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Provider Responsibilities


You should not recommend any treatment you feel is professionally unacceptable. You have sole responsibility for the quality and type of health care service you provide to your patients.

You are free to openly communicate with a member about all appropriate diagnostic testing and treatment options, including alternative medications, regardless of benefit coverage limitation.

Primary Care Physician (PCP)

A duly licensed family physician, general health care professional, internist or pediatrician who has entered into an Agreement with us to be in the Horizon Managed Care Network and who has been selected by a member enrolled in a Horizon managed care plan that requires the selection of a PCP or offers the option to select a PCP.

A PCP is responsible for coordinating all aspects of medical care for those members who have selected him or her as the member's PCP. These responsibilities include personally providing medical care or referring members to the appropriate source for medical care, whether that source is a specialist, other health care professional or facility. In addition, other specialists or health care professionals with appropriate qualifications may serve as a member's PCP where Horizon BCBSNJ so agrees.


The Primary Care Physician (PCP) coordinates care received by the managed care member in the primary care setting, as well as from specialty care physicians, other health care professionals and facilities, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Internists, general physicians, family physicians and pediatricians are all credentialed as PCPs. Certain managed care plans require that members select a PCP. Other managed care plans encourage, but do not require a PCP selection.

Members should see their PCP for the appropriate referral for specialty care services.

PCPs also have a role in the development of certain policies and procedures. Through participation in our Quality Improvement and other committees, physicians provide valuable feedback to develop medical policies and protocols.


Participating specialists work in partnership with the PCP to provide appropriate, quality and cost-effective medical care to our members. PCPs refer members for specialty care services as a part of the treatment plan. Participating specialists play a critical role by providing efficient care within their area of expertise and within the scope of the member's treatment plan.

Participating specialists also participate in Horizon's Quality Improvement, Medical Management and Credentialing Committees, where they are actively involved in the formation of policies and procedures, as well as peer-review activities.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has mandated that BCBS Plans identify a provider's credentialed specialty by taxonomy code. You can view the taxonomy codes that identify specialties by visiting the National Uniform Claim Committee website,

To search for taxonomy codes:

  • Click Code Sets.
  • Select Provider Taxonomy.
  • Select Code Lookup.

Example #1: Internal Medicine taxonomy code is Internal Medicine - 207R00000X

Example #2: Cardiology taxonomy code is Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease - 207RC0000X

Example #3: Acute Care Hospital taxonomy code is Hospitals, General Acute Care Hospital - 282N00000X

Example #4: Home Health Agency taxonomy code is Agencies, Home Health - 251E00000X

Horizon will collect taxonomy code(s) and their description(s) for each credentialed provider in our network(s) when available. Horizon reserves the right not to credential specific taxonomy code specialties.

You may list your taxonomy code in your CAQH application specialty section and/or in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) NPI registry at

Every rendering practitioner should have a valid NPI number type 1 and every billing provider (facility, ancillary provider, group practice) should have a valid NPI number type 2.


To help ensure the success of the health care treatment plan, it is essential for all parties to share information. The PCP usually begins the process by completing a referral to a participating ancillary provider, including the reason the member is being referred. Upon seeing the patient, it is the responsibility of the participating specialist to share his or her findings and treatment plan with the PCP.

Although it is expected that the participating ancillary provider will communicate his or her findings and treatment plan to the PCP, requests for authorization of diagnostic procedures and/or hospitalizations may be made directly by the participating ancillary provider to Horizon.

This dynamic exchange of information enhances access to as well as the quality and effectiveness of the managed care delivery system.


Advance directives allow patients to make sure their wishes are clearly known regarding the type of care a member would like to receive. They also allow the patient to appoint someone to make medical decisions for them if they are unable to speak for themselves.

Advance directives are legally recognized documents and are an important part of a member's medical record. During an audit, Horizon representatives look for documentation that the physician asked their patient if they either have an advance directive or would like to create one.

When treating your Medicare Advantage patients, ask them if they have completed their advance directives.

