HELP! BCBS 6 Month Nutrition Requirement


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I have BCBS FEP and it's only 3 months. Last month I scheduled my final post op (next week) plus my tentative surgery date of July 31 at the same time. They said he surgeon is very busy so it was better to schedule the surgery and have to change it than get approved next week or the week after and have to wait a couple more months.




I also have BCBS FED. Going to my visit on Monday. I only had to do 3 Mos too. How long did it take for you to be approved for surgery when you finished your requirements?

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My final appt is Thursday. I've seen people with FEP get approved in about a week. Probably depends on your surgeon's office. UCLA is typically on top of getting approvals quickly. My surgery isn't scheduled until a July 31 so I have a cushion.

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i believe they passed a requirement either this year or last that states 6 months of nutrition counseling minimum. i have aetna & had to do 6 months. it goes by quicker than you think!! good luck!


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With mine I had to do 7 months! Just finished June 1 and surgery scheduled July 18. Just go through it. I don't know about yours but with mine if I missed a month i would have had to start all over!


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Can you be denied if you didn't lose all the weight the supervised program required of you to lose?




I did not have a loss requirement. I think I only lost 10 lbs in 6 months. Was approved without a problem.

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How long ago did you have the surgery?



January of this year. So less than 6 months ago.

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BCBS changed the language in their contract and it is no longer required to do 6 months of a weight loss program prior to surgery. I spoke to a rep for BCBC of WV and she informed me of this! Call your insurance and ask about the change made in December of 2016.


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