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Need out-of-area care?

Here’s what you need to know about getting out-of-area care.



You are covered for emergency room and urgent care services outside the San Diego county area. You or someone acting on your behalf should notify us or your doctor within 48 hours if you are admitted to a hospital, so that your medical history can be shared and your doctor can help coordinate your care. 

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Getting out-of-area emergency care with Assist America®

You can quickly get connected with doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies when 100 miles or more away from home. Get out-of-area emergency care through Assist America, the nation's largest provider of worldwide emergency services.

To get out-of-area emergency care through Assist America:

  • Call the Assist America hotline: 1.800.872.1414
  • Say you’re a Sharp Health Plan member and use the Sharp reference number: 01-AA-SHP-09073

Out-of-area emergency services do not require an authorization from your PCP.

 

Convenience with CVS/ MinuteClinic

If you’re traveling and experience minor illness or injury, stop by a CVS/pharmacy®. Select CVS/pharmacies include MinuteClinics that are equipped to care for you. Medicare members pay their urgent care copayment anywhere in the United States.
 
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Talk to a nurse after-hours from anywhere

Calling our after-hours hotline might be a good option if a medical question arises during your travels. Compassionate nurses are ready to answer health-related questions or point you in the right direction to get the care you need. Call a nurse at 1-855-562-8853, 5 p.m – 8 a.m. PST, Monday to Friday, or 24 hours on weekends.

 

Sharp Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Advantage is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Sharp Advantage depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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Page Last Updated: 3/31/2017