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Radiology Programs

National Imaging Associates (NIA) Administered Programs

Independent Health has teamed up with National Imaging Associates (NIA) to administer radiology pre-authorization for advanced radiology.

Ordering physicians are required to request the pre-authorization and approval through

Contact our Provider Relations Department at (716) 631-3282 or 1-800-736-5771, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to verify if these programs are applicable for a particular member’s plan. 

Advanced Radiology

This program is a radiology and imaging benefit management program for non-emergent, advanced, outpatient radiology services designed to ensure clinically appropriate care. Advanced Radiology includes:

  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (non-cardiac PET)

View and download this helpful Quick Reference Guide on requesting pre-authorization for Advanced Radiology Services. may be utilized to request authorization for the three programs indicated above or by calling NIA at
1-800-642-7452. If you aren’t a registered user of, contact at 1-877-80-RadMD.

If you are already registered, remember that gives you access to a number of supporting tools, such as clinical guidelines and code matrices. To access these documents, simply:

  • Log in to
  • Under “Menu Options,” click on “Health Plan Specific Educational Docs.” Click on “Independent Health.”