Rehab for Third Party Addiction

You may not believe this yet, but you do have options to regain control and enjoyment of your practice while remaining financially solvent

By Jane Lindell Hughes, ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon at Jane Lindell Hughes M.D., F.A.C.S, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

May 2017

On November 1, 2015, I divested myself from all commercial insurance and became an “out-of-network” physician. The reasons were many, but the final deciding factor was the threat of financial harm to my patients with a “punitive brand name drug charge” versus the “appropriate brand name drug charge” unless I sent a form attesting that I had tried two generics that then failed in my covered glaucoma patients. This insurance company was using payment for services as a means of controlling my professional behavior without any of the risk or responsibility for the patient’s outcome!

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