Heart of Oncology Nursing

When “No” Is Not an Acceptable Answer for Treatment

Denise Menonna-Quinn

transplantation, insurance, advocacy
CJON 2016, 20(5), 566-567. DOI: 10.1188/16.CJON.566-567

The focus of health care has moved toward prevention, and insurance companies are supporting preventive practices that enable their members to remain healthy. Many insurance companies have recorded healthy tips delivered by phone, employed case managers to assist patients in keeping physician appointments, created dedicated hot lines staffed by nurses, and developed resource centers. However, specific instances arise when insurance companies do not allow patients to have certain procedures because of contract language that was previously negotiated between the employer or individual and the insurance company. This was the case for my patient.

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