EnableComp, the nation’s leading workers’ compensation (WC) reimbursement expert who has processed over $1B+ in WC claims for over 500 health systems and hospitals nationwide, recently partnered with InfoWorks to research additional analytics-based methods to further enhance its appeal success rates on zero balance claims. A zero balance claim is a claim the member pays for in its entirety, typically because the cash price is lower than copay.
The complexity of WC and its variations in reimbursement due to state-specific fee schedules makes efficient, expedient claims processing and timely reimbursement a challenge. With its proprietary technology platform, Enforcer, EnableComp is a valuable resource to healthcare providers who do not have the expertise on hand to navigate through the reimbursement process.
EnableComp wanted to refine its ability to recover underpaid zero balance claims in order to provide additional reimbursement faster for its clients. Through rigorous, exploratory analysis, we developed a statistical model to predict which appeals would result in a successful outcome. The overall goal was to understand the priority order for all underpaid claims, leading to the maximum amount of returns in the shortest time possible for clients.
InfoWorks began by performing a survey of what attributes are known before the appeals process begins. This includes information about the patient, the procedures performed, the payer, supporting documentation, and the claim’s payment history. We then pulled together multiple years of data outlining past appeals and performed a detailed statistical analysis on each parameter to determine how much of a role it plays in predicting the outcome of an appeal.
Through this comprehensive analysis, we crafted a final model that emphasized simplicity by maintaining a balance between the multiple parameters which impact an appeal outcome. That simplicity showed up as a score that reveals the likelihood each appealed claim would be successful. Success was defined by both the probability that a reimbursement will be made by the payer and the amount of the reimbursement. Not only does the score account for multiple important factors, it simplifies it so that everyone in the organization can understand its impact and have the clarity needed for better decision making. The model was able to score the claims used in the test population with a high degree of accuracy.
What’s the value to EnableComp going forward?
The model delivered by InfoWorks allows EnableComp to prioritize working appeals that are predicted to provide the most successful outcome. In addition, the model
- Can be perfected over time as EnableComp expands its client base and data set.
- Accelerates cash flow to its cash-sensitive clients and supports the effort to deliver maximum recovered underpayments as fast as possible,
- Provides additional reimbursement uplift to EnableComp clients, and
- Offers employees an additional tool which allows them to focus on the most valuable claims with the highest return first – leading to improved outcomes.