Medicare health plans, which include Medicare Advantage (MA) plans – such as Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Medical Savings Account plans and Private Fee-For-Service plans – Cost Plans and Health Care Prepayment Plans, must meet the requirements for grievance and appeals processing under Subpart M of the Medicare Advantage regulations. For a detailed discussion of the Medicare managed care grievance and appeals processes, click here.
Plans and providers have certain responsibilities related to notifying beneficiaries of Medicare appeal rights. If a Medicare health plan denies service or payment, in whole or in part, the plan is required to provide the enrollee with a written notice of its determination. Additionally, Medicare health plan enrollees receiving covered services from an inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency, or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility have the right to a fast, or expedited, review if they think their Medicare-covered services are ending too soon.