Medicare Exceptions and Appeals
Coverage determinations are decisions made by Humana as a Medicare Part D plan sponsor and may include whether Humana will cover a drug for a member, the portion of the drug's cost the member will be responsible for, quantity limits and step therapy requirements. Providers can use the form below to request a coverage determination:
- Provider Request for Coverage Determination Form
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Another option is to use the coverage determination request form on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.
Exceptions are a type of coverage determination. Providers should request a tiering exception if they want Humana to cover a nonpreferred drug at the same cost-share that would apply to drugs in the preferred tier. Formulary exception requests ask Humana to cover a drug not currently on its formulary. For each type of request, the members prescriber must submit a supporting statement.
To ask for a standard decision on an exception request, the patient, patient's physician, another prescriber or the patient's appointed representative should call Humana Clinical Pharmacy Review (HCPR) at 1-800-555-CLIN (2546). These individuals may also send a written request to:
Humana Clinical Pharmacy Review (HCPR)
ATTN: Medicare Coverage Determinations
P.O. Box 33008
Louisville, KY 40232-3008
Exception requests can be faxed to 1-877-486-2621.
Prescribers will receive a response to standard exception requests within 72 hours.
Prescribers can submit an expedited request if they believe waiting for a standard decision could seriously jeopardize the patient's life, health or ability to regain maximum function. Expedited requests receive a response within 24 hours. Members who submit an expedited request should include a statement from their prescriber. Reimbursement requests cannot be expedited.
Requests for Puerto Rico members can be submitted via the following methods:
Puerto Rico HCPR
Humana Health Plans of Puerto Rico, Inc.
PO Box 191920
San Juan, PR 00919-1920
Part D Redetermination Requests
When a prescribing physician or other prescriber disagrees with the outcome of the initial coverage determination or exception request, he/she may request a standard or expedited redetermination. If the prescribing physician or other prescriber making the request is not acting as the patients representative, notice of the request must be given to the patient before the request is made. A patient or the patient's representative may also request a standard or expedited redetermination. Prescribers may do the following within 60 calendar days of the date of the denial notice they received from Humana (unless the filing window is extended):
Request an Expedited Redetermination
If you believe that waiting seven days for a standard decision could seriously jeopardize the patient's life, health or ability to regain maximum function, you can ask for an expedited redetermination, and we will give you a decision within 72 hours. You may request an expedited decision by calling us at 1-800-867-6601 or by sending a fax to1-800-949-2961.
Request a Standard Part D Redetermination Online
Follow these directions to use our online standard redetermination form:
- Enter the prescription drug information.
- Indicate the reason you are appealing the denial.
- Provide any clinical rationale.
- Enter your information.
- Attach supporting documentation for your appeal.
Before completing the form, you may want to view our accepted file types.
If you need to fax supporting documentation, please fax the materials to 1-877-486-2621.
Once Humana receives your request, we will provide written notice of our decision within seven calendar days.
Request a Standard Part D Redetermination by Phone or Fax
You may file a verbal standard redetermination request by calling us at 1-800-457-4708. If you use a TTY, call 711. Our hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday. Our hours of operation from Oct.15 to Feb.14 include Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Requests may be faxed to 1-800-949-2961.
We strongly encourage prescribers to provide additional supporting documentation for redetermination requests.
Once the request is received, Humana will provide written notice of its decision within seven calendar days for standard requests.
Request a Standard Part D Redetermination by Mail
You may request a redetermination by mail by submitting your request in writing to:
P.O. Box 14546
Lexington, KY 40512-4546
If you have questions regarding the redetermination process, please call 1-800-457-4708 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday. Hours of operation from Oct.15 to Feb.14 include Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Persons with a hearing impairment may call TDD 1-800-833-3301.
Include your name, address, Humana ID number and the reason for the appeal in your letter. Please include any supporting notes or documents that may support your request. We will investigate your appeal and inform you of our decision.
Instructions for Submitting a Request for Reconsideration to the Independent Review Entity
If you disagree with our decision to maintain the denial, you may request a review of the case by the Center for Health Dispute Resolution (MAXIMUS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor, for an independent review and determination.
You must submit a written request to MAXIMUS within 60 calendar days of our decision. You may request either a standard or an expedited reconsideration from the independent review organization.
An enrollee or an enrollee's representative may request a reconsideration. If you are the prescribing physician or another prescriber, the member must appoint you as a representative by completing an Appointment of Representative form (CMS form 1696).
To request a reconsideration, you should submit your request to MAXIMUS at the address or fax number listed below:
MAXIMUS Federal Services
860 Cross Keys Park
Fairport, NY 14450
Humana Contact Information
Physicians who have questions about the grievance, appeals or exceptions process or who would like to obtain an aggregate number of grievances, appeals or exceptions filed under the plan should contact the customer service phone number on the back of the member's ID card.
Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan members can call 1-800-457-4708, and Prescription Drug Plan-only members can call 1-800-281-6918.