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Electronic Treatment Authorization Request (eTAR) Available January 15, 2007 for Select Providers

January 23, 2007

Effective January 15, 2007, the electronic Treatment Authorization Request (eTAR) submission process was made available for the following 11 Medi-Cal provider types and services:

  Apnea Monitor Mobility
  Beds Orthotics and Prosthetics
  Hearing Aids Oxygen and Respiratory Equipment
  Incontinence Supplies Pumps (non-I.V.)
  I.V. Equipment Durable Medical Equipment – Other
  Medical Supplies  

The eTAR submission process was made available October 2, 2006, for the following Medi-Cal provider types and services:

  Allergy Portable X-ray
  Cochlear Implants Radiology
  Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program Restricted Office Visits
  Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) Program Surgical/Other Procedures
  Hoptel Services Telemedicine
  Hyperbaric Oxygen Transplant Acquisition

The eTAR submission process was made available July 27, 2006 for the following Medi-Cal providers and services:

  Augmentative or Alternative Communication Services Non-Pharmacy Issued Drugs
  Adult Day Health Care Centers Occupational Therapy
  Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and
Treatment (EPSDT) Nutritional Services
Physical Therapy
  Heroin Detoxification Respiratory Therapy
  Home Health Agencies and Home and
Community-Based Services
Speech Therapy
  Hospice Care Program Medical Transportation
  Long Term Care  

Using the eTAR submission process, providers can create, update, inquire on and view responses for TARs online. Providers also have access to resources such as the "Code Search Tool” for code inquires. Using the eTAR system eliminates mail and paper processing time.

To use the eTAR system, providers must have a Medi-Cal Point of Service (POS) Network/Internet Agreement form on file. On January 15, 2007, 11 new provider types and services listed above with this form on file were automatically activated for eTAR submission. Providers can enter eTAR transactions by logging on to Transaction Services and clicking the “Online TAR Application” link.

Providers whose specific service type is not listed above should continue to refer to future Medi-Cal Updates. The eTAR system will be available for other provider and service types in future months.

Web-based, step-by-step eTAR instructions are available in the “Transaction Services” area by clicking the “eTAR Medical Tutorials” link.

Instructor-led training is available on a first-come, first-served basis for activated providers. Information about training sessions is listed below. Parking fees may apply.

Additional training sessions may be added. Check the Medi-Cal Web site weekly for updates.

February 6, 2007
Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport
Session begins at 8:00 a.m.
835 Airport Boulevard
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 344-5500

February 20 or 21, 2007
Red Lion Hotel - Redding

Session begins at 8:00 a.m.
1830 Hilltop Drive
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 221-8700

March 27, 28, or 29, 2007
Long Beach Convention Center
Session begins at 8:00 a.m.
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 436-3636


These sessions do not include training for eTAR Pharmacy National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) or Request for Extension of Stay in Hospital (18-1) submissions.