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Usefulness of medical review in the insurance claims

  • Lee, Eui-Kwan;Hwang, Jin-Sup;Lee, Sin-Hyung
    • Journal of Korean Life Insurance Medical Association
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    • v.28 no.1_2
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    • pp.31-35
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    • 2009
  • Background : Many of internists have been working for insurance industry. Insurance medicine is use of medical knowledge for insurance industry. There is social role of insurance medicine in terms of soundness of insurance administration. Recently social role of internists also have been being watched. Although theme of insurance medicine is medical risk selection, insurance claims administration also needs medical experts'opinion. There are not any corroborative study of medical consulting for insurance claims. Among insurance industry, someone called this medical review of insurance claims as 'medical claims review'. Aim : To investigate usefulness of medical review of insurance claims. Design : Questionnaire survey with claim staffs in one of insurance claim adjustment company in Korea. Methods : 265 claim staffs were divided into 4 groups and conducted survey using a questionnaire of 20 questions. Utility score, job satisfaction score, and difficult factors of claims administration were measured. Results : Utility score and job satisfaction score are highest in medical claims review group. The most difficult in claim administration to claim staffs was demonstrated to medical knowledge. Conclusion : Medical review of insurance claims is proved to be worthy. Document-based consulting method, namely medical claims review, is more useful than telephone-based simple query among claim staffs...Subjects of the medical claims review are medical record and it's principle is independent medical examination with evidence-based approach, it also has role of protecting fraud of insurance claims. Two main question types of medical claims review are verification and advice.

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Claims Insurance Medicine (클레임보험의학)

  • Lee, Sin-Hyung
    • Journal of Korean Life Insurance Medical Association
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    • v.30 no.2
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    • pp.8-11
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    • 2011
  • Insurance medicine has been known to medical risk selection. The role of insurance medicine is sound maintenance of insurance system. So it's function is medical underwriting of life risks. However, emerging market has insufficient medical epidemiological research that is necessary for estimation of extra-risk and such market is usually lack of full understanding of life insurance among insurance customers. This problem makes difficult of performing the medical underwriting, as an original insurance medicine. Medical contributions at the stage of claims adjudication comparing the coverage provided in the product, with the information provided in the claims, based on medical records and the agreement between them. This is called medical verification. The insurance doctors can also use their medical knowledge to help the claims staff with informing claimants about the medical basis of claims decisions.

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Understanding of National Health Insurance Non-benefit (건강보험 비급여의 이해)

  • Moon, Kitae
    • Journal of Korean Life Insurance Medical Association
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    • v.33 no.2
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    • pp.15-17
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    • 2014
  • All Korean people are eligible for National Health Insurance(NHI). But large non-coverage of NHI is a big problem. The origin of this problem is from medical fee schedules. NHI calculate all hospital income including insurance medical practice, non-insurance medical practice and non-medical income(i.e. a funeral hall, a parking lot, stores in hospital).

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A Study of Knowledge of Medical Insurance Costs by Clinical Nurses (임상간호사의 의료보험수가 지식정도)

  • Lee Hea-Shoon
    • Journal of Korean Academy of Fundamentals of Nursing
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    • v.10 no.3
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    • pp.300-306
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    • 2003
  • Purpose: This study was done to help provide patients with information on medical insurance cost through medical insurance education for nurses, to increase effective management, check on omissions in treatment and appropriateness and accuracy of fees, and to contribute to the economic growth of hospital by providing nurses with necessary knowledge about medical insurance cost. Method: The participants in this study were clinical nurses in general hospitals. The study instrument was a questionnaire developed by the researcher through reference to data for medical insurance education. The data were analyzed with percentages, means, ANOVA, and Duncan method using SPSS PC+10. Result: The results on knowledge of medical insurance according to general characteristics of the nurses showed that there were significant differences according to age: (p=.0036) highest level of education (p=.0007), position (p=.0010) and place where education on medical insurance was received (p=.0093). Conclusion: Continuous in-service education for clinical nurses is reflected in increased knowledge about medical insurance costs but special attention needs to be given to younger nurses and nurses with less education, as well as staff nurses, and those nurses who only received education on medical insurance during their schooling. Accordingly, in-service education is necessary for nurses at the time of orientation so that they have knowledge on standards for recuperation allowance, guidelines to calculate material costs, and guidelines to calculate drug rates. In addition, as medical insurance cost frequently change, all nurses need continuous in-service education.

