Welcome CareSource Providers!

CareSource partners with Vocalink Global to provide its members with interpreting services. Eligible Limited English Proficient (LEP), deaf, and hard-of-hearing members may request interpreting services during eligible visits to your facility. Through its partnership with Vocalink Global, CareSource makes it so easy for participating providers to access interpreting services through direct access to Vocalink’s online interpreting management system called “Tracker.” As a CareSource provider, this page will guide you through the registration process to use interpreting services. It also includes the terms and conditions, how to access the services, and helpful tools for understanding the various types of interpreting and when to use them.

Types of interpreter services

Vocalink will provide the following solutions, on-site, phone and video interpreting, throughout Ohio, Georgia, and Indiana.

On-Site Interpreters (OSI)

Qualified spoken language and American Sign Language (ASL) medical interpreters are available for in-person, live interpreting at your facility.

Over-the-Phone Interpreters (OPI)

Qualified language interpreters are available over-the-phone in the following cases:

  1. When an onsite interpreter is not available
  2. As a backup or first option for short/routine medical appointments
  3. As a first option for rare languages not available for OSI per Vocalink’s language list
  4. As a first option when a member prefers OPI
  5. For emergency situations where there is no time to wait for an OSI interpreter to arrive

For Ohio providers only please reference, Usage Policy, for full details.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

With VRI, you and your patient can visually connect and communicate with the interpreter during the appointment. VRI simply requires using a computer, tablet, or mobile device connected to the internet. VRI may be used in the following cases:

  1. As a first choice for all languages when the visit will not last longer than 20 minutes
  2. For ASL or spoken language emergencies
  3. As a first choice for other ASL appointments and/or spoken language appointments only with CareSource’s prior permission
  4. VRI may be offered as a backup solution when an ASL interpreter is not available onsite

For Ohio providers only please reference, Usage Policy, for full details.

Telehealth Appointments

If you are seeing a CareSource member via your telehealth platform, Vocalink can support most platforms with video or audio solutions.  When requesting an interpreter please specify if the platform you are using.

Who can request services?

Types of providers Providers accepting the following state plans may access interpreter services for eligible members.

Ohio Statewide Indiana Statewide Georgia Statewide
Medicaid Indiana Medicaid HIP Georgia Medicaid
MyCare Hoosier Healthwise PeachCare for Kids

Locations

Vocalink provides on-site services, OPI, and VRI across Ohio, Georgia, and Indiana.

Who is eligible for interpreter services?

Providers can access interpreter services for eligible members under the following state plans:

Ohio Indiana Georgia
Medicaid Indiana Medicaid HIP Georgia Medicaid
MyCare Hoosier Healthwise PeachCare for Kids

What type of appointments and departments are covered?    You may request an interpreter for medical appointments outside a hospital setting. The following types of appointments are covered: 

  • Network Physician Offices
  • Mental Health – Outpatient, Counseling
  • Dental Clinic
  • OB/GYN/Mammography/Ultrasound
  • Optical
  • Pool Therapy
  • Physicals
  • Speech Therapy
  • ENT
  • Urgent Care (OPI only)
  • Private Physician Offices leasing space in a hospital
  • Sleep Center
  • Chiropractic Care
  • PT/OT
  • Home Visits (care follow-up)
  • Diabetes Center
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Sports Medicine
  • Diagnostic Imaging/Ultrasound/MRI

The following types of appointments are not covered: 

  • Surgical Procedures
  • Pre-admission testing
  • Same-day surgery
  • Anything inpatient
  • Anything within the Emergency Room (ER)/Emergency Department (ED)

How do you sign up for using interpreting services?

To sign-up and start using interpreter services, please review the options below and select the one that most fits you.

  1. If you are currently a Vocalink client, but not a CareSource provider, and want to sign-up to use interpreter services through CareSource, please click here to visit the CareSource website to learn how to join the CareSource Network.
  2. If you are currently both a Vocalink client and a CareSource provider located in Ohio only and want to sign-up to use interpreter services through CareSource, complete Steps 1 and 2, below. The Vocalink team will contact you to enable your account for CareSource appointments.
  3. If you are a CareSource provider, but not a Vocalink client, and you want to sign-up to use interpreter services through CareSource, complete Step 1 below. The Vocalink team will contact you shortly to create your account.
  4. If you are not sure which option fits you best, please complete Step 1 only, and the Vocalink team will contact you shortly to assist.

Step 1: Contact Details

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Step 2: Ohio providers only – Review and Sign Usage Policy  After you have submitted your Contact Details, above, please click below to review, and sign the usage policy. Review & Sign Usage Policy If you have any difficulty signing the policy online, please refer to the Resources section below to download the policy and sign offline.

Using Vocalink’s services is easy and convenient. After registering, Vocalink will reach out to you to assist with implementation and staff training. Additionally, the below resources are always available at this website for training new staff or a quick refresher.

Resources

How-to Videos The following videos are available to help you navigate through Vocalink’s Tracker Interpreting Management System and VRI Platform.

  1. How to use Tracker
  2. How to use OPI
  3. How to use VRI
  4. How to invite interpreter to TeleHealth

2- User Guide

CareSource and Vocalink have put together a step by step user guides to help you access interpreter services. Feel free to download, print, and share with your staff.

3- Printable Ohio Usage Policy

We recommend that you sign the usage policy online using the secured link listed under Step 2 above, but if you have any difficulty signing the policy online, please download the policy below. When you connect with our team, they will help you uploading the signed policy.

4- CareSource Provider Services

All providers can reach a member of the CareSource Provider Services team by calling the following number: Telephone: 800-488-0134

5- Systems

Feel free to bookmark these links for quick access to Vocalink’s services:

6- Language List

Vocalink is constantly recruiting to add language capacity to its team of qualified medical interpreters. Vocalink presently offers interpreter services in more than 275 languages, including OSI in 40+ languages, VRI in 60+ languages, and OPI in 230+ languages. Download the list for details: Vocalink Global Language List

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