April 9, 2013

CT develops claims tool kit for mental health treatment

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday announced a new joint effort between the Connecticut Insurance Department and the UConn Health Center that aims to help families get mental health treatment paid through their insurance.

The Insurance Department and UConn Health Center are developing a "claims tool kit" for policyholders and providers that will try to reduce the number of insurance denials by creating a plain-language claims template specific to behavioral health treatment that policyholders and practitioners can submit to insurance companies for reimbursement.

It is intended to help patients and providers quickly and accurately prepare claims submissions to reflect medical necessity and increase the number of claims approved on initial submissions, Malloy said.

The claims tool kit is scheduled to be completed by the summer and is the first in a series of behavioral health projects the Insurance Department and Health Center are undertaking to assist consumers and providers.

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