Risk Management



Informed Choice to Not Undergo Recommended Treatment or Procedure “Not Medically Necessary” (Sample Letter)

LETTER TO PATIENT REGARDING INFORMED CHOICE

Patient Name

Patient Address

Dear (Patient Name):

On (Date), I prescribed (Test/Procedure). On (Date), (Name of PPO, IPA, HMO) did not consider the test/procedure medically necessary and denied payment authorization for same. On that basis, you have informed me of your decision to forego the (Treatment/Procedure) I have prescribed. I expressed my concerns regarding your decision during our discussion on (Date) about the potential ramifications of your informed choice not to undergo the (Test/Procedure).

According to my best medical judgment, I recommend that you undergo the procedure regardless of the denial of benefits by (Name of PPO, IPA, HMO ). You have the right to appeal the decision of (Name of PPO, IPA, HMO) should you choose to do so.

Should you wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely yours,

(Your Name)

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