Prior Authorization and Denial Management

Vascular

Prior Authorization and Appeals

Most elective procedures require a process which allows providers to determine coverage and secure an approval from a payor for a proposed treatment or service. However, not all procedures are approved, mainly due to missing information. Physicians and patients have the right to appeal a denial, which consists of both internal and external reviews. This section includes templates for use by providers when seeking prior authorization or appealing denials.
 

Abbott recommends seeking prior authorization for all cases except those covered by traditional (fee for service) Medicare. Please note, prior authorization is not required for fee for service Medicare patients.

The resources below provide suggested instructions and a summary of guidelines for facilitating prior authorization or appeal requirements. They are not an endorsed resource of any insurance company, and providers are highly encouraged to review each payer policy and requirements for prior authorization and medical guidelines.

Carotid

Carotid Stenting Prior Authorization Toolkit

  • This guide is for submitting prior authorization requests for your patients to private payers. It includes instructions on how to use this tool kit and the associated forms and provides a checklist of the key steps necessary to request authorization.

  • This is a copy of the FDA approval letter for the RX Acculink Carotid Stent System. It may be required as part of the submission for CAS authorization.

  • This is a sample letter template that provides suggestions for writing a Letter of Medical Necessity or prior authorization request for the Acculink Carotid Artery Stent System with Accunet Embolic Protection for patients with carotid artery disease at standard surgical risk. Physicians should customize the letter based on the patient’s actual medical history, diagnosis, and any specific payer requirements.

  • This is a sample letter template that provides suggestions for writing a Letter of Medical Necessity or prior authorization request for the Acculink Carotid Artery Stent System with Accunet Embolic Protection for patients with carotid artery disease at high surgical risk. Physicians should customize the letter based on the patient’s actual medical history, diagnosis, and  any specific payer requirements.

Peripheral

Lower Extremity Endovascular Revascularization Prior Authorization Toolkit

This Lower Extremity Endovascular Revascularization Prior Authorization Tool Kit is for clinicians seeking prior authorization or submitting claims requiring such pre-procedure approvals. This comprehensive tool kit includes information to assist your office in submitting prior authorization requests to confirm coverage for patients who may benefit from a lower extremity endovascular revascularization procedure. Download the guide and accompanying forms using the links below.

  • This guide is for submitting prior authorization requests for your patients. It includes instructions on how to use this tool kit and the associated forms.

  • This checklist is for submitting prior authorization requests for your patient. It includes a summary of the information used to process prior authorization requests for lower extremity endovascular revascularization procedures.

  • A sample letter template that provides suggestions for a Letter of Medical Necessity or prior authorization request for lower extremity endovascular revascularization procedures. Physicians should customize the letter based on the patient’s actual medical history, diagnosis, and any specific prior authorization requirements.

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