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TTY/TDD 711
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TTY/TDD 711

Member Grievances MLTC


What If I Have A Grievance?

Senior Whole Health of New York will try its best to deal with your concerns or issues as quickly as possible and to your satisfaction. You may use either our grievance process or our appeal process, depending on what kind of problem you have.

There will be no change in your services or the way you are treated by SWH of NY staff or a healthcare provider because you file a grievance or an appeal. We will maintain your privacy. We will give you any help you may need to file a grievance or appeal. This includes providing you with interpreter services or help if you have vision and/or hearing problems. You may choose someone (like a relative or friend or a provider) to act for you.

To file a grievance or to appeal a plan action, please call 1-877-353-0185. TTY/TDD users please call 711.

Or write to:

Senior Whole Health of New York Quality Improvement Department
58 Charles Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

You may also contact the New York State Department of Health at anytime for filing complaints: 1-866-712-7197

Division of Long Term Care
Bureau of Managed Long Term Care
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower Room 1911
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

When you contact us, you will need to give us your name, address, telephone number and the details of the problem.

What is a Grievance?

A grievance is any communication by you to us of dissatisfaction about the care and treatment you receive from our staff or providers of covered services. For example, if someone was rude to you or you do not like the quality of care or services you have received from us, you can file a grievance with us.

The Grievance Process

You may file a grievance orally or in writing with us. The person who receives your grievance will record it, and appropriate plan staff will oversee the review of the grievance. We will send you a letter telling you that we received your grievance and a description of our review process. We will review your grievance and give you a written answer within one of two timeframes.
  1. If a delay would significantly increase the risk to your health, we will decide within 48 hours after receipt of necessary information, but no more then 7 (seven) calendar days from receipt of the grievance.
  2. For all other types of grievances, we will notify you of our decision within 45 days of receipt of necessary information, but the process must be completed within 60 days of the receipt of the grievance.
  3. The review period can be increased up to 14 days if you request it or if we need more information and the delay is in your interest.
Our answer will describe what we found when we reviewed your grievance and our decision about your grievance.

How do I Appeal a Grievance Decision?

If you are not satisfied with the decision we make concerning your grievance, you may request a second review of your issue by filing a grievance appeal. You must file a grievance appeal in writing. It must be filed within 60 business days of receipt of our initial decision about your grievance. Once we receive your appeal, we will send you a written acknowledgement telling you the name, address and telephone number of the individual we have designated to respond to your appeal. All grievance appeals will be conducted by appropriate professionals, including health care professionals for grievances involving clinical matters. These professionals would not have been involved in the initial decision.

For standard appeals, we will make the appeal decision within 30 business days after we receive all necessary information to make our decision. If a delay in making our decision would significantly increase the risk to your health, we will use the expedited grievance appeal process. For expedited grievance appeals, we will make our appeal decision within 2 business days of receipt of necessary information. For both standard and expedited grievance appeals, we will provide you with written notice of our decision. The notice will include the detailed reasons for our decision and, in cases involving clinical matters, the clinical rationale for our decision.

Last Updated 10/29/2013
NYS DOH Approved 10/29/2013