Provider resources

We offer the administrative support needed so you can focus on providing top-quality patient care

Committed to being your health care resource

You strive to provide superior health services in a caring environment and to make a positive, measurable difference in the health of individuals in the communities you serve. Scripps Health Plan Services (SHPS) — a management services organization (MSO) — shares that mission.

Provider resources, forms and information

It is our priority at SHPS to assist your practice in adhering to federal, state, and health plan requirements and regulations.

Contracted professionals, facilities and ancillary providers can use our Provider Operations Manual (PDF, 510 KB) to find information about medical management, claims, reimbursement and compliance.

SHPS Provider Newsletter contains information on managed care, utilization and case management, claims and provider dispute requests, payor and plan updates, compliance and a variety of other resources.

Through this site, SHPS providers can find information about the following:

Language translation services

Providers may request interpreters for members whose primary language is not English by calling SHPS customer service. SHPS will coordinate with the patient's full-service health plan.


TTY: 711 (for the hearing and speech impaired)


Mon - Fri

8 am - 5 pm

Timely access to care

California has set standards for health plans and providers to ensure members have access to health care in a timely manner. Learn more about those standards in the Timely Access to Care Notice (PDF, 140 KB).

Eligibility verification

Providers are responsible for verifying every member’s eligibility with the health plan prior to rendering authorized services, unless the services are emergent. All members should present their health plan identification card each time services are requested.

Provider directories and updates

The provider directories below are updated on a quarterly basis. Please contact your health plan for current listings of in-network providers and facilities. 

Some hospitals and other providers do not provide one or more of the following services that may be covered under a plan contract:

  • Family planning
  • Contraceptive services, including emergency contraception
  • Sterilization, including tubal ligation at the time of labor and delivery
  • Infertility treatments
  • Abortion

Directory updates

To ensure patients have access to accurate and complete provider information in our directories, please report all data errors or practice changes using the Provider Demographic Update (PDF, 200 KB) form.

Scripps Care Link provider portal

We encourage all providers to use Scripps Care Link. A provider portal, it allows real-time web access to patient information, so you can view membership data and communicate with SHPS to provide quality patient care.

Benefits of Scripps Care Link

In the Scripps Care Link portal, you can:

  • Check claim status
  • Submit referrals
  • Check referral status
  • Request modifications or extensions to existing authorizations
  • Verify member eligibility
  • Send and receive secure messages via ‘In Basket’ feature


If you are interested in becoming a SHPS provider or need more information about the credentialing process, browse the sections below.

Credentialing and recredentialing for contracted providers

Credentialing and recredentialing is required for all contracted providers, practitioners and allied health care professionals (for example, physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and health delivery organizations providing services to SHPS members. The Quality Improvement staff, as part of the credentialing and recredentialing process, may perform site visits and medical record reviews. Providers will be contacted in advance if a site visit or audit is needed.

Quality management and improvement

The purpose of the SHPS Quality Management (QM) Program is to maintain a comprehensive, coordinated process that continually evaluates, monitors and improves the quality of clinical care and service provided to members within the SHPS health care delivery system. The SHPS QM Program incorporates review and evaluation of all aspects of the health care delivery system.

Model of Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all contracted medical providers and staff receive basic training about the Special Needs Plans (SNPs) Model of Care (MOC).

MOC is a quality improvement tool. It provides the basic framework needed to improve access, health status and coordination of care for members with special needs. Learn more about MOC training below.

SCAN Health Plan MOC Training

Visit SCAN's website — integrated care management program and SNP, including Medi-Cal and Medicare — for the initial-health assessment, staying-healthy assessment, annual provider training and resources.


SHPS is dedicated to promoting an efficient and seamless claims process for all our providers. We will work closely with you and your staff to provide the timely and accurate support you need.

SHPS professional and institutional matrices for claims submissions assist providers in determining where to submit claims. Our matrices are updated regularly and provide general guidelines. The Claims Department is responsible for accurately and promptly processing claims for which SHPS is financially responsible.

Medical management

Changes occurring in health care require health systems and physicians to find innovative ways to work together to deliver coordinated care to both improve quality and contain costs. We are dedicated to maintaining the highest quality and efficiency of medical management via comprehensive collaboration with our providers. SHPS providers share our vision of patient-centered care. Together we will enhance inclusive models of care delivery that will allow us to meet the needs of patients across the San Diego region.

We maintain a wide-ranging, coordinated process, which promotes and monitors the effective use of health care resources within SHPS’ health care delivery system. The Medical Management Committee’s (MMC) responsibilities include ongoing evaluation and improvement of the Utilization Management (UM) Program. MMC is accountable for monitoring clinical practices, evaluation of provider utilization, as well as tracking and trending of provider appeals and grievance determinations. Other activities within the scope of the UM program include the following:

  • Referral management
  • Prior authorization
  • Concurrent and retrospective review
  • Discharge planning
  • Post-stabilization care
  • Out-of-area coordination of care and repatriation
  • Continuity of care 
  • UM key service and administrative performance indicators
  • New medical technology review and determination
  • Complex case management

Contracted providers may request copies of any guidelines or review criteria used by SHPS in the course of UM activities by calling SHPS customer service.

Prior authorization

Do you need prior authorization or a referral for your patient’s care? We’re here to help.

Referrals and authorizations

Scripps Health Plan Services maintains a list of services that require prior authorization. Providers should inform the member’s primary care physician of the need for further referral, treatment, or consultation to determine which services must have prior authorization and the process by which services are reviewed for authorization. 

Prior authorization is NOT required for:

  • Emergency services
  • Family planning services
  • Preventive care, like immunizations and annual physicals
  • Basic prenatal care
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing

Authorization request form

Submit Authorization Requests for SCMG or SCMC patients who need medical services through Scripps Care Link or use the Authorization Request Form (PDF, 580 KB).

Authorization status

Providers will receive a written authorization letter that will specify the extent of the services authorized. Providers may not exceed those authorization limits without an additional authorization, except in the case of a medical emergency. Visit Scripps Care Link to check status.

Out-of-area and out-of-network procedures

In the event a member is admitted to a facility outside SHPS' service area, the Utilization Management (UM) Department will work with the out-of-area facility to assess when it’s medically appropriate for the member to be safely transferred back into the service area to assist in coordination of the transfer. The UM Department reviews admissions at out-of-network facilities by phone. UM staff facilitate transfer of the patient to a SHPS contracted hospital as soon as medically appropriate. 

Case management

The Case Management Program uses a client/caregiver approach to promote availability of appropriate care and resources while maximizing the member’s quality of life and health care benefits.

Did you know that anyone can make a referral to our Case Management Department for Scripps Coastal Medical Center and Scripps Clinic Managed Care patients? All requests will be reviewed for clinical appropriateness. Referrals can be made via:

• Epic: ambulatory order #210

• Email:

• Voicemail: 888-399-5678

Referrals must include the following details: patient’s medical record number (MRN), patients name and why you are referring the patient to the Case Management Department.