Thursday, June 26, 2014
Steroid shots: insurance coverage denied.
I have already called the insurance company, been shunted off to their contractor, and been told that as my examination did not show neurological deterioration, treatment for pain is denied. They have sent a letter with instructions for what my doctor should do next. I asked them to fax me a copy so that maybe the doctor can send in the needed information or line up a "peer-to-peer" phone call with the insurance company. Upon reading the letter faxed to me, the reason for denial is that, "Review of your medical record indicates that your symptoms are not consistent with radiculopathy (nerve related pain that seems to radiate from the spine)." Um, that's exactly what I'm experiencing? I'm hoping that the doctor is able to update them on this fact quickly.
But in the meantime, the chances of me getting treatment next week are rapidly diminishing. And I am working really hard on the "not curling up in a ball and crying or having a temper tantrum" part of my day.