Communicating with Concordia
Concordia Behavioral Health (Concordia) staff may be contacted toll-free at 1-855-514-5300 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We will also accept collect calls during these hours. Should you need to speak to someone after this time, Concordia also has after-hours physicians available to discuss any questions or concerns related to a UM case or decision.
In making a decision about authorizing behavioral health care, the only factors Concordia considers are whether the care or service is appropriate and whether coverage exists for the care or service. Concordia never rewards practitioners or other individuals involved in making decisions for denying care or service. There are no financial incentives for any Concordia employee or representative that would encourage under-utilization of behavioral health care or services.
What to Do If You Disagree With a Decision
Concordia Behavioral Health uses a team of behavioral health care professionals to ensure that members get the treatment they need and that it is consistent with their health insurance benefits. Occasionally, you may disagree with our decisions. Concordia has an appeals process that can be used if you believe we have not made the correct decision. All appeals are reviewed by psychiatrists or other doctoral level behavioral health clinicians who were not involved in the original decision. In addition to this internal appeals process, you have the right to appeal decisions to an external review body. In the State of Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) conducts external appeals.
To start an external appeal, you must notify Concordia in writing that you want to appeal a case to AHCA. The written notification must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the date you received notification of Concordia’s internal appeal decision. For additional information about external appeals, contact Concordia’s Compliance Department at 1-855-541-5300.
How to Contact a Peer Reviewer
If clinical review determination results in a denial, practitioners have the opportunity to discuss this with the Physician Reviewer who rendered the decision. When practitioners are notified of the authorization decision, they are provided with the Concordia telephone number, 1-855-541-5300 to contact the Physician Reviewer. The Reviewer is available for discussion and/or to review additional information that may impact the authorization decision. This discussion does not replace or alter the right to appeal the authorization decision.