The purpose of the utilization review program is to safeguard against unnecessary and inappropriate medical care rendered to patients. Medical services and/or records are reviewed for medical necessity, relatedness to the disease or injury, appropriateness of place of service and length of stay (inpatient hospital). The goal is to return the patient to prior injury or illness functioning as quickly as possible.
Comprehensive Consulting performs the following:
The payer of medical services wants to be sure it is only paying for appropriate services.
There are three payer standards:
Payers are interested in being stringent enough to protect their stockholders and overall viability, but not so stringent as to upset their clients (including the employers that usually pay the premiums).