  • If the patient responds that he or she has an advance directive, that documentation (along with an actual copy of the advance directive document itself) should be included as a prominent part of the medical record. Please also advise your patients who have advance directives already in place that they should make their designated health care proxy and their family members aware of the advance directive.
  • If the patient responds that he or she has no desire to create an advance directive, that documentation should also be included as a prominent part of the medical record.

There are three options available when patients are making an advance directive choice:

  • Proxy Directive – Proxy Directives, or durable power of attorney for health care, are used to designate a health care representative or health care proxy who is authorized to make medical decisions on the patient's behalf, in the event he or she is unable to do so.
  • Instruction Directive – Instruction Directives, also known as living wills, specifically express in writing the patient's desires or instructions for treatment and indicate treatments the patient is not willing to accept.
  • Combined Directive – A Combined Directive is a single document in which the patient names a proxy and documents specific treatment instructions used to guide treatment decisions.

The state of New Jersey has advance directive forms available online, however, no particular form is required. For an advance directive to be legally recognized, it must be documented in writing, signed by the patient in front of two adult (age 18 or older) witnesses or by a Notary Public.

In addition, the patient should be encouraged to make his or her desires known, not only to his or her health care proxy and physician, but also to his or her family members.

For more information on advance directives, review the brochure Advance Directives for Health Care, published by the State of New Jersey Commission of Legal and Ethical Problems in the Delivery of Health Care. This brochure is available at

Registered NaviNet users may review our Medical Record Documentation Standards online by logging in to Select Provider Reference Materials, then:

  • Mouse over Policies & Procedures and select Policies, then Administrative Policies.
  • Select Medical Records Documentation Standards.

For other information on medical records for quality-of-care complaints and guidelines for your Medicare patients please see next page.


To maintain your contracting status with us, you are required to maintain a current, unrestricted, valid license, certification or registration to practice as a health care professional in New Jersey, or New York, Pennsylvania or Delaware when your practice is outside the state of New Jersey. This does not apply to Urgent Care Centers. Horizon BCBSNJ does not oblige providers to violate state licensure regulations.


Responsibilities and obligations under your Agreement are also applicable to customers and individuals who have health insurance under written or administered by out-of-state Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plans licensed by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


Ancillary providers who are not Medicare Certified may not participate in our Horizon Medicare Advantage Network.


Horizon BCBSNJ's membership represents many cultural, ethnic, linguistic and racial backgrounds.

To meet the needs of our members, including those that have limited English proficiency or reading skills, you are required to ensure that all clinical and nonclinical services are accessible to all members in a manner that:

  • Honors and is compatible with their cultural health beliefs and practices,
  • Is sensitive to cultural diversity and
  • Fosters respect for their cultural backgrounds.

We use the AT&T Language Line service to help our service representatives communicate with callers in more than 140 languages, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


You agree that Horizon BCBSNJ and its affiliates and designees have the right, subject to reasonable advance notice, to review any and all documents, books and records, including but not limited to medical records, maintained by your in connection with services you provided under your Agreement.

According to your Agreement, upon Horizon's request, you agree to provide copies of these materials, in the manner and within the time frame set forth in that request.

Horizon does not provide reimbursement for the reproduction of medical records, to cover postage and/or for any other miscellaneous costs associated with retrieval of a member's medical record.


Horizon is required to investigate member complaints, including those that allege inadequate care was received from a participating ancillary provider. Complaints that include potential medical quality-of-care issues will be referred to our Quality Case Review Committee – comprised of Horizon medical directors and participating physicians – for further review.

If we receive a member complaint that includes a potential medical quality-of-care issue, your office may be asked to provide medical records and documentation to help the Committee investigate the complaint. You are required to respond to such requests under the terms and conditions of your participating Agreement(s) and your obligation to follow our policies and procedures. Failure to comply with a request for medical records and/or additional documentation required to investigate a medical quality-of-care complaint is a very serious issue and may result in termination for cause from Horizon BCBSNJ's networks.

