Insurance Approval, But Decided On A Different Surgeon. Too Late?

I went to a consult today and they are going to file the paperwork with the insurance co. for BR. The only problem is that I went to a different consult with a different PS about a week ago and I like him much better and would like to move forward with him instead. Do I call the other PS office and tell them to not file the paperwork with the insurance company or does it not matter? The PS I am going to use asked me to bring more info to suimbit so he prob has a better chance for approval right?

Doctor Answers 6

Insurance Approval and Switching Doctors

The more surgeons that document criteria needed for insurance approval the better in general. You will have to check with your insurance company re: preferred net work doctors unless you have a POS plan. If so once approved you should be able to pick which doctor you prefer.

Insurance Approval, But Decided On A Different Surgeon

Each insurance company is different. However, once authorization is given, the process is generally fairly straight forward to change authorization.  The only issue you may have is if the original surgeon is in network and the other one is not. Go with the surgeon that you have a better connection and who you feel will better take care of your needs.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Breast Reduction through Insurance

Thank you for your question.

Each insurance company is different but normally the surgeon whom you would like to have your surgery with can submit paperwork with your insurance company and ask for the authorization to be switched over to their office.  Usually this is not a complicated process (but again, each insurance company is different).

Good Luck!

Breast reduction approval

Go with the surgeon you feel more comfortable with.  Let that doctor submit for you.  Even if the other doctor did so, you should let your insurance company know, and you should politely thank the other doctor's office for their time,etc...

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Surgical approval

If both surgeons apply for approval, then the insurance company will contact you and ask who you intend to use. If the first surgeon has not submitted a preauthorization, you should request that he not do so. Authorizations are not transferrable from one doctor to another so the second doctor will have to pre certify you independently. The more information, the better so your assessment that you have a better likelihood of approval with the second doctoris correct--assuming that you meet the pre certification criteria.

Choosing your doctor

You should feel comfortable with your surgeon. Just keep going to who you like and they will take care of the paperwork. You aren't married to a surgeon just because you saw him or her first.

Victor Au, MD (retired)
Chapel Hill Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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