It was back in July of 2014 that I became contracted with American Specialty Health (ASHN), a health insurance & management company for others networks such as Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, and Health Net. It was supposed to be a win win situation. I get access to their patient network and patients get access to me. However, one long year later, for the sake of my sanity and my desire to provide the best quality of time and care to my patients, I have decided to cut ties with all insurance.
I try to do the best by my patients when they are under my care. To work within ASHN's restrictions and edicts has not only tried to shape and limit the type of treatments that I give, but also limit the number of treatments my patients receive despite chronicity of condition, and despite the number of treatments allowed by their plan. Besides being an insult to my way of practicing medicine, they have also mishandled my contract, made errors in billing, gave me contradictory information, all the while continually (and I do mean continually) asking that more information be sent to them that had either already been sent or should have already been in their systems. Shockingly disorganized or intentionally malicious, it became increasingly frustrating and disheartening to work with them. So, one year later, as of July 3, 2015, I will no longer be contracted with ASHN or any other insurance associated with them.
For those of you who would like to continue under my care, I will be in-network until July 3, 2015, and it would be an honor to continue what we have begun. After that date, my fees will revert to my usual cash practice fees. However, I am willing to discuss those with financial hardships on a case by case basis. I will also continue to process claims online as an out-of-network practitioner dependent on your carrier and their policies.
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