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The Merge of the National Medical Insurance System and the Financial Analysis of the Medical Insurance Program for the Self-employeds (의료보험 통합과 지역의료보험의 재정분석)

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    • Health Policy and Management
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    • v.8 no.1
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    • pp.135-154
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    • 1998
  • In Korea, the institutional reform for the national medical insurance system is in process. Eventually, three kinds of the national medical insurance system, i.e., medical insurance program for the industrial workers, the govemment employees and the private school teachers, and the self-employeds, would be merged into an unifed system. In this study, I analyzed the annual trends of the finance in the medical insurance system in Korea, in which I found the financial instability especially in the medical insurance program for the self-employeds. The regression analysis was carried out to forecast the accumulated reserve at the end of this year for the medical insurance program for the self-employeds. I also analyzed the economic effect of the merge of the medical insurance program for the self-employeds by using the case of Japan and Korea. I found that the medical insurance for the self-employeds is expected to have financial deficit at the end of the year 1998 after the merge. In onclusion, it seems to be quite difficult to solve the financial instability in the medical insurance program for the self-employeds after it would be merged. That means that there would be a lot of problems on the way to the merge.

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Role of the medical claims review (의적클레임검토의 역할 및 기능)

  • Lee, Sin-Hyung
    • Journal of Korean Life Insurance Medical Association
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    • v.26
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    • pp.31-39
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    • 2007
  • Background and main issue: In the Korean insurance market, an outstanding issue is the decrease of margin of risk ratio. This affects the solvency and profitability of insurance companies. Insurance medicine, which has been developed in Western countries, is so-called medical risk selection or medical underwriting. Medical risk selection is based on clinical follow-up study and mortality analysis methodology. Unfortunately, there have been few clinical follow-up studies, and no intercompany disease analysis system is available in the Korean insurance market. In practice, we use underwriting guidelines, which were developed by some global reinsurance companies. However, these guidelines were developed under clinical follow-up studies performed abroad. So, we cannot rule out underestimation of excess mortality factors such as mortality ratio, excess death rate, and life expectancy. It is necessary to perform medical assessment in claims administration. Comparing the insured's statement by medical records with products' benefit according to this procedure, we can make sound claim decisions and participate in the role of sound underwriting. We can call this scientific procedure as the verification of medical claims review. Another area of medical claims review is medical counsel for claims staff. Result: There is another insurance medicine in addition to medical risk selection. Independent medical assessment by medical records of insured is medical claims review. Medical claims review is composed of verification and counsel.

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Medical Expenses for Trauma According to the Type of Medical Insurance (외상환자의 보험체계에 따른 진료비 분석)

  • Park, Heeseung;Jung, Yooun Joong;Kim, Young-Hwan;Kim, Tae-Hyun;Km, Min Ae;Kyoung, Kyu Hyouck;Kim, Jung Jae;Hong, Suk-Kyung
    • Journal of Trauma and Injury
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    • v.25 no.4
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    • pp.178-187
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    • 2012
  • Purpose: In Korea, the nation's medical expenses were 12 billion won in 2010. The medical costs for individuals can also be overwhelming. If a patient has sustained severe trauma, his/her insurance company responsible may pay only part of the medical bills. In Korean, there are diverse types of medical insurance, such as health insurance, automobile insurance, and industrial accident compensation insurance. And each insurance system has a different type of payment system. Our study will be essential for establishing the optimal medical expense payment system. Methods: From January to December 2011, we retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 161 patients who were admitted to our hospital's emergency room after having undergone severe trauma. Of those 161 patients, 125 were retrospectively reviewed. Written permission was obtained from all of the patients. We analysed the demographic characteristics, clinical outcomes, data of the trauma, type of the patient's insurance, and the entire bill when the patient was discharged. Results: Seventy-one patients had health insurance, 48 automobile insurance, and six industrial accident compensation insurance. High-deductible insurance included health insurance and industrial accident compensation insurance, with the deductibles up to 20.6% and 19.1%, respectively. We attempted to analyze the cause of the high deductible rate. In patients with health insurance, medicines, primarily sedatives, pain killers, antibiotics, and fluids. comprised a large proportion. On the other hand, industrial accident compensation insurance deducted for a high-grade hospital room charge. Conclusion: We found that medical expenses were diverse according to the type of insurance. In particular, health insurance forced patients to pay too much of the medical expenses. Therefore, in Korea we should try to identify the insurance problems and improve the wage system.

A study on the effective administration of medical risk selection system for life insurance (보험진단제도의 효율적 운영에 대한 연구)

  • Ham, Dong-Un;Chun, Jin-Man;Shim, Suk-Kyueng
    • Journal of Korean Life Insurance Medical Association
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    • v.27 no.2
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    • pp.85-95
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    • 2008
  • When an insurance company receives an application for life or health insurance, the company must evaluate the degree of risk the individual for insurance coverage presents before the company agrees to issue the policy. A medical factor is a physical or psychological characteristic that may increases a hazard. A financial factor is financial information that is taken into account by underwriter to determine if a person is applying for more than he/she reasonably needs or can afford. A personal factor is a lifestyle choice. There are several medical risk selection systems in Korean life insurance market. They are attending physician's statement, direct examination by insurance doctors, and paramedic examination. However there is some dissatisfaction of current system. It is possible that cooperation of part-time insurance doctors system may be one of useful system of medical risk selection. Improvement of medical risk selection system will be an important matter of profitability of insurance company and it will contribute to sound life insurance system.

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