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Another tricare approved

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Started by 1000words, May 16, 2008 7:40 PM
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    1000words

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  • BMI: 31.5
Posted May 16, 2008 - 7:40 PM

#1
I was approved! My doctor submitted to the insurance on Wednesday, it showed up as pending on Thursday and was approved on Friday!

I called my doctor's office and they don't know when he will be able to get to me... he begins doing the surgery on June 9 and is full on that day... not sure when the next surgical day will be.

So hopefully I will be banded by mid-June.


    AZChick289

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Posted May 16, 2008 - 8:18 PM

#2
I am so happy for you .. I too am Tri Care and having my band done May 19th..
I am so happy for you and keep checking in with your Dr. The time will go by fast now that you know you have been approved .They will give you a window that will tell you when the surgery should be done .. Mine had a three month span I think.
Congrats .

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    IntoLess

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Posted May 16, 2008 - 8:33 PM

#3
This is great news! I am happy you got approved, I only hope mine goes as well!


    eazes

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Posted May 16, 2008 - 8:42 PM

#4
Congrats...my PCM just put in my referral on Wednesday to see the surgeon. I hope everything goes as quickly as it did for you.


    IntoLess

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Posted May 16, 2008 - 9:51 PM

#5
Check on your referral Monday morning, referrals usually only take a day or two to get approved. The lady who does our referrals put mine in on Thursday and I got a call from the surgeon's office on Friday to set up my initial appointment. The long part, at least for me, was between my initial appointment and the one on Monday for a re-weigh (I was 8 pounds under 100 over weight), a nut consult, psych eval, and exercise consult. I will find out Monday exactly how long it will take Joy to put in my surgical approval.


    Keleka

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Posted May 16, 2008 - 10:36 PM

#6
Congrats on the approval! It's still reassuring to see TriCare approvals!!!! I'm just still waiting to get the referral to see a surgeon! I can't wait~


    dlrwi

    Newbie

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Posted May 18, 2008 - 8:49 PM

#7
I'm happy for you! I have a question about Tricare approval? My surgeon said I have to have six months of supervised diet before they submit me to Tricare, I have my 3 month visit tomorrow so I'm half way there. Does Tricare require the six month supervised diet? Also, did you pay out of pocket for your psych eval or did tricare pay - those are the only two hold ups I have right now before having the surgeon submit my paperwork.


    IntoLess

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Posted May 18, 2008 - 9:05 PM

#8
Tricare doesn't require the 6 month diet. They should cover psych eval, if you go through your PCM. My surgeon has psych, nutrition, and exercise consultants in his office, and makes everything so much easier. Maybe your surgeon is requiring the six month diet to see how you follow instructions, you may want to clarify with him and Tricare.


    Ineedalapband

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Posted May 18, 2008 - 9:38 PM

#9
So you have to have TWO comorbidities? Also, what standard do they use for the 100 lbs overweight? Is it the PCM that needs these things to refer me to Tricare? I'm sorry, I just found out tricare would cover it and now I am starting my research. I've never been to my PCM here so I'm hoping he's accomodating. Thanks.


    Keleka

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Posted May 18, 2008 - 9:48 PM

#10
I thought Tricare just required one comorbidity with being 100 pounds over weight or no comorbities if you were 200% over body weight. I just called my PCP last Tuesday and I thought they were just going to go ahead and fax TriCare for a referral for a surgeon for me. I think I would qualify under either requirement. I keep looking at the referral authorizations section on TriCare website but nothing yet:confused: I guess since I made the decision to do this I'm just a little inpatient for something I know is going to take a while. I have TriCare Prime Remote so I'm not even sure what surgeon they will send me to! Good luck with everything!


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