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The Sentinel: June 2023


Alarming Trend: Sharp Increase in Commercial Insurer Claims Denials

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Anecdotal evidence about increasing claim denials has been on the medical practice airwaves for months. Whether purposeful or not, commercial health insurers are denying claims at alarmingly high rates. A newly published analysis of claims data revealed that commercial insurers denied a remarka...

Risk Matters: MATE Act Required Training

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

SVMIC is aware of a recent letter sent to all DEA-registered practitioners outlining a new law, referred to as the MATE Act, that requires a one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all such practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Begin...

The Importance of Following Up Follow-Up Care

Closed Claim Review  |  J. Baugh, JD, CPA

A recurring theme in SVMIC policyholder education is the importance of effective communication between a healthcare provider and a patient.  Another recurring theme is the issue of a healthcare provider following up with a patient after the patient has been advised to seek additional testing, treatment, ...

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