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SERVICE NOTICE: NIHB Medical Transportation (Approvals)
Posted: Oct 25, 2018

SERVICE NOTICE: NIHB MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION

 

ALL APPLICATIONS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED at least 10 DAYS PRIOR to the SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT

*but preferable within two weeks.

 

This notice is important to Sagamok community members as it means that they need to provide Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik’s Medical Transportation Clerk their referral information at least 10 days before the date of their scehduled appointment.    

 

Text:  

MEMORANDUM

To:            Health Centres - Thunder Bay Area

From:       Sandra Freund, Manager – NIHB Medical Transportation

Date:         October 23, 2018

Subject:    Prior Approvals

Due to the large volume of Medical Transportation Applications arriving at times within a day or two of the Clients scheduled appointments, it has become necessary to implement a time line for the NIHB unit to accept applications for Approval. 

This was originally implemented on June 18, 2012, but we are still seeing a high number of non-urgent appointments being sent in within days of the appointment.

All appliations need to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the scheduled appointment, but preferable within two weeks of appointments.

It is important that the clients are made aware of this, as they will need to produce the referral information to the Health Centre clerks in a timely manner to meet this request.  The exception of course is in cases of emergency situations.  NIHB Medical Transportation applications should NOT be received for non-urgent appointments the day before appointments or a few days before the appointment.

NIHB benefit analysts may not be able to process the application.  In these cases, the applications will become a post approval, where the client or the band will have to pay for the expenses and submit for reimbursement.

We are currently dealing with an overwhelming amount of post approvals.  All efforts are being made to process these outstanding medical transportation applications.

If you require any further information or clarification, please feel free to contact myself with further questions or clarification.

 

Respectfully,

 

Sandra Freund

Manager, Non-Insured Health Benefits, Medical Transportation