

Physicians Healthways IPA
 
;

Glossary of Terms

Ambulatory Care
Health care services that do not require hospitalization of a patient, such as those delivered at a physician’s office, clinic, medical center or outpatient facility.
 
Authorization
An authorization is the approval of care, such as for a hospitalization. Authorizations can be granted by health plans, hospitals or medical groups, depending on who is financially responsible for the health services to be rendered.
 
Clinical Trials
Scientifically controlled research studies involving people. Such studies are used to determine the effectiveness of a new treatment or pharmaceutical, or to compare standard medications or procedures with others that may be equal or better.
 
Coinsurance
Portion of covered health care costs for which the covered person has a financial responsibility, usually according to a fixed percentage. Often coinsurance applies after meeting a deductible requirement.
 
Coordination of Benefits
Provision that applies when a person is covered by more than one insurance plan. Coordination of benefits requires that payment of benefits be coordinated by all plans in order to eliminate over-insurance or duplication of benefits.
 
Co-Payment
Cost-sharing arrangement in which the insured person pays a specified share of the charge for a specified service, such as $10 for an office visit. The insured person is usually responsible for payment at the time the health care is rendered.
 
Deductible
Amount of eligible expense an insured person must pay from his/her own pocket before the insurance company will pay for eligible benefits.
 
HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
A healthcare service plan that requires its subscribers or members, except in a medical emergency, to use the services of designated physicians, hospitals or other providers of medical care.
 
IPA (Independent Practice Association)
A group of physicians that contracts for services with insurance plans.
 
Knox-Keene Act
This legislation provides protection to patients through a variety of requirements imposed on HMOs in California. Requirements cover services and characteristics such as marketing, financial, administrative, access and quality assurance.
 
MediCal
California’s version of Medicaid, this federal health insurance program is administered and operated individually by participating state and territorial governments. It provides medical benefits to eligible low-income and disabled persons needing health care. The federal and state governments share the program costs.
 
MediCal Managed Care
MediCal benefits for which the eligible person must choose a Primary Care Physician who manages all care provided to the eligible person via treatment or referrals for treatment by specialists. Patients who do not follow the prescribed guidelines are responsible for all charges associated with that episode of care and are not covered by the state MediCal program.
 
Medicare
Federally administered health insurance program that covers the cost of hospitalization, medical care and some related services for eligible persons. Medicare has two parts: PART “A” covers inpatient services, nursing home care, home health care, and hospice care; PART “B” covers outpatient services, physician services, medical equipment and supplies. Medicare covers those individuals 65 years or older and younger disabled people and dialysis patients.
 
Medi-Medi
Refers to those individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and MediCal programs.
 
Non-Covered Services
Those services not covered by benefits policy.
 
Out-of-Network
Any insured person who receives care from a provider not holding a contract with the insured person’s insurance company is receiving services out-of-network. When a patient receives care out-of-network, he or she may be financially responsible for the care provided to them.
 
PCP (Primary Care Physician)
Physician whose practice is devoted to internal medicine, family/general practice or pediatrics.
 
POS (Point of Service)
Option offered by a health plan allowing the covered person to choose to receive a service from a participating or non-participating provider, with different benefit levels associated with the use of each.
 
PPO (Preferred Provider Organization)
An arrangement whereby a third-party payer contracts with a group of medical care providers who furnish services at lower-than-usual fees and in return guarantees a certain volume of patients.
 
Payor or Payer
A health plan, medical group, hospital, employer, individual or other entity that is financially responsible for payment of health care services.
 
Premium
The amount paid to an insurance carrier or health plan for providing insurance coverage under a contract.
 
Provider
In this document, provider refers to physician, hospital, nurse, pharmacy or any individual or group of individuals that provides a health care service.
 
*Most of the terms and definitions herein were taken from the Aventis Managed Healthcare: A Reference Guide.
 

Contacting Managed Care

Managed Care Inquiries
If you have additional questions, you may either email us at sdesbiens@coh.org or contact the Managed Care Department at 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 86850.

