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HHS OIG Report Shows Code Adjustments May Indicate Denials

March 16, 2023

In a report released March 2 by OIG, investigators found “that most 2019 MA (Medicare Advantage) encounter records contained at least one adjustment code and 55 million of these records contained codes that may indicate the denial of payments by MAOs Medicare Advantage Organizations).” The report’s key take away was that while most of the […]

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Case study alcohol withdrawal and AMA departure can still qualify as inpatient stay

An AppriseMD physician advisor spoke with the insurance company medical director regarding a denial. The patient’s medical history was discussed during the call, including the patient’s coronary artery bypass graft surgery in 2021, hypertension, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and obstructive sleep apnea. The patient did not have any significant postoperative complications and was discharged after two midnights. After a lengthy conversation, AppriseMD was able to overturn the denial due to the significant medical history which made this patient a higher risk for the procedure.

The Peer-to-Peer discussion resulted in the approval of an inpatient level of care, overturning the denial. However, the insurance company did raise quality concerns with this case. The patient required a higher level of care and multiple days were spent waiting on transfer to a higher level of care at the university hospital. The insurance company medical director felt it was important to seek alternate centers if no beds were available initially and saw the need for a quality review.

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