How to File an Appeal
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A Medicare beneficiary has the right to appeal a hospital discharge if he or she feels too sick to leave. A Medicare beneficiary can do this even if he or she is in a health maintenance organization (HMO). The hospital will provide "An Important Message from Medicare," which explains how to appeal the discharge.
Medicare beneficiaries can call KEPRO for an appeal. KEPRO staff members will look at the medical record to see if the beneficiary should stay in the hospital. The beneficiary will be informed of the decision.
- The Medicare beneficiary does not have to leave the hospital.
- The Medicare beneficiary does not have to pay for the extra days in the hospital while KEPRO staff members review the medical record.
- Additional information is available at 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227).
A Medicare beneficiary has the right to appeal a discharge if he or she does not agree with the decision that skilled services will be stopped. The beneficiary must be given a letter with the planned discharge date explaining how to appeal. A Medicare beneficiary can appeal even if he or she is in an HMO.
Once the beneficiary receives the letter, he or she can call KEPRO. A KEPRO physician will look at the medical record to see if the services should continue. The Medicare beneficiary will be informed of the decision. Additional information is available at 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227).
Managed Care Denial of Coverage
If a Medicare beneficiary is in an HMO, he or she has some additional Medicare rights. If the beneficiary feels he or she cannot get the needed care, he or she has the right to appeal to the HMO. The Medicare beneficiary can appeal things like denials for:
- Referrals to a specialist;
- Approval for tests (like x-rays or blood tests); and
- Payment of a bill.
The HMO has information about how to start the appeal process. A Medicare beneficiary who feels he or she may get worse by waiting too long can ask for an expedited appeal. This means the HMO must make a decision about the appeal within three calendar days. If you need this faster review, ask your HMO for an “expedited appeal.”
KEPRO Area 2 – Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Appeal Helpline - 844-455-8708
KEPRO Area 3 – Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Appeal Helpline - 844-430-9504
KEPRO Area 4 – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin
Appeal Helpline - 855-408-8557
TTY for all areas: 855-843-4776
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