Please note that we are unable to answer questions about your specific benefits or medical coverage. For those inquiries, use the phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book to call your managed care organization or insurance company directly.
 
Billing Inquiries
For questions about a bill from City of Hope National Medical Center (to cover hospital/technical services), please call Patient Financial Services at 800-270-HOPE (4673).
 
For questions about a bill from the City of Hope Medical Foundation (to cover physician/professional services), please call the Medical Foundation at 626-775-3200.
 
For information on becoming a patient at City of Hope, please email becomingapatient@coh.org, or call New Patient Services at 800-826-HOPE (4673).
 

Medical Insurance

Medical Insurance Overview

City of Hope National Medical Center - Duarte (Main Campus)
 
City of Hope contracts with most major Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) for hospital services. In addition, City of Hope is a participating provider in government programs such as Medicare, MediCal and Tricare/Champus.
 
Insurance coverage will vary depending upon your insurance company, your plan and the state in which you live. Please speak with a representative from your insurance company to ensure that your treatment is covered. Your insurance company can also tell you about any applicable co-payments or deductibles for which you will be responsible.
 
Other important numbers:

  • City of Hope Financial Support Services: 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 80258
  • City of Hope Managed Care Department: 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 86850
 
 
For questions about our community practice sites' medical insurance coverage, please call 626-775-3200. View a list of physician (Medical Foundation) providers.

Is My Insurance Accepted?

Is My Insurance Accepted at City of Hope - Duarte?

For questions related to your specific coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly. You can find that phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book. You can also call City of Hope New Patient Services at 800-826-HOPE (4673).

The following is a list of insurance companies which cover care at City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte campus) and City of Hope Physicians (Medical Foundation). City of Hope National Medical Center contracts for hospital/technical services only. City of Hope Medical Foundation contracts for physician services rendered at City of Hope National Medical Center and in our community practice sites.
 
You can also find out what, if any, co-payments and deductibles will be your responsibility. Please note that although we strive to keep this information current, it is subject to change without notice.

If you wish to receive treatment at a City of Hope location or with a City of Hope physician but your insurance plan does not cover care at City of Hope, contact your insurance company and ask about obtaining authorization to receive treatment here.
 
Every medical situation - and every insurance plan - is different, and there is no guarantee that coverage can be secured. But it is reasonable to make this request, and to ask your insurance company to review the matter with City of Hope directly.
 
 
City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte)
Contracted Insurance Companies
(Coverage of hospital/technical services)
City of Hope Physicians (Medical Foundation)
Contracted Insurance Companies and Medical Groups (Coverage of physicians' professional services and care at Duarte and Community Practice Sites)

*Indicates insurance plans
 
Benefit Panel Services PPO
Benefit Panel Services (Multiplan) PPO
Blue Distinction Center for Transplant BMT
Care 1st Health Plan
Envisioncare Triage-Advocates, Inc.
Great West Health Plan
Inland Empire Health Plan
LA Care Health Plan
LA Foundation for Medical Care PPO
LifeTrac Transplant Network BMT
Applecare Medical Group
Bright Medical Associates
Bristol Park Medical Group
Care 1st Health Plan
Coachella Valley Physicians of Prime Care
*Coventry Health PPO
*First Health Network PPO

Greater Covina Medical Group
Inland Empire Health Plan
Molina Medical Group
Monarch Healthcare Medical Group
Multiplan
Nuestra Familia Medical Group
*PacifiCare of California BMT
*PacifiCare of California PPO
Pegasus Medical Group
Physician Associates of Greater San Gabriel Valley

Physicians Healthways IPA
 








 
 

Covered California

Covered California Health Exchange

 
City of Hope National Medical Center (which provides hospital services at the Duarte location) and City of Hope Medical Foundation (which bills for physician services) are participating in certain plans through the Affordable Care Act and the California health benefit exchange called Covered California. The information below applies to new individual and family plans purchased within or outside of Covered California to be effective on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Only the Anthem Blue Cross EPO and PPO plans are in-network for both hospital and physician services.

