With a current backlog of 700,000 claims, it is important to pick the right representative to ensure that your claim does not fall through the cracks in the system.
Under the first stage, a remittance request must be filed within 120 days from the date of receipt of the initial determination. The request must be in writing, filed by you or your authorized representative, with the claim number, and signed by you or your authorized representative, along with any supporting documentation to prove the validity of the claim.
The MAC has 60 days to issue a decision based upon the information that has been provided. A proper response to either a denial of a claim or remittance advice (RA) at the initial stage is crucial in resolving an outstanding dispute and to avoid any interruption in business cash flow.
If the MAC issues an unfavorable decision, the provider then appeals the decision to the QIC within 180 days. This response must again be set out in writing and clearly explain the reason for the disagreement along with any other evidence not included in the initial determination.
It is important to note, evidence not included in the reconsideration request may be excluded from consideration in the further stages of the appellate process. Within 60 days of the submission, the QIC will issue a decision based upon all of the submitted evidence.
It is important that this response is prepared by a qualified legal representative to ensure that all the pertinent evidence is submitted and explained in order to achieve a favorable determination.