If a provider or Highmark Wholecare does something that you are unhappy about or do not agree with, you can tell Highmark Wholecare or the Department of Human Services what you are unhappy about or that you disagree with what the provider or Highmark Wholecare has done. This section describes what you can do and what will happen.
A Complaint is when you tell Highmark Wholecare you are unhappy with Highmark Wholecare or your provider or do not agree with a decision by Highmark Wholecare.
Some things you may complain about:
When Highmark Wholecare denies, decreases, or approves a service or item different than the service or item you requested because it is not medically necessary, you will get a notice telling you Highmark Wholecare’s decision.
A Grievance is when you tell Highmark Wholecare you disagree with Highmark Wholecare’s decision.
In some cases, you can ask the Department of Human Services to hold a hearing because you are unhappy about or do not agree with something Highmark Wholecare did or did not do. These hearings are called “Fair Hearings.” You can ask for a Fair Hearing after Highmark Wholecare decides your First Level Complaint or decides your Grievance.
To find more details about Complaints, Grievances, and Fair Hearings, see Section 8 of the Medicaid Member Handbook.