Independence wants our members to receive treatment in accordance with the coverage criteria in our medical policies and in settings that are both safe and cost-effective. Through the Most Cost-effective Setting Program, Independence reviews the requested treatment settings for certain specialty drugs that are eligible for coverage under the medical benefit. This review is conducted as part of the precertification process for members enrolled in Independence commercial medical plans.
For the drugs in this program, Independence considers the following settings to be safe and cost-effective:
A physician’s office
The member’s home, where the drug is administered by an in-network home infusion provider
An ambulatory (freestanding), independent infusion suite
Hospital outpatient facility request
Requests to receive treatment in the hospital outpatient facility with any of the drugs in the Most Cost-effective Setting Program will only be considered for members who meet one of the following criteria:
The member is receiving an initial dose of the drug.
The member requires intensive monitoring in a hospital outpatient facility, typically due to a history of adverse reaction to treatment.