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COVID-19 information for Affiliated Providers

Important update from Southern Cross about COVID-19 traffic light protection framework, including phone and video consultations

Southern Cross Health Society is committed to supporting you in providing healthcare services to Southern Cross members within the COVID-19 protection framework of the traffic light system.

Your dedication to patient care during this time is appreciated - thank you on behalf of our members.

Please note below the steps Southern Cross is taking to minimise the risks and implications of COVID-19 now that we are in the protection framework of the traffic light system. 

Before a visit

Our team will be following the Ministry of Health (MoH) traffic light system protection framework. We may ask you what further requirements you have before we visit. All Southern Cross employees who conduct external visits are fully vaccinated. 

In addition to the MoH safety, health and hygiene requirements, we will follow any COVID-19 guidelines you request to keep your employees and ours safe. 

Red - Partnership Managers will continue to be available to take your calls and meet online in red. If an in-person visit is required, they are only able to visit healthcare providers within their region.

Amber - Partnership Managers in amber regions may be attending meetings in person, but they are also available to take your calls and meet online.

Green - Partnership Managers in green regions can attend meetings in person and they are also available to take your calls and meet online. 

Partnership Manager contact details can be found on our Support page.

Our Relationship Managers are operating Monday to Thursday from 8.00am to 5.30pm and Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. 

Claiming for telehealth consultations

If you wish to continue to claim for telehealth consultations on behalf of members for specialist consultations (initial and follow-up), you will need to have telehealth consultation codes in your Affiliated Provider (AP) agreement. 

If you would like to add these codes, please contact your Partnership Manager

Please find below guidance on how claims can be made on behalf of Southern Cross members under your AP agreement for phone or video consultations.

Guidance for phone or video consultations

  • It’s important that you only undertake phone or video consultations when it's clinically appropriate to do so. Please follow any guidance from your college or association and the National Telehealth Leadership Group on effective phone or video specialist consultations, including the need to meet privacy and security obligations in respect to the collection of personal and health information.
  • Please note - all out-patient follow-up consultations included in the surgical price (eg up to six-week post-operative consultations) can be done by phone or video if appropriate (eg where no physical examination is required). Please note, as these are already included in the price for the surgery, they cannot be claimed for separately under your AP agreement, or otherwise. If a member cancels a specialist consultation appointment due to COVID-19, please follow your standard process for a cancellation/DNA (did not attend).

Prior approvals for rescheduled services

As usual, prior approvals are valid for 60 days, so if a healthcare service is rescheduled within that period, there’s no need to request a new approval. You will just need to amend the date on the approval in Provider Web once you have confirmed a new date.

Does your patient need to see a GP?

If your patient needs to see a GP, but cannot access their practice for any reason, they can consider using CareHQ for an online GP consultation.

From 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022 Southern Cross members will receive unlimited free online doctor consultations with CareHQ when they access CareHQ via the MySouthernCross app.

CareHQ is here to support general practice – CareHQ does not enrol patients and will not take a clawback, aiming to ensure that patients remain connected with their enroled GP practice.

CareHQ is available 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm to all New Zealanders via the CareHQ app. You can find more information for patients and members here.

Any disruptions to your work? Let us know.

Please let us know as soon as possible if there are sustained disruptions to the delivery of care to our members due to COVID-19, so we can work with you to find a solution and inform our members.

Stay in touch

There will be no travel outside of a Partnership Managers region if in red. Regions in amber or green may be attending meetings. Feel free to contact your Partnership Manager via phone, email or Teams.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will update this page as there are any further changes or updates. 

Q&As



How do I update approvals for rescheduled services? In Provider Web, use the normal process for changing a service date in the Approval Tracking screen. 
Fee for service approvals issued by Southern Cross are valid for 60 days. For rescheduled services after 60 days, members will need to reapply for prior approval through Southern Cross. This can be done online or by calling Southern Cross at 0800 800 181.
Is Provider Web still working? Yes, Provider Web is working and you can add approvals and reschedule services. Payments can also be requested as normal. 
What do I do if I can’t remember my password for Provider Web? All users that have an administrator role are now able to reset passwords. If you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager at 0800 757 838 or aps@southerncross.co.nz
My contract is due to end – what do I do?
If your contract is due to expire in the next few months, please contact your Partnership Manager as soon as you can to discuss the best option for you. 
My contract is due a CPI increase – what do I do?  
If your contract is due a CPI increase, we will process this as usual. Your Partnership Manager will be in touch with you to advise the new prices and the date they will be effective. 
What should I do if I’m working out of a different location temporarily?
We understand that you may be working out of a different location temporarily for consultations during the current traffic light system. You only need to let us know if this change of location will be a permanent one or if surgical treatment is being conducted out of a different facility.