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The Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals (ACAP) is a nationally recognized association of independent Claims Assistance Professionals (CAP). Our members provide medical claims assistance and patient advocacy to individuals and businesses across the country. We are each independently owned for-profit businesses whose services are fee-based. All members undergo a rigorous application and vetting process and provide multiple professional references in order to be invited to join the organization. Our membership provides a broad array of assistance that ranges from local and regional focus to national and even global representation.


May 2024

Medical Claim Denial

lost imageInsurance denials of medical claims are commonplace. Insurance companies deny payment for multiple reasons. It could be a medical necessity, a coding error, edits, and many more. Insurance companies get very creative to find confusing explanations for why a claim is denied.
The good thing about a denial is that it lets us know the claim is unpaid. Careful reading of the Explanation of Benefit (EOB) gives clues and directions on what to do next. Unfortunately, those instructions are not always clear or even true.
The best thing to do is call the insurance company and find out what the problem is. Ask as many questions as you can think of and ask for clarifications and step-by-step instructions to get the claim paid. There are times when the insurance representative offers to correct a small problem or offers to call the physician to get the correct information. It is a good idea to let them help.
It is most definitely frustrating and very personal. Try to separate emotions during the call and try to understand what needs to be done. If all your efforts fail, do give us a call to help you get that claim paid.

-Katalin Goencz from Medbillsassist

April 2024

Balance Due After Insurance Payment

lost imageA client came to me for assistance with an air ambulance balance of over $4,200.00 after payment from their insurance. He was severely injured resulting in being in a wheelchair and not able to work. The client was fortunate to have an insurance policy that significantly paid on the hospital and provider bills; one of the largest balances due was the air ambulance. I sent a letter to the air ambulance company that described the client’s injuries, ongoing rehab and financial situation asking for a reconsideration of the balance due. About a month or two later the air ambulance company sent their response. They did consider the client’s eligibility for financial assistance and wrote off the remaining balance.
Air and ground ambulances are not necessarily in-network with insurance companies because they would have to sign a contract and then accept the amount paid by insurance. When you receive a balance due, call the company to request their financial assistance form(s). Don’t be afraid to ask them to negotiate with you or even offer a final amount for full and final payment.

-Ann Rowland from ASR Medical Billing Consultant

March 2024

International Claim

lost imageAn 80-year-old woman contacted me about an issue with her Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. She fell and fractured her pelvis in Mexico, was hospitalized there for about a week, and then moved to a rehab program, also in Mexico. She had filed her paperwork with her California-based Medicare Advantage plan, and they never responded. She asked me to follow up with them and see why they were not paying for her out-of-country claims. Her MA plan was contacted, and they finally reviewed the claim.
The family had spent about $10,000 for her medical care in Mexican Peso before she was transferred back to California. At first, the Medicare Advantage plan paid about $3,000 to her. I contacted the plan several more times, and they reviewed the paperwork and the payments again. Part of the difficulty was that the payments were on a credit card, and they had trouble with the conversions, which should not have caused a delay, but it did.
After about 6 months of follow-up, they paid my client about $9,000 in total, and she agreed that it satisfied her. When the claim was initially filed, there was no clear listing of all the services provided; the Medicare Advantage plan could not easily reconstruct what medical services she received and when. Had my client had contacted me sooner, I would have organized the filing for her and made sure there was adequate documentation.

At the end, the client received most of her money back that she spent and she was pleased with the outcome.

-Patricia Stone from Stone Ortenberg Support

February 2024

What Have You Got to Lose??

lost imageA client recently reached out to me. He had just received a $39, 935.23 bill from the office that had provided their son with ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy & PT (Physical Therapy) 3 and 4 years prior.
The family’s health insurance had paid his claims until this time. In fact, some months they paid and then randomly decided not to pay claims the other months; sending letters stating the provider was out of network (NOT SO!); or the patient did not have this benefit. (NOT SO!).
Three (3) months later, I succeeded in reducing the family’s financial responsibility to $5, 038.12 (less than 13% of the debt). Based on their in network benefits, this was the patient’s deductible & co-insurance over 2 years.
It took much determination & a dose of persistence, but I accomplished what we set out to do with cooperation from the health insurance company, the provider’s office & the family.

This certainly was worth pursuing!

-Karen Weiss from ABC's 3R Solution

January 2024

Charity Care…Don’t be Embarrassed to Ask

lost imageMost hospitals offer assistance with medical bills through charity care, or financial need applications. While the existence of these funds is often not actively publicized by the facilities, they are available and accessible to patients at varying income levels.
In a recent case, a client with more than $10,000 in hospital and related-provider bills reached out to us, to help reduce their financial liability. After successfully navigating the patient through the financial need application process, we were able to erase $8,000 in charges and are now finalizing the same process with the affiliated providers who are recognizing the hospital’s determination of financial need for the patient.
We recommend that the first step that patients with excessive hospital bills should take is to investigate what funds might be available for those in financial need. Keep in mind, don’t be afraid to hear “no” as the answer.

You are no worse off than if you didn’t ask, but you will frequently hear “yes,” and this, after all, is your goal.

-Robert Berman from SysteMedic, Inc.