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I'm sure I'm not the first one to post about this.

But I am really discouraged by the 6 month supervised diet requirements..or maybe I'm impatient, and just frustrated by another 6 months of the struggle and after making this decision I just want to move forward asap!

Does ANYONE know of a surgeon that will "work around those requirements" is there any way to omit that??

Any advice? BESIDES the whole lecture about how it's all worth it and the 6 months will be good for me.

I'm sure I might feel that way too if I'd already gone thru it, but I'm trying not to.

PM me with any help you can provide.

I'm in MI

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I have BCBS and I have to do the 6 months and I must say i it was frustrating and it goes and goes by quickly. If you have done the 6 months previously I’m surprised that insurance won’t accept or probably they would want you to do it for their records and it’s also an insurance requirement and to be honest I don’t think it’s a surgeon who would bypass the 6 months due to it being an insurance requirement. I was even told that because I just wanted to do three.

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So I will say depending on your surgeon. They may personally have requirements for you besides just the 6 months of weigh ins. Like pulmonary and cardiologist and an endocrinologist. Oh and some even request an up to date pap smear. So those 6 months do go by when you are completing your surgeons requirements. Also no insurance will pay for your surgery without a psychiatric evaluation

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You really some time to get through all your requirements and get your head in the right space. I have BCBS, mine was 3 months, but it was a busy 3 months

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I have Anthem BCBS and also had the 6 month requirement. There isn't a way to " Work around " it as if you want your insurance company to pay for it you have to jump through their hoops. The time goes fast, but it is a bit frustrating! My surgery is March 27th and I started this process last May! I'm thrilled I have insurance coverage!

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I have Anthem BCBS and also had the 6 month requirement. There isn't a way to " Work around " it as if you want your insurance company to pay for it you have to jump through their hoops. The time goes fast, but it is a bit frustrating! My surgery is March 27th and I started this process last May! I'm thrilled I have insurance coverage!

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I have Anthem BCBS now, but when I started I had insurance that had only a medical necessity requirement. But, my surgeon required 6 months supervised diets, which at first irked me, felt like jumping through hoops. But I took that six months to really evaluate myself and what I was about to commit to. I used that time to work on myself and try to get as healthy as possible going into surgery. I'm having surgery next week and in hindsight I'm very glad my surgeon made me do the 6 months because I made most of the changes that I will need to make already. I feel prepared and ready for this new way of eating and lifestyle.

It is annoying at first, but you might come to appreciate the process of preparation once you're closer to surgery.

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I have BCBS ANTHEM, My insurance company advised that i need 6 consecutive appointments with a dietitian and a psych eval and a form from my PCP .

When i went to my first appointment the insurance coordinator advised me that i only need to do 3 months because my dr is in the network and he is apart of the center of excellence . I was shocked .

Even tho i had 3 months , I still would have been satisfied with 6 you shouldn't rush it because you will not be prepared. Its a lot of information.

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I'm sure I'm not the first one to post about this.
But I am really discouraged by the 6 month supervised diet requirements..or maybe I'm impatient, and just frustrated by another 6 months of the struggle and after making this decision I just want to move forward asap!
Does ANYONE know of a surgeon that will "work around those requirements" is there any way to omit that??
Any advice? BESIDES the whole lecture about how it's all worth it and the 6 months will be good for me.
I'm sure I might feel that way too if I'd already gone thru it, but I'm trying not to.
PM me with any help you can provide.
I'm in MI
Thanks [emoji4]
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It discouraged me as well. Especially since I got my first referral in August 2018 and I'll be lucky to get my surgery by August of 2019. Next week I'll be at my 3rd monthly session. My final one is July 22nd. It does seem to be going fast. Have you started the 6 months yet?

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Unfortunately it’s just their requirements. I have BCBS but federal plan and mine was 3 months. Just one doctor appointment a month, either my surgeon or GP. Most do seem to be 6 months.

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