Glossary of Insurance Terms
Below is a list of common terms members might encounter while utilizing their EHP benefits. Refer to the Explanation of Benefits for more information.
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|In-Network Provider||A provider or facility who has contracted with EHP to provide services is considered “in-network.”|
|Out-of-Network Provider||A provider or facility who is not contracted with EHP to provide services is considered “out-of-network.”|
|EHP Preferred Network Provider||A provider or facility in the EHP network that is directly affiliated with Johns Hopkins, Anne Arundel Health System, or Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Access our Provider Directory.
EHP Preferred Network Providers include:
FACILITIES: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (St. Petersburg, FL), Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
PROVIDERS: Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association/School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, and Johns Hopkins Part-Time Faculty, Anne Arundel Medical Group, GBMC Health Partners, GBMC Inc., and Gilchrist Greater Living.
|CIGNA PPO Network||The Cigna PPO network supplements the EHP provider network. It gives EHP members access to more than one million providers and hospitals nationwide, including Maryland. EHP covers all health care services received from providers in the Cigna PPO network at the in-network benefit level. You may use a Cigna PPO network provider as your primary care provider. Search the Cigna PPO network|
|In-Network PCP||A primary care provider is an EHP in-network internal medicine or family practice provider or pediatrician regardless of whether he or she is a EHP Preferred Network Provider.|
|Allowed Amount||The maximum amount EHP will allow for the service(s) the patient received. Any copay and/or coinsurance amounts that the member is responsible for paying are deducted from the allowed charge.|
|Allowed Benefit (AB)||For any service or supply, the lesser of (1) the provider’s actual charge to the patient or (2) the amount that would be allowed by Medicare, increased by a percentage determined by Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs, not to exceed 150% of the amount that would be allowed by Medicare. If Medicare does not provide an allowance for a service or supply, then Allowed Benefit means the prevailing, reasonable fee paid to similar providers for the same service or supply in the same geographic area, as determined by Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs. EHP Preferred and EHP/CIGNA PPO Network Providers will not charge more than the Allowed Benefit, but Out-of-Network providers Out-of-Network can charge more and you are responsible for charges above the Allowed Benefit|
|Deductible||The amount that the member must pay within the plan year, before EHP begins to pay benefits. The member’s Schedule of Benefits or Summary Plan Description (SPD) will advise if he/she has a deductible.|
|Copay||A flat fee the member must pay to the Provider at the time of service. Usually applicable to an office visit or prescription.|
|Coinsurance||Percentage of medical costs that the member shares with EHP. The member’s Schedule of Benefits or SPD will advise if he/she has a copay or coinsurance.|
|Out of Pocket (OOP) Maximum||
The maximum amount the member pays for medical expenses during a plan year. After you meet the annual deductible, you pay the applicable coinsurance percentage (usually 10% or 20%) until you reach an annual medical out-of-pocket maximum. After you reach the medical out-of-pocket maximum, benefits for covered services are paid at 100% for the remainder of that calendar year. The out-of-pocket maximum includes the deductible, coinsurance, and co-pays; but does not include penalties; prescription drug co-pays and expenses; amounts in excess of the Allowed Benefit; amounts in excess of Plan maximums; or any charges for services which are not covered.
*For Broadway Services Inc.: The maximum amount the member pays for medical expenses during a plan year. After the member has paid the annual out-of-pocket limit, the Plan pays any additional covered expenses at 100% for the remainder of that plan year. The regular out-of-pocket maximum includes the deductible and coinsurance, but does not include copays; penalties; amounts in excess of the Allowed Benefit; amounts in excess of Plan maximums; or any charges for services which are not covered.
|Allowed Benefit Charge||The usual fee charged by similar providers for the same services or supplies in the same geographic area. Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs (EHP) determines what is a Allowed Benefit. Non-network providers can charge more. For more information, look under the heading “Payment Terms You Should Know” in your Summary Plan Description (SPD). You are responsible for any charges above R&C.|
|Pre-Authorization||Required medical review of requested services before they are rendered.|
|Pre-Determination/Pre-Treatment Review||Designed to give members and their dentist a better understanding of the benefits payable under the Dental Plan before services are provided. A pre-treatment review is recommended if dental services are expected to cost $500 or more, or for certain treatments including bone surgery, bridges, crowns, inlays (post and core) and onlays, periodontic procedures, and veneers. For any of these treatments, we recommend that the member’s dentist provide a proposed course of treatment and a pre-treatment estimate.|