BAHA, CROS and TransEar are not running Clinical Trials or Pilot Studies.
The people on the Clinical Trials now going on across the country at NIH sites are getting their devices for free. How do you feel about going to a Pilot Study site and having to pay $1500 up front and another $7000 while the people on the Clinical Trials are getting theirs for free. For me, it's a no brainer, but then I'm not living on unlimited funds. I have to watch my money as I'm now retired on Disability since the surgery.
Here is what my Pilot Study doctor said:
to Christine, Shelly, me, Rachel
Dear Ms. Wang,
As of now there is no preauthorization. We are following the guidelines from the company. Irrespective of insurance coverage the patients are responsible for $1500 first. If you are concerned, understandably so, about the coverage, you can wait till the insurance company creates an authorization for this device. That is why we have a pilot study so Sonitus can submit all the authorization requests to the insurance at the same time and make a case for approval. If you would like to wait till insurance company approves the device we should hold off submitting your case to them. Please also wait to see Dr. Singer for now since he is paid from the $1500 you pay, through Sonitus.
I think this device would be very helpful for you but it would be safest financially to wait the few months and receive authorization from the insurance company. You would still be responsible for the $1500 from my understanding.
It was great meeting you in person and thank you again for the thoughtful gift,
As it turns out my policy won't pay a penny of the $1500 or $7000 either. They would not pay the BAHA. When Dr. Niparko's resident told him I wasn't interested in the BAHA, he walked out of the room without saying goodbye.