Aao-hns template Appeal Letter for Diagnostic Imaging Studies Reimbursement for Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgery and Cone Beam ct



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AAO-HNS Template Appeal Letter for Diagnostic Imaging Studies Reimbursement for Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgery and Cone Beam CT (September 2014)
In response to the denials many members have received for performing and/or interpreting diagnostic imaging studies of the head and neck, the Health Policy team has drafted an appeal template letter, which members may use to appeal their denials. This letter is generic and acts only as guidance for you to construct your appeal letter. You should use your company letterhead/logo and fill in the blanks and header information. Please remove the sections in the template letter that do not apply to your denial. We recommend that you also submit any other relevant supporting documents (for example medical notes, operative reports, clinical indicators, etc.) as well as the Academy’s Advocacy Statement on the issue and the Academy’s Position Statement on Point of Care Imaging.

Date


Attn: Director of Claims

Insurance company name

Insurance company address
Re: Claim #:

Patient Name

Patient’s ID #:

Dates of Service:

Total Billed Amount:

Option 1: Choose this option if the payer’s policy excludes the specialty of Otolaryngology from reimbursement for the performance and/or interpretation of diagnostic imaging studies of the head and neck.

Dear [insert Medical Director’s name]:

This letter is a formal request for reconsideration of a denial received for the professional and/or technical component of [choose CT, MRI, or ultrasound] for patient [insert patient’s name]. The claim for the [CT, MRI, or ultrasound] was billed with CPT [include CPT code].

Contact with local representatives of your organization has indicated that [insert payer’s name] policy is as follows: [insert payer’s policy]. I disagree with [insurer name]’s denial of the claim based on your logic that board-certified otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeons lack the necessary credentials and/or expertise to appropriately and accurately perform and/or interpret diagnostic imaging studies of the head and neck.

Please find enclosed a statement from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) in support of otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeons utilizing point-of-care for your consideration with this appeal.

Please reprocess this claim(s), allowing payment for the performance and/or interpretation of the [CT, MRI, or ultrasound]. If no additional benefits will be released, we will appreciate your written response with supporting documentation from CMS guidelines or any applicable internal policy guidelines. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[insert doctor’s name]

Enclosures: [insert enclosed documents]

cc: [insert patient’s name]


Option 2: Choose this option if the payer does not provide coverage for Cone Beam CT modalities.
This letter is a formal request for reconsideration of a denial received for the professional and/or technical component of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (“CBCT” or otherwise known as “miniCT”) for patient [insert patient’s name]. The claim for the CBCT was billed with CPT [include CPT code].
Contact with local representatives of your organization has indicated that [insert payer’s name] policy is as follows: [insert payer’s policy]. I disagree with [insurer name]’s denial of the claim based on your logic that the efficacy of CBCT has not been demonstrated for studies evaluating the sinus complexes relative to conventional CT.
Please find enclosed a statement from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) in support of otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeons utilizing point-of-care for your consideration with this appeal.
Please reprocess this claim(s), allowing payment for the performance and/or interpretation of the CBCT. If no additional benefits will be released, we will appreciate your written response with supporting documentation from CMS guidelines or any applicable internal policy guidelines. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

[insert doctor’s name]

Enclosures: [insert enclosed documents]

cc: [insert patient’s name]


Option 3: Choose this option if the payer’s policy excludes the specialty of Otolaryngology from reimbursement for the performance and/or interpretation of diagnostic imaging studies of the head and neck AND does not provide coverage for Cone Beam CT modalities.
[Please combine language from Option 1 and 2 and include the Academy’s Advocacy Statement and Position Statement].


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