Follow guidelines below for authorization required for medical procedures, surgeries or DME supplies.
For Medical Treatment Authorization use the 50-1 TAR form
Fax completed 50-1 TAR with supporting medical documentation to (805) 681-3071
Follow guidelines below for authorization required for Long Term Care (LTC), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) or Intermediate Care Facility (ICF).
Follow guidelines below for authorization required for Members admitted to an inpatient or rehab facility.
For additional information please reference the provider manual.
Out of Area, non-contracted providers must submit prior authorization using a Paper TAR.
To order paper TARs, contact State Medi-Cal at (888) 541-5555
CenCal Health has the responsibility to review authorizations in a timely manner.
The time frames indicated below allow for the utilization management team to properly evaluate and determine for appropriateness of medical care services.
- Emergency Care: No prior authorization required.
- Routine authorizations: 5 working days with appropriate documentation. If further documentation is required allow up to 14 days.
- Expedited authorizations: 3 working days. CenCal Health may extend the 3 working days’ time period by up to 14 calendar days if there is a need for additional information.
- Retroactive authorizations: 5 working days with appropriate documentation. If further documentation is required allow up to 14 days Review determinations must occur within 30 calendar days of receipt of the request for coverage.
Follow these to submit a TAR:
- Verify member eligibility
- Does the member have other health coverage?
- The Other Health Coverage (OHC) always acts as the primary. Once an EOP or a denial has been received, a TAR may then be submitted to CenCal Health
- Verify that a TAR is required
- Click here to submit eTAR
- Fax supporting documentation to (805) 681-3071
- The TAR has been approved for the specified date span.
- Pending/Sent for Review
- The TAR requires manual review.
- The returned TAR states specifically why the decision was made and a description of the appeal process will be attached.
If a provider receives a denial, deferral or modification of a TAR, the provider may contact the physician reviewer or file an appeal by calling or writing to the address and/or phone number below.
Health Services Department
4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Providers may appeal a denied or modified TAR by submitting the TAR Appeal Form document within 90 calendar days from the date of the original decision.
Be sure to include these items in your documentation:
- A copy of the original TAR and denial notification
- A letter stating why denial or modification should be overturned
- Documentation to support overturning the original denial or modification