Reconsideration and appeal submissions going digital
Affects network commercial and Medicare Advantage health care professionals and facilities
Last modified: Oct. 30, 2023.
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In 2023, our work to replace paper with digital tools will shift to eliminating paper you send to us. This change:
Eliminates postal delays, lost mail, and processing time for UnitedHealthcare to receive and scan the documents into our system
May make it easier for health care professionals to meet reconsideration and appeal timely filing deadlines by eliminating mail times
As a result, beginning Feb. 1, 2023, you’ll be required to submit claim reconsiderations and post-service appeals electronically. This change affects most* network health care professionals (primary and ancillary) and facilities that provide services to commercial and UnitedHealthcare® Medicare Advantage plan members. This does not affect pre-service clinical appeals.
Please share the following changes and digital workflow options with your team, including outside vendors, such as revenue cycle management companies.
Application Programming Interface (API): Consider submitting reconsiderations and appeals through API. Data can be distributed to your practice management system or any application you prefer. API requires technical programming between your organization and UnitedHealthcare.
There is a 2-step process for network health care professionals and facilities if they don’t agree with the outcome of the original claim payment or denial. (Claim reconsiderations don’t apply to some states based on applicable state law.)
Step 1 is to file a claim reconsideration request. Step 2 is to file an appeal if you disagree with the outcome of the claim reconsideration decision. The 2-step process allows for a total of 12 months for timely submission of both steps. More information can be found in the Network Administrative Guide at UHCprovider.com/guides.
What’s ahead in paperless
In 2023, you can expect more paper submissions and mailings we send you to go digital. Later in 2023, we’ll require you to submit claims and claim attachments electronically. We’ll also continue to encourage UnitedHealthcare commercial members to use digital ID cards.
All required paperless transitions will be announced in Network News at least 90 days prior to the change. We encourage you to explore our digital solutions and review your workflows so that your team is prepared. Review the most up-to-date information, exclusions and schedule at UHCprovider.com/digital.