After I brought Mark home from Western Rehab, the insurance company agreed to pay “day-patient” therapy for three months, which meant I took him Monday through Friday for all day therapy. After three months, they denied the request for continued therapy, stating, “If he is well enough to be home he didn’t need that intense level of therapy.”
I appealed, by calculating and stating the large amount of money saved in nursing care by having him home. I also requested that they send a representative to come to Western Rehab and observe him in therapy. I was sure if they witnessed his level of care and need for therapy they would approve it.
Blue Cross Insurance did send a representative, and after the observation they did extend his therapy for another three months at “day-patient” level.
In June 1992, I had to make another appeal for therapy to continue. “Half-day” therapy was granted, allowing Mark to have speech, physical and occupational therapy once daily.
In August 1992, a third appeal for continued therapy was made. “Out-patient” therapy was granted through the end of the year, allowing therapy three days per week.
It was a fight to keep the therapy going after Mark returned home — but the fight was well worth it. I did make a forth appeal for therapy because we still hoped for more improvement. The forth appeal was denied.
I was grateful for the year of intense therapy. He learned to drink and feed himself; speak more clearly and work his facial muscles into a smile. His cognitive skills improved. He gained enough strength to propel his wheelchair. All big steps in the right direction.
Even though Mark’s rehabilitation was not at the level we had hoped for when it ended, we appreciated the insurance company for extending the therapy benefit three times.
We are so grateful for the knowledge of doctors and therapist’s who helped Mark achieve a better quality of life.
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