In 2019, thirty percent of the money spent on healthcare in the U.S. was wasted through inappropriate care levels, unnecessary procedures, abuse, fraud, and other deviations from established standards of care. Mary Ann Seibold, who worked four years reviewing care given to Medicare Advantage patients explains how she went from Medicare watchdog to LNC and also the vital watchdog nature that utilization management plays in attempting to keep down the cost of wasteful medical activity.
As a nurse, she served on the front line of this reviewing process, and she asserts that nurses’ healthcare knowledge, familiarity with accepted standards of care, and evidence-based criteria processes are crucial in evaluating healthcare practices and procedures.
The specific standards within the insurance companies are stringent and specific. The several regulatory agencies involved in this process may have different standards, which usually means that the evaluating nurse chooses the more stringent of the standards.
Mary Ann explains what happens when a claim is denied. The process is long, time-consuming, and, since time is money, costly. In her professional life, Mary Ann transitioned from her work for Medicare Advantage to opening a practice as a legal nurse consultant. She found that the analytical skills she honed as a case evaluator transferred seamlessly to her work as an LNC. Understanding how the claims and payment process works in terms of insurance companies will broaden your expertise as an LNC. Be sure to listen to or read this podcast.
Join me in this episode of Legal Nurse Podcast to learn about the Connection between Medicare Watchdog to LNC
- What is utilization review?
- How does utilization review address waste in the medical industry?
- In what ways do the utilization review standards provide guidance for treatment?
- What does it mean for a claim to be denied?
- What role do Federal regulatory agencies play in the review process?
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You’ve seen the victims of violence – the woman with bruises or lacerations or broken bones who mutters about walking into a door, or falling down stairs. You know that these stories don’t ring true.
One of four women in the U.S. and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
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Attorneys who handle these cases are stymied by
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Your Presenter From Watchdog to LNC – Mary Ann Seibold
Mary Ann Seibold is a registered nurse with over 12 years of experience in the healthcare field both clinically and administratively. After graduating with a BSN in nursing; she went to work as a medical-surgical and critical care nurse. After a few years MaryAnn went back to earn an MBA in Healthcare Administration; education she took to the insurance side of healthcare to review cases for the Medicare Advantage population. Currently, she owns and operates her own legal nurse consulting business Seibold and Associates Consulting Agency. Here she uses all her various experiences providing focused, insightful reviews for attorney clients.
Connect with Mary Ann seiboldconsultingagency.com