Carol Lapetina serves as Manager of Claims Audit Services for Conner Strong & Buckelew. The position requires direct contact with the Account Team, clients, and Claims Administrator staff – often under stressful circumstances. The Audit Manager position is particularly challenging, as it demands that the auditor quickly master the operations and processing systems at a Claims Administrator (claims processing; eligibility; provider maintenance; pricing database), in order to evaluate in depth the claims adjudication for a specific client, and to challenge the Claims Administrator where an adjudication outcome seems to be at variance with Plan design or industry standards – or fails to meet the test of “reasonableness.”
Lapetina also manages the Dependent Eligibility Audit team, which facilitates dependent eligibility/verification and working spouse audits and responds to member inquiries regarding the audits.
Prior to managing and conducting claim audits, Carol managed the Member Advocacy Team at Conner Strong & Buckelew for more than ten years. The Advocacy team acts as a liaison between the Claims Administrators and clients to resolve employee/member claim issues and billing inquiries, provide assistance with medical and prescription pre-certifications, and conduct benefit provision research when required. This function involves handling on a daily basis the most-complex medical claim scenarios for which plan members have sought assistance from an independent party, typically when the Claims Administrator has been unable to provide a solution.
Carol’s frontline experience with member claim issues, coupled with her hands-on approach and problem-solving skills developed over 35 years in the insurance industry, has made her a very effective medical claims Audit Manager and auditor – able to mediate the often-conflicting viewpoints of the Claims Administrator, the claimant, and the Plan Sponsor, always cognizant of what the medical plan intends and what it can actually provide.
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