All Medicare patients can appeal an inpatient hospital discharge decision. This includes members in our Medicare Advantage plans. This process is called a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) review. The QIO in the state in which services are provided reviews the hospital discharge decision. The result is binding (final).
If a Medicare member asks for this review before leaving the hospital:
If a Medicare member asks for the review after midnight on the day of discharge or after leaving the hospital, we will use the Medicare expedited grievance and appeal process.
For more information regarding the appeal process, please call 1-866-269-3692.