Anthem Blue Cross
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): in-network for EPO and PPO plans
     
  • Foundation: in-network for EPO and PPO plans
     
  • Medical Center (Duarte) and Foundation are considered in-network for blood and marrow transplant services.

Blue Shield of California
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): out of network for EPO and PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still access City of Hope, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense. Please contact Blue Shield of California for more information. There are no out-of-network benefits for the EPO plan.)
     
  • Foundation: out of network for EPO and PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still have access to Foundation, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense.  Please contact Blue Shield of California for more information. There are no out-of-network benefits for the EPO plan.)
     
  • Medical Center (Duarte) and Foundation are considered in-network for blood and marrow transplant services.
 
Health Net
 
  • Medical Center (Duarte): out of network for PPO. (Note: PPO patients may still access City of Hope, but will have a greater out-of-pocket expense. Please contact Health Net for more information)

  • Foundation: in-network for PPO plans
 
To learn more about the exchange, visit www.coveredca.com or call 888-975-1142.
 
For questions related to your specific coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly.
 
If you have additional questions, you may call 800-826-HOPE (4673).
 

Community Practices

Community Practices

City of Hope Medical Foundation contracts for physician services rendered at City of Hope community practice sites.
 
Please note that although we strive to keep this information current, it is subject to change without notice. For questions related to your specific coverage at one of our sites, please contact your insurance provider directly. You can find that phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book. Your insurance company can also tell you about any applicable co-payments or deductibles for which you will be responsible. If you wish to receive treatment at a City of Hope location or with a City of Hope physician but your insurance plan does not cover care at City of Hope, contact your insurance company and ask about obtaining authorization to receive treatment.
 
For questions regarding our community practice sites' medical insurance coverage, please call 626-775-3200.
 
Medical Foundation providers for physicians' professional services only
 
Contracted Insurance Companies and Medical Groups
*Indicates insurance plans
Applecare Medical Group
Bright Medical Associates
Bristol Park Medical Group
Care 1st Health Plan
Coachella Valley Physicians of Prime Care
*Coventry Health PPO
*First Health Network PPO
Greater Covina Medical Group
HealthCare Partners
Inland Empire Health Plan
Molina Medical Group
Monarch Healthcare Medical Group
Multiplan
Nuestra Familia Medical Group
*PacifiCare of California BMT
*PacifiCare of California PPO
Pegasus Medical Group
Physician Associates of Greater San Gabriel Valley

Physicians Healthways IPA
 
;

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Ambulatory Care
Health care services that do not require hospitalization of a patient, such as those delivered at a physician’s office, clinic, medical center or outpatient facility.
 
Authorization
An authorization is the approval of care, such as for a hospitalization. Authorizations can be granted by health plans, hospitals or medical groups, depending on who is financially responsible for the health services to be rendered.
 
Clinical Trials
Scientifically controlled research studies involving people. Such studies are used to determine the effectiveness of a new treatment or pharmaceutical, or to compare standard medications or procedures with others that may be equal or better.
 
Coinsurance
Portion of covered health care costs for which the covered person has a financial responsibility, usually according to a fixed percentage. Often coinsurance applies after meeting a deductible requirement.
 
Coordination of Benefits
Provision that applies when a person is covered by more than one insurance plan. Coordination of benefits requires that payment of benefits be coordinated by all plans in order to eliminate over-insurance or duplication of benefits.
 
Co-Payment
Cost-sharing arrangement in which the insured person pays a specified share of the charge for a specified service, such as $10 for an office visit. The insured person is usually responsible for payment at the time the health care is rendered.
 
Deductible
Amount of eligible expense an insured person must pay from his/her own pocket before the insurance company will pay for eligible benefits.
 
HMO (Health Maintenance Organization)
A healthcare service plan that requires its subscribers or members, except in a medical emergency, to use the services of designated physicians, hospitals or other providers of medical care.
 
