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A Collection of Case Studies, Position Papers and White Papers from AppriseMD

Rightsizing Length of Stay


Hospitals working to improve efficiency by rightsizing length of stay and reducing avoidable hospital inpatient days must implement a process that begins prior to admission and extends beyond discharge. Extended hospital stays beyond what is needed for high quality care and avoidable readmissions, can be associated with an increased potential for complications such as hospital acquired infections and patient safety events. Reducing extended stays relies on a coordinated, multi-facetted process to reach the desired outcomes.

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Should hospitals pursue appeals of Medicare denials?


Hospital executives and case review managers should soon see the back-logged appeals process speed up for denied Medicare claims. That means hospitals now have one less reason not to pursue appeals of Medicare denials.

According to attorney Knicole C. Emanual, writing for RACmonitor, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) enough new funding to hire 70 additional administrative law judges. These new judges will be charged with hearing the backlog of appeals cases that up until now had a 4-6-year waiting period. Emanual writes, “OMHA now has the capacity to hear and render decisions for approximately 300,000 appeals per year,” which she said was higher than the number of appeals being filed.1

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Outpatient Arthroplasty Surgery: A Position Paper from AppriseMD


The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons have stated that hip and knee replacements can be safely performed in the outpatient setting in some specific circumstances. However, the wording implies the procedure is most appropriate in an ideal patient when performed in a facility and by a surgical team specifically equipped for this type of procedure.  The clear implication is that an outpatient procedure should not be a viewed as an appropriate or mandatory setting for arthroplasty procedures.

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CASE STUDY: Can Peer-to-Peer Reviews Overturn Short Hospital Stay Inpatient Denials?


Inpatient admissions less than two days in length which have been denied by a commercial carrier are appropriate for Peer-to-Peer Review, but not all hospitals and doctors have the time or the will to do these reviews. Once we have moved past the extreme situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are going to look hard at finding any way they can recoup dollars. We have done a limited study and seen the benefit of P2P reviews at AppriseMD and how it can reverse denials and recoup dollars for hospitals.

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CMS reverses course on inpatient only list

After what must have been significant feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now reversing its move to eliminate the inpatient only (IPO) list in 2022 and add back the 298 services removed from the IPO list in 2021. 1 If this goes through in 2022, it will require hospitals to be extra […]

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Utilization Review: In-house or Outsource?

Utilization management programs are often in-house services provided by hospital staff. However, more and more hospitals are outsourcing utilization review management as the pressure mounts to contain costs, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, and improve care. Hospitals benefit from outsourcing utilization review in several ways, as it can: Free up in-house physician advisors and chief […]

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Documentation – A key for reduced denials

There is one relatively easy way hospitals can reduce claims denials: better clinical documentation. Insurance companies require documentation, and it is often the leading factor in level of care and admission denials. The importance of providing complete documentation never goes away. Treating physicians and utilization review managers must ensure that every admission includes: All the […]

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A quiet shift that could shake up hospital Utilization Review

There is a seismic shift happening in Utilization Review: As of Saturday, May 1, 2021, UnitedHealthcare, the country’s largest healthcare insurance provider, is changing guidelines to adjudicate the level of care cases for hospitals from Milliman Care Guidelines (MCG) to InterQual.1 AppriseMD will be working closely with our current hospital clients to ensure this is […]

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Recouping revenue lost to COVID

Utilization Review Managment can help hospitals with COVID revenue loss

COVID-19 continues to have detrimental effects not only on health of people, but also on the economy and businesses in general. Included in these businesses are hospitals which have been expected to be fully supplied, staffed and ready to provide cutting edge care throughout the pandemic.  According to a new report released in February from […]

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