  • Ancillary providers who do not respond to such requests in a timely manner will have a notation placed in their credentialing file for consideration at the time of recredentialing.
  • We will also advise impacted members of any failures to comply with requests for medical records and make these members aware of their right to file a complaint with the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners.


You must notify us in writing if:

  • Your license, certification or registration to practice is restricted, suspended actively or stayed, or revoked for any reason.
  • Your certification(s) to prescribe medication is suspended actively or stayed, or revoked for any reason.
  • Your medical staff privileges at any hospital are voluntarily or involuntarily withdrawn, restricted temporarily or permanently, or suspended actively or stayed, or revoked for any reason.
  • You change the name of your company or facility name.
  • Your tax ID number or address changes or you join or leave a group practice.
  • You fail to maintain required medical malpractice insurance.
  • You are indicted, convicted of, or plead guilty to a criminal offense, regardless of the nature of the offense.
  • You are subject to any disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, voluntarily or involuntarily being subject to censure, reprimand, non routine supervision or monitoring or remedial education or training) by any government program, licensing, professional registration or certification authority, or hospital privileging authority.

Please mail notifications to:

  • Horizon BCBSNJ
    PO Box 420, PP-14C
    Newark, NJ 07101-0420




Horizon BCBSNJ is proud of our comprehensive network of participating physicians, ancillary providers and facilities. We remind participating physicians, ancillary providers and facility staff in our Horizon Managed Care Network about the important role referrals play in helping to ensure that your patients maximize their benefits.

Referred to provider responsibility

  • Specialty care physicians, ancillary providers or facilities that participate in the Horizon Managed Care Network and to whom a Horizon BCBSNJ managed care member has been referred, must confirm that a referral was obtained by the referring physician prior to providing services. You may request a fax copy of a Referral Confirmation or create a secondary referral through our IVR system by calling Physician Services at 1-800-624-1110 or Institutional Services at 1-888-666-2535.
    • Registered users of NaviNet® may review and print a Referral Confirmation quickly and easily at any time.
    • You may request a fax copy of a Referral Confirmation or create a secondary referral through our IVR system by calling 1-800-624-1110.

To learn more about creating, submitting and reviewing referrals, as well as printing Referral Confirmations, registered NaviNet users may view a tutorial. Simply:

  • Log on to
  • Select Horizon BCBSNJ from the My Health Plans menu.
  • Select Provider Reference Materials and mouse over Resources.
  • Select Training, then Education.
  • Select NaviNet Information Demo.


Neither Horizon or providers shall discriminate in the delivery of health care services based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, claims experience, medical or mental health history or status, pre-existing medical/health conditions, need for or receipt of health care services, evidence of insurability, geographic location, genetic information, actuarial class, source of payment or any other unlawful purpose.

Providers must have policies to prevent discrimination in health care delivery and implement procedures to monitor and ensure it does not occur.


Health care fraud, waste and abuse are national problems that affect us all.

Horizon takes health care fraud, waste and abuse seriously. Each day, our Special Investigations works to uncover fraudulent activities and recover monies paid as a result of such activity.

Health care fraud, waste and abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Performing unnecessary health care services or procedures for the sole purpose of producing more billings and insurance payments.
  • Falsifying a patient's diagnosis to justify tests, surgeries or other procedures.
  • Supplying durable medical equipment that patients do not need.

If you suspect that a member, health care profession or employee of a health care facility is committing fraud, please call our Special Investigations' Anti-Fraud Hotline at 1-800-624-2048.

For reports of suspected fraud related to behavioral health services, call Horizon Behavioral Health's Special Investigations at 1-800-624-2048 or send documents and/or inquiries to:

  • Horizon-BCBSNJ
    Special Investigations
    PO Box 200145
    Newark, NJ 07102-0303

As a Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan sponsor, we also work closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to investigate and prosecute all instances of fraud, waste and abuse involving those lines of business. Our dedicated Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline is 1-888-889-2231.

You may also send documents and/or inquiries to:

  • Horizon BCBSNJ
    Riverfront Plaza
    PO Box 200145
    Newark, NJ 07102-0303

All information is strictly confidential.