Medicaid Provider Resources

We know that you are busy, and having access to the latest Virginia Premier tools and information is critical in today’s fast paced healthcare environment. So Virginia Premier decided to create an area dedicated to providing quick and easy access to the latest Virginia Premier provider communications and tools.

The Provider Manual is one of the many tools that Virginia Premier has available to make doing business with us easier. The Provider Manuals contain Virginia Premier’s policies and processes on topics such as Member Benefits and Covered Services, Claims and Electronic Payments, Medical Management, Pharmacy Guidelines and much more.

Looking for the latest Virginia health care news and updates from Virginia Premier? The Provider Newsletter is just one of the ways we regularly communicate changes, updates and reminders to the provider network. 






Below, you can find a comprehensive listing of all provider notifications and changes that have been communicated to our network providers. 






Interested in the opportunity to interact with your local Provider Services team and other providers in your area? Then attend one of Virginia Premier’s quarterly Provider Education Meetings that are held throughout our various service areas. These meetings are intended to give providers and their staff the opportunity to exchange ideas and suggestions with Virginia Premier staff while also receiving the latest news and updates.  To attend, please call the  Provider Relations Call Center at 804-968-1529  (M-F 8am to 6pm) or contact a regional contact below.

Regional Contacts

Central Virginia



Western Virginia/Charlottesville

South West Virginia

Northern Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Virginia Premier require referrals to specialists? 

Referrals are not required when sending a member to a participating specialist. However, authorization is required if a member is sent to a non-participating provider. Please contact Virginia Premier’s Medical Management Department at 800-727-7536 to obtain a referral for non-participating providers.

Q: Do Virginia Premier members need referrals for routine vision services?

No. Members may see a VSP contracted provider without a referral for routine vision services. For a list of participating providers go to or by calling 800-852-7600.

Q: Will Virginia Premier accept a DME request written on a prescription pad?

No. Pursuant to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) all DME requests for supplies and equipment must be accompanied by a certificate of medical necessity form (CMN) form for documentation purposes. However, the Utilization Management Department will accept the initial request written by the provider to ensure timely service for the member.

Q. Do Virginia Premier members have copays?

Medallion and FAMIS MOMS do not have copays, only FAMIS enrollees have copays for services. Please refer to the member’s ID card for copay amounts or call Virginia Premier’s Member Services department at 800-727-7536. Our policy for Appeals and Grievances for Virginia Premier members can be found here: Appeals and Grievances.

Q. How are PCP’s selected for members?

Virginia Premier members are given the opportunity to select a participating PCP at the time of enrollment. If the member does not select a PCP prior to enrollment, then Virginia Premier will assign a PCP to the member. The member will receive a new member packet and ID card prior to their enrollment start date.

Q: Can we perform labs in our office? If not, which reference lab do Virginia Premier members need to use?

You may perform CLIA waived labs for Virginia Premier members in the office. All other lab tests must be sent to one of Virginia Premier’s contracted labs such as LabCorp or Quest Labs (CCL). All providers who perform CLIA waived labs must submit their CLIA certificate number in box 19 of the CMS1500 claim form in order to receive payment.

Q: I am not sure who my Virginia Premier Provider Service Representative is, how can I find out who s/he is?

You may contact Provider Services at 800-727-7536, option 6 to obtain the name and number of your local Provider Services Representative.

Q: If a member has another PCP’s name on their member ID card, can we still see that member?

Yes. If you are a participating provider with Virginia Premier, you may see that member. Virginia Premier strongly encourages PCP offices to have the member either call and change their PCP during the office visit or to have the member complete a PCP Change Request Form. Forms Library (Medical Management)

Q: Is transportation available to all Virginia Premier enrolled members?

No. Routine transportation is not a covered benefit for FAMIS members. All transportation requests must be received 72 hours prior to the member’s appointment.

Q. What is the time limit for appealing the outcome of a claim?

Appeals for denied claims must be submitted to Virginia Premier within 60 days from the date on the Virginia Premier remit.

Q. Can I submit a reproduced paper claim?

Unfortunately due to our OCR system that scans all paper claims into our claim adjudication system, providers are required to submit new claim forms with red and black ink. We will return any copied claim forms that we receive to the provider with an explanation.

Q: What is considered a “clean claim”?

A “clean claim” is defined as a claim that has no material defect or impropriety (including any lack of any reasonably required substantiation documentation) which substantially prevents timely payment from being made on the claim or with respect to which Virginia Premier has failed to timely notify the person submitting the claim of any such defect or impropriety.

Q: How long does the provider credentialing process take with Virginia Premier?

The credentialing process for providers can take up to 120 days to be processed and completed once an application has been received in the Credentialing Department. There are some instances in which this process can take less time to complete.

Q. Does Virginia Premier participate with CAQH?

Yes we do. Virginia Premier highly encourages all providers to utilize CAQH, to simplify the credentialing and re-credentialing process.

Q: I am interested in joining the Virginia Premier network as a provider, what do I need to do?

Providers can apply to be a part of network by doing one of the following:

All requests for participation are reviewed by the Network Development Committee and considered based on the needs of the service area.

Q: Is a provider required to notify Virginia Premier when closing or leaving a practice?

Yes. The Group or Provider is contractually required to give Virginia Premier ninety (90) days advance written notice with a termination date and reason for the provider’s departure. The notice should be sent to:

Virginia Premier Health Plan, Inc.
Attn: Network Development / Contracting Specialist
PO Box 5307, Richmond, VA 23220

Or fax to 804-819-5366

Providers are required to provide thirty (30) days advance notice in writing to members. Members should be advised on how to access their medical records upon closure of the office.

Q: How can I obtain a copy of the provider access standards for participating providers?

The access standards are located in the Virginia Premier Provider Manuals. They are also posted annually in the Provider newsletter as well.

Q: How can I obtain a Provider Manual?

The Virginia Premier Provider Manual can be downloaded online from the Provider Manuals tab on this page. Hard copies are available by contacting Network Development, (800) 727-7536 option 6. If there are any relevant changes they are posted on the website, quarterly Provider newsletters and special notices sent to Providers.

Q: Who should I contact if I suspect fraud? 

If you suspect fraud being committed by a Member or Provider, please contact our Program Integrity Manager at 800-727-7536 ext. 55104. You can remain anonymous and information will be kept confidential.