Optum Physical Health announces the STarT Back Screening Tool

As referenced in the 2014 third quarter Optum newsletter, effective in the fourth quarter of 2014, Optum Physical Health (OptumTM) will include reporting of the STarT Back Screening Tool (SBST) as part of the electronic clinical submissions for those providers who are required to submit.

For your information, I have attached the letter that has been sent to Optum providers detailing the inclusion of the SBST in the “Patient Completes this Section” of the electronic Patient Summary Form (PSF). The PSF incorporates a version of the SBST that should be used for most adult patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

There will be a slight delay in the deployment of this tool. The SBST will be visible to providers logging on to the portal on December 7, 2014 rather than the November 23, 2014 date noted in the letter.

If your members have questions, please direct them to Optum’s Member Provider Services (MPS) at (800) 873-4575 or their support clinician.


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