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Kaiser Out of Network
« on: April 30, 2018, 11:47:40 am »

I was recently diagnosed with AN through Kaiser. After various consults within Kaiser and outside of Kaiser, it is recommended that I have surgery to remove it. It was recommended that I have surgery done in the next two months.

I do not want to go through Kaiser. Kaiser was very scary and told me that there is a 50% chance of me losing my hearing if I go through surgery. The Dr. made it sound like decisions such as how much of the tumor to remove would have to be done during the surgery or as the Dr. said: "it's a game-time decision."

I have read a lot and consulted with various providers outside Kaiser and found that I would like Dr. Friedman and Dr, Schwartz at UCSD to be my surgeons. They are highly experienced in AN.

Has anyone been able to get out of Kaiser and have them approve out of network surgery? If so can you share your process?


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Re: Kaiser Out of Network
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 07:00:35 am »
Hi mariab .....

Try calling Kris Siwek, the patient navigator at UCSD Head and Neck Surgery Center.  (858)657-5376  She would be able to either help you or direct you to the right people.  See:

Best wishes on working through the insurance maze.  Drs. Friedman and Schwartz are awesome!

Right MVD for trigeminal neuralgia, 1994, Pittsburgh, PA
Left retrosigmoid 2.6 cm AN removal, February, 2008, Duke U
Tumor regrew to 1.3 cm in February, 2011
Translab AN removal, May, 2011 at HEI, Friedman & Schwartz
Oticon Ponto Pro abutment implant at same time; processor added August, 2011


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Re: Kaiser Out of Network
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2018, 11:52:16 pm »
Hi mariab,

I'm with Kaiser and looking for out of network solution too, just wondering if you have any progress on this?