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Ink stamp of the word "rejected" The letter illustrated the human impact of these denials, including a 67-year-old patient denied admittance to an inpatient rehabilitation facility following a stroke.

The American Hospital Association on Thursday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to establish a ”Medicare Advantage Fraud Task Force” to conduct False Claims Act investigations into commercial health insurance companies that are found to routinely deny patients access to services and deny payments to health care providers.

The association, in a letter to the department, cited a recent report showing that 13% of prior authorizations and 18% of payment denials actually met Medicare Advantage coverage rules and should have been granted.

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