UHC - Extends Temporary Prior Authorizations Suspensions for COVID-19, Vaccine InformationTraining and New Back Pain Program

January 11, 2021

UnitedHealthcare is extending the temporary suspension of select prior authorization requirements for in-network hospitals and in-network Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) nationwide through Jan. 31, 2021. The temporary suspensions are effective from Dec. 18, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021. (They were previously set to end on Jan. 8, 2021.)

The temporary prior authorization suspensions apply to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Individual Exchange and Individual and Group Market health plan members nationwide, where UnitedHealthcare has health plans available. The suspended requirements and dedicated support resources are being communicated directly to you as one of the impacted hospitals or facilities.
For more detail, please read the attachment.


In a seperate attachment below, regarding COVID-19 Vaccines:Provider Registration, Reimbursement and Resources

 Please also refer to MSA Bulletin 20-75 for information on the MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccination Program including Medicaid coverage and reimbursement of COVID-19 vaccines, new CPT® Codes and MDHHS COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Information, Provider Registration and Resources:

• Link to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan’s homepage for COVID-19 resources: https://www.uhcprovider.com/en/health-plans-by-state/michigan-health-plans/mi-comm-plan-home.html.


Also attached, please read the  Back Pain program introduced by  UHC regarding the benefits of evidence-based back care.