If payment for a medical bill is denied, you will be notified by Yellowhawk. The most common reasons for denial are:
If you want to appeal a payment denial you must provide a written response to the Yellowhawk Resource Management Committee (RMC) within 30 days of the date of the denial letter. Your appeal should identify the reasons you believe the healthcare visit should be paid for and any circumstances you believe should be considered as relevant. Yellowhawk Purchased Referred Care (PRC) staff are available to assist patients in writing letters of appeal. All relevant supporting documentation should also be included in the letter. Yellowhawk’s RMC will review this information at the next scheduled meeting. If additional information is needed, the patient will be contacted. This committee typically meets once a month.
When the RMC upholds the original denial, the patient has 30 days to appeal the decision by providing a written request to Yellowhawk’s executive assistant for logging and tracking. The executive assistant will immediately forward this on to the chief executive officer (CEO). This statement should include the reasons why the patient believes the referral should be issued or payment should be made and any relevant supporting information or documentation.
The Yellowhawk CEO will review all of the supporting documentation and issue a decision on whether to uphold the denial or issue a referral or payment. The CEO will respond to the patient’s appeal in writing, listing the reason for their decision within 10 business days. The PRC RMC representative will be provided a copy of the decision.
If the CEO’s decision is to support the original denial, the patient may make an additional appeal to the Portland Area Indian Health Service (IHS) within 30 days of the denial letter. Again, the appeal must be in writing and must contain all supporting documentation pertaining to the case. The decision of the Portland Area IHS is final and cannot be appealed.