As with all things in life, there are pros and cons to everything. With the change in insurance handling Kevin’s cancer there are definitely pros and cons.
A short list of pros and cons we are seeing with the new insurance.
The pros: Expert Doctors!
The cons: Authorization Process for each step.
Within Kaiser, the doctors pretty much have authorization to order whatever tests and procedures they deem necessary. This is no approval process unless you are trying to seek care outside of the system. So treatment is super easy, you see a doctor they order the test they want and then you can just have the tests done.
We are learning that even though our claims processor has been fantastic, that things just move a tad bit slower with this system. So last week we saw Dr. Quinn. By Thursday we had authorization for consultation with the Hematologist (who oversees the stem cell transplant part) we had that appointment today. We had briefly met with her last week, but insurance requires the consultation prior to moving to the next steps. So as soon as the doctor gets her notes from our visit today transcribed, and forwarded to insurance, they will authorize the pre-testing that needs to be done. That should happen later this week or early next week. Then after the test results come in, they will be reviewed and then the authorization for the next part will be in the works.
Some exciting news is…..I have learned my way to USC and don’t even need to use my GPS anymore! I still hate the drive.
Kevin and I are both eager to get the next part of treatment started so we can get back to our regularly scheduled program.
In short….no chemo this week. Maybe next week? Or at the latest one more week. They are moving the cogs along as quickly as they can.
In the meantime, we have been making the most of each day and enjoying our family time as much as possible!
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.