Reports of payer abuse continue unabated, and among the worst offenders cited by physician advisors are Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare.
Case in point: When a physician advisor recently challenged an Aetna medical director about an observation payment, the medical director didn’t have an answer, but retorted by simply saying “whatever is in our contract.”
This is but one example of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans misusing commercial guidelines and making up their own rules, as they see fit, in order to avoid paying hospitals equitably for the care they provide to their members. Reporting on this development during this edition of Monitor Mondays is Steve Phillipson, Director of Hospital Medicine at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, in Wausau, Wis.
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