Claims Adjudication

Congressional hearings on the Change Healthcare cyberattack bring attention to providers’ continuing predicament

Two congressional hearings involving the CEO of UnitedHealth Group offered few concrete solutions to the issues surrounding the Change Healthcare cyberattack but did highlight the ongoing pressures facing healthcare stakeholders. Andrew Witty, the CEO, was questioned May 1 by the Senate Finance Committee in the morning and a House subcommittee in the afternoon. For providers…

Nick Hut May 2, 2024

Cyberattack on Change Healthcare brings turmoil to healthcare operations nationwide

Resources A list of payer contacts for providers to inquire about advance payments An FAQ on Medicare accelerated and advance payments Recommendations and resources for HFMA members Link to UnitedHealth Group and Optum incident pages May 21 updates New numbers from Strata’s database describe the payment hit incurred by hospitals during approximately the first five…

Nick Hut February 25, 2024

New data shows providers continuing to win most No Surprises Act independent dispute resolution cases

Providers won a large majority of disputes initiated during the first half of 2023 through the No Surprises Act’s arbitration portal for adjudicating out-of-network payments, according to newly published data. HHS and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Treasury released public-use files (available to download here under “2023 Reporting Year”) showing the outcome of every…

Nick Hut February 21, 2024

Medicare beneficiaries would have new options for appealing their hospital patient status under a proposed rule from CMS

A proposed rule from CMS would affect the appeals process for some patients whose status is reclassified from inpatient to outpatient observation during a hospital stay. After a 2020 court ruling that was upheld at the appellate level in 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS were obligated to create additional…

Nick Hut January 17, 2024

HHS: Insurers won’t be penalized if they don’t update their No Surprises Act qualifying payment amounts as required

Providers may not immediately benefit from a favorable court ruling that affects the methodology for determining the qualifying payment amount (QPA) under the No Surprises Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance Oct. 6 that says the Biden administration will not enforce the court decision until at least May 1.…

Nick Hut October 9, 2023

HHS sets new administrative fee to be paid by parties in No Surprises Act independent dispute resolution cases

Oct. 6 update: The lead section of this article was updated where noted with news about the arbitration portal. The administrative fee for taking out-of-network payment disputes to arbitration under the No Surprises Act in 2024 would be significantly lower than it was for much of 2023, but triple the current rate, according to proposed…

Nick Hut September 22, 2023

No Surprises Act litigation update: QPA methodology deemed illegal as Texas Medical Association wins in court again (updated)

Note: The first section of this article has been updated with the latest news on the status of the arbitration portal. The fourth victory in four cases brought by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) has implications for how insurers calculate the qualifying payment amount (QPA) used to arbitrate out-of-network payment sums under the No Surprises…

Nick Hut August 25, 2023

Healthcare News of Note: DOL sues UnitedHealth Group subsidiary for claim denials

The U.S. Department of Labor recently sued UMR Inc., the nation’s largest third-party healthcare claims administrator, for denials involving emergency department services and urinary drug screening. Twenty-two of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals also made the publication’s honor roll, which recognizes hospitals for demonstrating exceptional breadth of excellence across clinical specialties. Substantial resources…

Deborah Filipek August 18, 2023

House committee approves bill requiring national provider identifiers for off-campus outpatient departments

A bill with widespread support in Congress would affect hospital billing procedures at off-campus outpatient departments if it becomes law. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce on July 12 unanimously approved legislation called the Transparency in Billing Act, which states that starting in 2024, hospital claims for items and services furnished in off-campus…

Nick Hut July 19, 2023

Report quantifies the financial impact of certain health plan business practices on providers

As hospitals seek to regain their financial footing coming out of the pandemic, they may find themselves stymied by commercial payer policies, according to a new report. “It’s true that commercial payers might generate more net revenue than public payers on a per-case basis,” Crowe states in a report it recently published. “But at what…

Nick Hut June 2, 2023
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