Monday, July 2, 2007

A good while...

I touched on this on a previous post, but for my own therapy it needs to be said again.

I'm continually amazed at the number of ways that patients can NOT answer this simple question:

"For how long?"

It's been some time....

A while.

Oh, a good while.

A really good while.

Forever.

Since my dog died.

A good bit.

Since last time.

After I had my tooth pulled.

A real long time.


So let me reiterate, I'm looking for a number followed by a unit of time. "Two months" is fab-ooo.

There are two reasons for this. First, and most importantly, it helps me figure out what is wrong, or at least points me in the right direction.

Second, it turns out that many (most?) insurance companies will refuse to pay me for my services without a date of onset for most conditions. Why is that? Because they can, and they'll look for any inane reason hey can tto avoid paying on claims. So I'll get denied, my billing department will have to call me two weeks later to ask me how long your knee was hurting when I talked to you about it two weeks prior. And do you know how long it will be until my office gets payment?

Yep, you guessed it...

3 comments:

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Oh my. That must be quite annoying.

SOCKS said...

Sorry for the harrassment and denials and delayed payments. Insurance companies have their challenges too - I'll work for one for "a little while" longer.

TBTAM said...

great post, and one of my own pet peeves. I do my best to narrow them down, my usual question being "What doew awhile mean? A day? A week? A month? a year?