Archive for September, 2009

PostHeaderIcon Health care reform update….

With the change of season the health care debate cooled off.  The democratic  congress created  monster health care bill is a thing of a past.  The Senate Finance Committee began the markup of Senator Max Baucus’ version of health care reform.  This bill promise coverage for more Americans along with controlling  cost.  The first vote expected by the end of the week.

PostHeaderIcon Mistakes and confusions…

A claim for a diagnostic imaging of a broken bone  has been submitted to an insurance company. The claim was denied by the insurance company, citing the lack of reason for medical necessity. One would think that presistenent pain should deserve proper  diagnoses and treatment .

In the world of the insurance companies that’s not always the case!

Soon after the denying the claim, an appeal had been filed. The response to the appeal should have been a simple overturn of a denial, but the response was denial of the appeal.  Following regular appeals procedure, a second level of appeal had been filed to have the claim paid.  That is when things got interesting….

The second level was denied based for the reason of “no first level of appeal on file”.  Having the first level of denial in hand, I call the insurance company to say “I have the first level of denial in my hand, where do I fax it?” To my surprise the insurance company isn’t interested on my documentation; they rely on CareCore for information and they are going with that!  They need to investigate and will give me a call back.  There isn’t a way for me for moving forward, so I wait.  A few days later I  receive a call back.  I am told that the appeal was filed as a “provider appeal”, therefore I have to re-file the first level. At this point I call the billing department of the hospital at 7 AM and to my surprise a billing supervisor picks up the phone. She verifies  that the hospital has not filed any appeal.

Just to keep things in motion I re-send all the papers to CareCore.  In return I get a call back from a confused nurse, who wants to start an approval process for a new service. No more broken bones please…

By this time, I have made a new friend at the insurance company who is telling me that “this is very frustrating”. You don’t say… Following many more phone calls, it turns out that CareCore,  and the radiology management subcontractor made couple of mistakes during the filing process.  The entire mess is elevated to management level for correcting the mistake, but unfortunately, it requires more paperwork.  After two weeks of trading phone calls, and admission of mistakes, I get to file my second level of appeal for the diagnostic image of a broken bone claim. The insurance company will evaluate the second level of appeal and they’ll let me know within 30 days. By no means the second level of appeal is a slam dunk, it still could be denied for the reason of medical necessity. In that case my new friend at the insurance company will get more calls and be even more frustrated.

Stay tuned for more…