Imagine if your clients’ health insurance benefits included receipt of nutritious food. We can dream, right? Good news - this very benefit could be coming to an insurance plan near you.
Today we’re closing out our Insurance Hacks series with insurance hacks from dietitians themselves! Like Megan suggests below, sometimes the best tips come from your colleagues and peers themselves.
Who couldn’t use a few insurance hacks? The team here at Healthy Bytes wants to make your experience with insurance as smooth and efficient as possible. Let’s be real, the insurance landscape is a complicated one. But it doesn’t have to be! Today we’re getting started by going back to the basics and sharing insurance language with you. Time to cut through the jargon!
For those of you with questions about telehealth, we wanted to share a resource with you today and point you to the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) website. The CCHP is a public interest organization that develops and advances telehealth policy to promote improvements in health and healthcare systems. The organization researches telehealth policy issues and provides key telehealth policy resources nationwide.
Last week, we discussed what options may be available to you if an insurance panel is closed. You can submit an appeal to be admitted to a panel anyway -- an effective strategy if you have a specialty that other in-network dietitians don’t have, or if your practice location is more than 30 miles away from any other qualified dietitian’s practice. You can also file out-of-network claims, which some companies do reimburse for.
Another alternative is to bide your time, contract with other insurance companies, and keep an eye on the closed panel(s) in question. We’ve been calling insurance companies regularly to find out the status of panels, and have some good news across several states!