Have you or your loved one been denied acute care or rehab services on the basis that “Medicare won’t cover it?” More and more hospitals and rehab facilities have been denying services because they don’t want to deal with the red-tape of Medicare cutting into profit margins. There are ways to fight back, but you will need to act quickly and gain the support of your doctor to be successful. The most important step in fighting a Medicare denial is getting your doctor on board, and having him or her provide a letter of “medical necessity.” The Center for Medicare Services recently published a hand-book for Medicare appeals for Part A and Part B, aimed at health care providers. Consumers of health care should also find this resource to be very valuable. There are several levels of the appeal process, and deadlines are important to follow. For detailed information from the CMS click here:  CMS Medicare Appeals

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