THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE. I DO NOT WANT TO BE PARANOID BUT LAST WEEK SOMEONE STATED THAT I WAS NO LONGER DOING THE PROCEDURE.cowboystew wrote:Dr. S,
Maybe you can shed some light on American Access Care and their decision to no longer offer treatment of CCSVI. I was scheduled for scans and treatment next week. I received a phone call this morning from AAC (a man named Frank Higgins) informing me that my insuraqnce is refusing to pay. On further investigation, a rep from my husband's job who deals with our insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) found that American Access Care is no longer treating CCSVI on patients with MS. Is this accurate? I'm so dissapointed that I cannot be treated. ~Nancy
if i dont do this procedure, i retire. and i am not ready for retirement. ask my patients.
What is happening is that blue cross blue shield has stated on april 11 that they consider ccsvi treatment an experimental procedure in patients with MS and will not longer pay for the procedure. So those patients with this insurance will be required to pay for the procedure. this is akin to the canadian government stating that it will not pay for ccsvi treatment, requiring canadians to pay out of pocket for procedures.
This is very frustrating. They quoted arguments that other papers (doepp, etc) have refuted zamboni's paper and that further research is needed to understand the truth of zamboni's work.
but it is not true that american access is no longer treating ccsvi. I am now booking 50% more cases than six months ago
unfortunately patients with bc/bs who want this procedure prior to the agreement of many research studies will have to pay for the procedure. sort of like PI has been doing for some time.