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UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (Medicaid (MMA) and LTC) Glossary


  • Advance Directive

    A decision about your health care that you make ahead of time in case you are ever unable to speak for yourself. This will let your family and your doctors know what decisions you would make if you were able to.

  • Appeal

    You can file an appeal if you are not happy with a decision we made ("denial"). A denial is when we say no to a service you or your doctor asked us to give you. It could also be when we don't give you as much of a service you wanted. For example, you can file an appeal if your doctor wanted a drug we do not allow. You can also file if we didn't approve a hospital stay. If you are not happy but it is not because we said no to what you asked for, you can file a grievance.


    Ambulatory surgical center/short procedure unit.

  • Authorization

    An approval for a service.


  • Benefits

    Services, procedures and medications that UnitedHealthcare will cover for you.


  • Clinical Care Management

    One-on-one help by a nurse providing education and coordination of UnitedHealthcare benefits, tailored to your needs.


  • Disenrollment

    To stop your membership in UnitedHealthcare.


  • Emergency

    When you reasonably believe that your health is in serious danger.


  • Fraud

    An untruthful act (example: if someone other than you uses your member ID card and pretends to be you).


  • Grievance

    You can file a grievance when you are not happy. This can be when you are not happy with our plan, or our providers, or anything other than an "action". For example, you may file a grievance if you have a problem making an appointment with a provider or have trouble finding a provider. You can file if you think you are not getting good care. You can also file if a doctor is sending you bills for services you get with our Plan. You can file an appeal If you are not happy with a decision we made (an 'action') (see Appeal).


  • Home Health Agency

    A company contracted by UnitedHealthcare to provide care for you in your home.


  • ID Card

    Identification card – a card that says you are a UnitedHealthcare member. You should have this card with you at all times.

  • Informed Consent

    Doctors give you information about a particular treatment or test in order for you to decide whether or not you wish to have the treatment or test.

  • Inpatient

    When you are admitted into a hospital for a length of time.


  • Medical Necessity

    Your health care provider decides if a treatment, admission, procedure, medical supply, equipment, service or supply is medically necessary.

  • Member

    A person who is eligible for UnitedHealthcare.


  • Outpatient

    When you have a procedure done that does not require a hospital stay overnight. In some cases, you may stay overnight in the hospital but not be admitted as an inpatient.


  • Primary Care Provider (PCP)

    A doctor you choose to be your family physician. They have their own private practices.

  • Prior Authorization

    The process for any service that needs an approval from UnitedHealthcare before it can take place.

  • Provider

    Any medical professional that UnitedHealthcare has contracted with to take care of you.

  • Provider Directory

    A list of providers who participate with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan to help take care of your healthcare needs.


  • Referral

    When you and your primary care doctor agree you need to see another doctor, your primary care doctor will send you to a UnitedHealthcare specialist.


  • Self-Referred Services

    Services for which you do not need to see your primary care provider for a referral.

  • Specialist

    A doctor that has specific, detailed training in one certain medical field.


  • Urgent Care

    When you need care, treatment or medical advice within a 24-hour time period.


  • WIC

    Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children which provides nutrition counseling, nutrition education, and nutritious foods to pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of 2. Children deemed nutritionally deficient are covered up to age 5 if they are low income and are determined to be at nutritional risk.

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UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (Medicaid (MMA) and LTC)

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