IPA (Independent Practice Association)
A group of physicians that contracts for services with insurance plans.
 
Knox-Keene Act
This legislation provides protection to patients through a variety of requirements imposed on HMOs in California. Requirements cover services and characteristics such as marketing, financial, administrative, access and quality assurance.
 
MediCal
California’s version of Medicaid, this federal health insurance program is administered and operated individually by participating state and territorial governments. It provides medical benefits to eligible low-income and disabled persons needing health care. The federal and state governments share the program costs.
 
MediCal Managed Care
MediCal benefits for which the eligible person must choose a Primary Care Physician who manages all care provided to the eligible person via treatment or referrals for treatment by specialists. Patients who do not follow the prescribed guidelines are responsible for all charges associated with that episode of care and are not covered by the state MediCal program.
 
Medicare
Federally administered health insurance program that covers the cost of hospitalization, medical care and some related services for eligible persons. Medicare has two parts: PART “A” covers inpatient services, nursing home care, home health care, and hospice care; PART “B” covers outpatient services, physician services, medical equipment and supplies. Medicare covers those individuals 65 years or older and younger disabled people and dialysis patients.
 
Medi-Medi
Refers to those individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and MediCal programs.
 
Non-Covered Services
Those services not covered by benefits policy.
 
Out-of-Network
Any insured person who receives care from a provider not holding a contract with the insured person’s insurance company is receiving services out-of-network. When a patient receives care out-of-network, he or she may be financially responsible for the care provided to them.
 
PCP (Primary Care Physician)
Physician whose practice is devoted to internal medicine, family/general practice or pediatrics.
 
POS (Point of Service)
Option offered by a health plan allowing the covered person to choose to receive a service from a participating or non-participating provider, with different benefit levels associated with the use of each.
 
PPO (Preferred Provider Organization)
An arrangement whereby a third-party payer contracts with a group of medical care providers who furnish services at lower-than-usual fees and in return guarantees a certain volume of patients.
 
Payor or Payer
A health plan, medical group, hospital, employer, individual or other entity that is financially responsible for payment of health care services.
 
Premium
The amount paid to an insurance carrier or health plan for providing insurance coverage under a contract.
 
Provider
In this document, provider refers to physician, hospital, nurse, pharmacy or any individual or group of individuals that provides a health care service.
 
*Most of the terms and definitions herein were taken from the Aventis Managed Healthcare: A Reference Guide.
 

Contact Managed Care

Contacting Managed Care

Managed Care Inquiries
If you have additional questions, you may either email us at sdesbiens@coh.org or contact the Managed Care Department at 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 86850.

Please note that we are unable to answer questions about your specific benefits or medical coverage. For those inquiries, use the phone number on your insurance card or in your benefits book to call your managed care organization or insurance company directly.
 
Billing Inquiries
For questions about a bill from City of Hope National Medical Center (to cover hospital/technical services), please call Patient Financial Services at 800-270-HOPE (4673).
 
For questions about a bill from the City of Hope Medical Foundation (to cover physician/professional services), please call the Medical Foundation at 626-775-3200.
 
For information on becoming a patient at City of Hope, please email becomingapatient@coh.org, or call New Patient Services at 800-826-HOPE (4673).
 
Patient Care Overview
City of Hope sees patients at all points in their care, from diagnosis, to treatment, through survivorship.
City of Hope combines compassionate care with the best and most innovative science. Our 100+ acre campus is designed to meet the full range of needs of our patients and families. This guide is designed to help you take advantage of all that is offered at City of Hope - Duarte.
Your insurance company/medical group will tell you if you need any authorizations. You can also find out what, if any, co-payments and deductibles will be your responsibility.
Information on how to obtain your City of Hope medical records.
 
Interpreter Services
City of Hope offers free interpretation for patients and caregivers whose first language is not English. Please call 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62282, to reach the Clinical Social Work office.
Tips, tools and resources to help you and your family cope with the issues that arise during and after cancer treatment.


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