When you use a doctor in our network, you generally don’t need to file a claim. Just show your ID card, and your doctor files the claim for you. Make sure you carry your ID card with you at all times since it includes the address your provider will need to submit your claims. Also, you might need to buy prescriptions at a network pharmacy and you’ll need your ID card to do so.
- For your convenience, you can view and download a copy here.
- Doctors in our network usually file claims for you. But, if you need to submit a claim please use this address:
Foreign Service Benefit Plan
1620 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5629
- To file your claim, print this form. Then fill out the form and mail it to the address provided on the form. If you have questions, just give us a call at 202-833-4910.
- Claims must be submitted using the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) secure website.
Then follow the instructions to submit your claims. If you have any questions, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-833-4910.
- Follow the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program disputed claims process outlined in Section 8 of the FSBP Plan Brochure if you disagree with our decision on your claim.
- You, your representative, your doctor, or your hospital must call us prior to admission. The toll-free number is 800-593-2354. Provide the following information:
- Enrollee’s name and Plan identification number
- Patient’s name, birth date and phone number
- Reason for proposed hospital stay
- Name and phone number of the doctor who will admit you
- Name of hospital or facility
- Number of planned days in the hospital
We’ll tell the doctor and hospital the number of days in which the patient is approved to stay in the hospital. Our decision will be sent to you, your doctor, and the hospital.
- Yes. The federal government requires that all members of a fee-for-service plan must precertify their hospital admissions. We will reduce our benefits for the inpatient hospital stay, Skilled Nursing Facility stay or residential treatment care by $500 if no one contacts us for precertification. If the stay is not medically necessary, we will only pay for any covered medical services and supplies that are otherwise payable on an outpatient basis.
Exceptions: You do not need precertification in these cases:
- You are admitted to a hospital or residential treatment center outside the 50 United States. However, the Plan will review all services to establish medical necessity. We may request medical records in order to determine medical necessity.
- You have another group health insurance policy that is the primary payer for the hospital stay.
- Medicare Part A is the primary payer for the hospital stay. Note: If you exhaust your Medicare hospital benefits and do not want to use your Medicare lifetime reserve days or you have no Medicare lifetime reserve days left, then we become the primary payer and you must precertify.
- Other services require precertification, prior approval, concurrent review or prior authorization. You, your representative, your doctor, or treating facility must call us at 800-593-2354 (except for prior authorization on prescription drugs – see below) before the admission or care, such as:
- Ambulance – precertification required for transportation by fixed-wing aircraft (plane)
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation, Carticel
- BRCA genetic testing
- Cardiac rhythm implantable devices
- Certain mental health services, inpatient admissions, Residential treatment center (RTC) admissions, Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), Psychological testing, Neuropsychological testing, Outpatient detoxification, Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA – even if rendered outside the 50 United States)
- Cochlear device and/or implantation
- Covered transplant surgeries
- Dialysis visits – when request is initiated by an in-network provider, and dialysis to be performed at an out-of-network facility
- Dorsal column (lumbar) neurostimulators: trial or implantation
- Electric or motorized wheelchairs and scooters
- Gastrointestinal (GI) tract imaging through capsule endoscopy
- Gender reassignment surgery, even if rendered outside the 50 United States
- Hip and knee arthroplasties
- Hip surgery to repair impingement syndrome
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Inpatient confinements (except hospice). For example, surgical and non-surgical stays; stays in a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility; and maternity and newborn stays that exceed the standard length of stay (LOS)
- Lower limb prosthetics
- Observation stays more than 24 hours
- Orthognathic surgery procedures, bone grafts, osteotomies and surgical management of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Osseointegrated implant
- Osteochondral allograft/knee
- Out-of-network freestanding ambulatory surgical facility services, when referred by an in-network provider
- Pain Management such as facet and spinal injections
- Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery
- Polysomnography (attended sleep studies)
- Power morcellation with uterine myomectomy, with hysterectomy or for removal of uterine fibroids
- Proton beam radiotherapy
- Radiation oncology
- Radiology imaging such as CT scans, MRIs, MRAs, and nuclear stress tests
- Reconstructive or other procedures that may be considered cosmetic, such as:
- Breast reconstruction/breast enlargement
- Breast reduction/mammoplasty
- Excision of excessive skin due to weight loss
- Gastroplasty/gastric bypass
- Lipectomy or excess fat removal
- Surgery for varicose veins, except stab phlebectomy
- Spinal procedures, such as:
- Artificial intervertebral disc surgery
- Cervical, lumbar and thoracic laminectomy/laminotomy procedures
- Spinal fusion surgery
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, including laser-assisted procedures
- Ventricular assist devices
- Video Electroencephalographic (EEG)
For complete list refer to www.aetna.com/health-care-professionals/precertification/precertification-lists.html.
- When there is an emergency admission you, your representative, the doctor, or the hospital must call 800-593-2354 within two business days after the day of admission, even if the patient has been discharged from the hospital.
Network Providers Questions
- You may visit our Find a Provider tool to look up providers who are in the network. You may also call 202-833-4910, and we will help you find a participating provider near your home or office.
Provider information can change. So please call your doctor before your appointment to confirm his/her network status.
- Paper directories become outdated quickly as new providers join our growing network.
You can easily print a copy of the directory from our Find a Provider tool by selecting the “Print” option at the top of your search results.
- Members have access to providers in our network virtually anywhere in the United States. Whether you are on vacation, business travel or away at college, you and your eligible dependents can find providers who participate in our network.
- Yes. While we encourage doctors in our network to refer their patients to other network doctors, this may not always be possible. We recommend that you always confirm that the doctor is a member of our network. Likewise, if your doctor refers you to a hospital, please confirm that the hospital is part of our network.
- Yes, you can self-refer and choose specialists without being referred by your doctor.
- If your doctor does not currently participate in our network, you may submit a Provider Nomination form to have him/her considered. Fill out the patient section and ask your doctor to complete the rest. After we receive the form, it can take up to six months for us to complete the review process. If you have questions, please call 202-833-4910 for assistance.
ID Cards Questions
- To get a new ID card, you may order it online through Aetna Secure Member Website, or call 202-833-4910.