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Why choose Kent for Reimbursement Related Legal Services

Unlike most companies that support the legal needs of healthcare providers relative to the reimbursement cycle through outsourcing to attorneys, PV Kent & Associates is a law firm with attorneys that focus their practice exclusively on all aspects of healthcare reimbursement and eligibility. Our ability to deliver both legal and administrative support, without the need to coordinate multiple vendors, makes us unique in the industry and enables us to achieve consistently remarkable results.

Because Kent’s law practice focuses exclusively on healthcare-related issues, our attorneys are authorities on the legal implications of collecting from state, federal, commercial, and other insurers and agencies. Clients turn to Kent when they need proficiency in the areas of:

Advocacy
At all times, advocacy is the initial approach that Kent attorneys take. For example, they bring their qualifications to bear on third-party liability cases and instances when payers attempt to recover money after payment has already been made.

Negotiation
If advocacy is not effective, the next line of defense is negotiation. Kent attorneys regularly prosecute claims with payers to ensure the best settlements possible. Our attorneys also review and negotiate contracts to ensure the terms and rates are fair and properly established. They are uniquely positioned to carry out these complex activities because they understand the world of healthcare provider reimbursement, eligibility and claims processing.

Litigation
In appropriate cases, when all other reasonable avenues are exhausted, Kent is prepared to initiate litigation on our client's behalf. When our attorneys pursue litigation, they coordinate with all parties to minimize ill will on anyone’s part. This strategy saves clients money and protects their investment in important relationships with private insurers, commercial carriers, government agencies, and liability coverage carriers.

First and foremost, our staff is aware of the unique role that healthcare providers play in their communities. We partner with our clients through every interaction to protect and enhance their standing in their community.



 
Reimbursement Related Legal Services
Integrating legal services into the reimbursement process


No matter how important payment is, it’s a serious step to initiate legal proceedings in order to collect payment. In many cases, though, it’s a critical and valuable component of encouraging payers to fulfill their obligations. Kent gives our clients this option, without the need to outsource to another agency. Indeed, our clients find that just the knowledge that they have this option at their immediate disposal is enough to overcome barriers to payment by many payers and government agencies.

PV Kent & Associates attorneys are available full-time to support healthcare providers’ legal needs. Our attorneys provide a range of services. For example, they:


• Cease improper attempts by payers to recover alleged overpayments
• Secure claims against solvent estates for recovery of unpaid medical bills
• Demand and obtain payment from individual ERISA plans, private and

   commercial carriers, and government payers
• Assist and defend providers during audits conducted by state and federal

   agencies
• Review and assist providers with insurance contract negotiations and other

   legal matters pertaining to contractual agreements
• Pursue self-pay claims
• Submit appeals to courts and various administrative agencies

Unlike most companies, Kent has in-house attorneys who can litigate when deemed necessary. This ensures seamless coordination that is not possible when working with multiple firms.

Denials Management
In the event that administrative appeals for proper payment are exhausted, Kent attorneys can prosecute appeals before a variety of entities, including the Office of Medicaid’s Board of Hearings and the District and Superior Courts of both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They have been successful in contesting non-payment due to:


• Pre-payment denials and post-payment recoupment efforts
• Third-party liability and COB issues
• Attempts by payers to recover based on insurance identified after payment

   has already been made
• Improperly denied claims by Medicaid and other state agencies
• Administrative denials — by responding to MassPRO in accordance with

   strict program guidelines
• Third-party administrator and re-insurer denials

Estate Claims
There are occasions when healthcare providers seek remedy for unpaid medical bills from the solvent estate of a patient who has died. Kent’s attorneys coordinate closely with clients throughout the entire process of pursuing payment. They file necessary documents with the courts and initiate litigation against the administrator or executor of the estate within the tight deadlines established by state regulation. They have extensive experience searching probate court dockets, communicating with estate attorneys, negotiating settlements, and filing the requisite legal paperwork. Kent’s lawyers are firm and yet ever mindful of the need to protect and enhance our clients’ standing in the communities they serve.

ERISA Claims
ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) specifies the federal standards for healthcare benefits payable under self-funded group health insurance plans. ERISA can be a minefield, but our experience in this area allows us to recover a significant number of improperly denied claims.

Kent attorneys operate skillfully within the complexity of ERISA regulations. For example, they work closely with third-party administrators, trustees, and re-insurers of an ERISA plan to resolve issues without the need to resort to unnecessary litigation. They can identify whether or not ERISA preempts state insurance laws — early enough in the process to avoid delays and unnecessary courses of action. They manage denials thoroughly to ensure that their clients can effectively contest a claim, through all phases of the process, including litigation, if necessary.

As usual, Kent attorneys advocate, negotiate, and then litigate, when necessary and appropriate. They carry out all the activities required to maximize revenue for the healthcare provider. This includes making payment demands, notifying the Department of Labor of ERISA plan violations, seeking noncompliance penalties, and recovering litigation costs.

Audits
Healthcare providers regularly undergo audits by insurers and government agencies, during which they must disclose their reimbursement related accounting records. As a law firm, Kent can assist in the audit itself. In cases where auditors cite questionable violations and overpayments, Kent can challenge their findings. In many audit cases we have significantly reduced — or even eliminated — repayments, fines, and sanctions purportedly due to based on the auditing entity's review. Healthcare providers need to be aggressive in defending such auditing and related take back efforts because the complexity and constant change in the healthcare reimbursement area often results in erroneous audit results.

Attorney Representation / Self-pay Accounts
Kent attorneys address the full spectrum of legal matters that pertain to healthcare providers. Because Kent is focused on the business of supporting healthcare providers, we can deliver a more competent level of support for these matters than most other law firms and similar vendors.

 

 


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