Higher overturn rates noted when the appeal is filed outside of the payer’s internal appeal process.  I’d like to share some information gained from appealing over 2,000 clinical validation denials for sepsis in the state of New York since the time of the release of the Sepsis-3 criteria in February…
Clinical validation denials continue to climb. When payers issue clinical validation denials, they challenge diagnoses documented in the chart by the providers caring for the patient. Sometimes, it’s not simply the validity of diagnoses in question, but whether coding rules were violated.  This being the case, assessment and subsequent potential…
Document it right on the front end; avoid fighting a denial on the back end I was recently asked about a post from Hospital Performance regarding acute respiratory failure and airway protection (https://soundphysicians.com/blog/2018/06/20/from-the-appeals-desk-acute-respiratory-failure-part-1-2/), and I wanted to expand on what the author, Dr. Hesham Hassaballa, wrote. A key point is…
Medical policies are based off of evidence-based medicine. Without proper documentation, however, most providers struggle to get services or procedures covered for patients.Exactly what is medical necessity? To many, it is the belief that a service or procedure is warranted or justified for a patient. Others view it as a…
In short, you can avoid sepsis denials when documentation in the patient encounter shows a clear delineation of a non-systemic infection. This is the only ironclad defense that will withstand any and all scrutiny. Sepsis clinical parameters are good for capturing and preempting even early sepsis cases, but unless the…
An estimated 20 percent of all healthcare claims in the U.S. are denied each year. The financial impact for some hospitals is estimated to be in the range of $250 million annually.When denials are appealed, success rates can vary from 55 to 98 percent.Some hospitals are moving from denial management…
Much attention and dedicated work have been devoted toward clinical documentation improvement and accurate, specific coding. Clearly, those are of great importance. However, I want to address the physician Part B insurance denials that have nothing to do with how good the clinical documentation is and how accurate the coding…
Now that ICD-10 has been with us a while, the most frustrating tasks that hospitals are dealing with are claims denials. Whether for line items or entire stays, they present significant challenges as it pertains to revenue and resources. Does your facility have the proper process in place to handle…