A medical necessity form also referred to as a doctor’s statement. It is a letter written by a doctor, verifying to the pharmacist that the medication you are purchasing is for a diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease. This letter is required for a certain expense.
This form can be a term to describe something that is absolutely needed to help someone get better from their disease. In terms of health care in general, medically necessary is an important term when determining what is covered, or not covered.
This form is so important that your healthcare coverage relies on. You may have some questions about it now, starting form “what is medically necessary and what isn’t,” “What happens when I need something that doesn’t fit this term?” We’ve covered all of these concerns in this article.
Writing Medical Necessity Form
The effectiveness of a medical necessity letter can be greatly covered if a clinician understands the involving legal issues, pertinent components of a medical necessity letter, and writes the letter in a manner that lays the groundwork if needed.
Before writing the letter, confirm the following:
- The child is covered by the insurance.
- The diagnosis is a covered diagnosis (e.g., developmental delay may not be covered).
- The item requested is not an exclusion of the policy (e.g., physical therapy).
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Components of Medical Necessity Letter
- Identifying information
This section includes child’s name, date of birth, insured’s name, policy number, group number, medica id number, physician name, and date letter was written.
- A statement of who is writing the letter
This section contains a stating sentence referring who you are. For instance, the child’s primary care physician.
- The diagnosis of the patient
This section must be written carefully. It contains information about what diagnoses to include as some diagnoses may be an exclusion.
- Pertinent medical, developmental, or evaluative information
For the patient’s whom you are requesting a nebulizer, you would summarize what treatments have already been in place and how many ER visits and hospital admissions the patient has had in the past year.
- Document why the requested treatment is medically necessary
This is essential to the process, but unfortunately, the definition of medically necessary varies. The definition of being medically necessary is reasonably calculated to prevent, diagnose, or cure conditions in the patient that endangers life, causes suffering or pain, physical deformity.
- A summary statement
In this statement, try to emphasize the logical conclusion. For example, a nebulizer is medically necessary for this child with a diagnosis of asthma.
- Signature, professional qualifications, and contact information in case the reviewer has questions.
It is important to keep a copy of the letter in the patient’s file. The patient’s family may need it if they need to file an appeal.
Another function of this necessity form is for an equipment request. For this reason, a medical necessity form needs to indicate which therapist evaluated the patient for the requested equipment and refer to the therapist’s report or letter.
State if the disability is permanent or temporary and how you expect the patient’s condition to evolve over time. Give a rationale for replacing existing equipment. Emphasize how the requested item will prevent secondary disability or increases the individual’s functional abilities
Focus on how the service/evaluation/equipment will prevent the onset of an illness, untoward condition, injury and or secondary disability. Reduce, correct, or ameliorate the physical, mental, or developmental effects of an illness, condition, injury, or disability.
Make sure that the patient has someone to assist the individual to achieve or maintain sufficient functional capacity to perform age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate daily activities through this medical necessity form.