Medicare Advantage Plan contracts are “take-it-or-leave-it” agreements Many questions are swirling about regarding Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) denials asking what to do about the increasing number and given reasons.  I’ve heard or read some amazing stories where payers have gone to astounding lengths to deny claims.  Answers are also swirling…
A Manhattan Institute senior fellow makes his case for Medicare Advantage. A prominent conservative healthcare policy expert had a simple message in a recent opinion column: before diving into a debate over the prospects of “Medicare for All,” maybe Medicare needs a bit of tinkering first. Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow…
There are steps providers should take for holding managed care plans accountable. Considerable effort is regularly devoted by healthcare providers to overcome coverage denials through the application of the governing rules, such as they can be leveraged. Following the rules is tough in a world where money talks, bringing us…
The debate over the controversial two-midnight rule rages on. Ok, I surrender. “This is not the hill I intend to die on” is an accurate metaphor. There has been here at RACmonitor a flurry of concern, debate, troubled investigation, and notice of dodging by health plans, and, as we’ve come…
Controversy continues to swirl around this subject. A recent article of mine focused on the argument that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have to follow the two-midnight rule. It certainly generated buzz; I received a number of emails with comments and questions. First, I want to note that I love getting…
The total denial per claim can run in the tens of thousands of dollars. Chuck Buck has asked me to share with you our experiences here at the University of Wisconsin regarding so-called “forensic” audits done on our outlier claims, which we are receiving from a review firm called Equian.…
The controversy continues over hospitals denied authorization to transfer patients to LTACHs. It is my long-held opinion that health insurance companies exist to not pay claims. They are an investment tool for the investment class. The plutocracy has never acted in its own long-term best interests. In few places is…
Patients “managed” out of benefits on Medicare Advantage programs. Administrative overhead for Medicare fee-for-service operations typically runs at approximately 2-3 percent. Overhead for commercial insurance plans has been reported to be 18-20 percent. So, what services are being denied by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to account for this cost difference?…
Controversy Swirls: Payers vs Providers EDITOR’S NOTE: Attorney David Glaser reported this story live on Monitor Monday today. That statement may appear to be somewhat controversial, but it shouldn’t be. First, plans are required to provide the patient with benefits that are at least as generous as those required under…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to modernize the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs, as well as launch an ambitious expansion of telehealth benefits, according to a proposed rule the agency issued last week. Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D provide seniors with health and prescription…
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