Case Study: Denials Recovery Uncovers $40M in One Year

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A large, multi-department hospital with more than $1 billion in net patient revenue and over 34,000 discharges annually was having difficulty managing denials and appeals volume. The hospital’s in-house denials management team believed certain DRGs were not worth appealing and downgraded them at the time of denial.


Seeking a better way to utilize internal resources and recognizing they could not keep up with the volume of denials, the hospital agreed to pilot R1 Denials Recovery. R1 evaluated 25 cases, which would have been closed by the hospital without appeal, and recovered $293,000.

Given the success of the pilot program, R1 became the hospital’s sole denials management vendor. Collaboration on process-improvement initiatives with payers and denial identification has eased the burden on staff. Creation of constant feedback loops from R1 to the client team has resulted in improved appeal turnaround timeframes and payer accountability, as well as highlighted areas for denials prevention and clinical feedback.


In the first year, R1 was referred 9,234 cases and recovered $40 million in revenue. By partnering with R1, the hospital has maximized recoveries and now appeals 100% of denials.

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