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Your certificate of coverage is a helpful resource for covered services under your benefit plan. There are some situations where you might need to obtain a referral from your Primary Care Doctor or from Total Health Care’s (THC) utilization management department. In most cases, your doctor will contact THC to request an authorization for you, when needed.


A referral is an authorization for outpatient, in-network services that comes from your Primary Care Doctor. Referrals are not needed to see routine specialists at THC. Referrals may be needed for chiropractic services, podiatry services, certain outpatient procedures, diagnostic testing, or therapy services. You can see the list of services that require a referral by clicking here.


Obtaining an authorization from THC requires your doctor to send medical documentation to THC’s utilization management department for review. Once the medical documentation is received by your doctor, our utilization management nurses and doctors will use criteria to make sure that the request is medically necessary and covered by your benefit plan. For non-urgent requests, THC’s utilization management department will provide a response in less than 14 calendar days. For urgent medical requests (where the member’s health could be seriously affected by waiting 14 days), THC’s utilization management department will respond within 3 calendar days.

Examples of services that may require authorization from THC’s utilization management department include elective (non-emergency) inpatient surgeries, medical devices and pumps, and out of network services. Services that are covered under your benefit plan will be listed in your certificate of coverage. You may also see a list of services that requires authorization from THC by clicking here.

It is important to obtain authorization for these types of services before making plans
or taking time off from work.

Prior Authorization From THC

PCP must FAX clinical information to THC Utilization Department at 313-748-1312

Abortion – (Medicaid only)


  • Inpatient Hospital – acute, emergent, elective
  • Long Term Acute Care Admission
  • Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Acute & Sub-Acute Rehabilitation
  • Excluding Observation Stay (no auth required)


  • Abdominoplasty / Panneculectomy
  • Bariatric (excluding lap band adjustments)
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Reduction / Augmentation
  • Bunionectomy
  • Cosmetic Surgeries not otherwise listed
  • Foot – all
  • Hammertoe
  • Hysterectomy (need form only)
  • Transplant, Organ, Tissue, Bone Marrow
  • Rhinoplasty / Septoplasty
  • Scar Revision / Keloid Removal
  • Surgery to Treat Varicose Veins

Device Implants- including, not limited to:

  • Insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors
  • Interstim therapy
  • Penile Implant
  • Vagus nerve/bone growth stimulators
  • Implantable Loop Records (cardiac)

Anti-emetic Drugs

Genetic Testing

Home Health Care / Hospice

Infusion Therapy

Laser Treatment for Skin Diseases

Specialty Medication Injections (see separate list)

Out of Network Services(excludes Select POS)

Prosthetics/Orthotics- > $200


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Procedures

PT/OT/ST Treatment (excludes Select POS)

Behavioral Health

Substance Abuse Services

Power/motorized wheel chairs

Experimental & Investigational Services

Non-emergent ambulance transportation

Cardiac LifeVest


Contact Lenses, Prosthetic Eyes, Low Vision Aids

PCP Initiated Referral (Excludes Select POS)

Must process through the Provider Portal
Services must be provided in network

All procedures/surgeries in an ASC (Ambulatory Surgical Center) or Outpatient Hospital:

  • Excluding procedures noted as requiring prior authorization

The following procedures when performed in a facility or Outpatient setting:

Biofeedback Therapy

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardioversion Tilt-table, TEE

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Endoscopy procedures in an outpatient setting:

  • GI Tract –
    • Capsule endoscopy
    • EGD
    • ERCP
    • Gastroscopy
    • Laryngoscopy
  • Respiratory Tract:
    • Bronchoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Female Reproductive System:
    • Hysteroscopy

Please note: colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy do NOT require a referral

High-tech radiology exams:

  • CT Scans
  • MRIs, MRAs
  • PET Scans
  • Nuclear Studies
    • Cardiac Stress Test
    • MUGA
    • HIDA Scan

Infertility Testing

Podiatry Visits and Treatment

Photochemotherapy – UV Light Treatment

PT/OT/ST- initial evaluation only

Sleep Studies

Wound care/ debridement

Chiropractic Visits and Treatment