FFCs: More coming

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by findmind, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. findmind

    findmind New Member

    I talked to someone in Marketing at the FFC this past week. I wanted to know if they are opening any more clinics.

    Was told 30 (!) more to open soon!
    So there should be one near just about everyone soon!

    I asked why ins. not accepted (except Quest Lab charges are usually paid, but patients have to file all ins., after FFC gives diagnostic codes and fills out claim forms). They told me they don't want ins. co.s dictating treatments AND if had to commit money to insurance depts in each office, they'd have to see 40 patients a day instead of 8! (Good point, I thought.)

    So, if you're interested in keeping up with where clinics are, google it, I'm sure they have clinic listings there.

    Hope those going to FFCs will keep giving us info and they recover well.

    findmind
  2. kalina

    kalina New Member

    That's good news for those who don't have one nearby. Wow, 30 new clinics is a lot!

    I'm lucky to have one already in my city. Some people I meet in the IV room come from several states away, which I know is exhausting. Most of the people I meet there tell me they are feeling better, but it does take time.

    The FFC was my last hope, and I've been going there for about 10 months now. Although there has been no significant overall change for me yet, my test numbers are improving and I am sleeping much better than I have in the last 8 years. These are better results than I have had with any other doctor, even a well-known CFIDS specialist.

    Yes they are expensive, and having to file insurance yourself is a bit of an inconvence, but I would recommend the FFC to anyone thinking of going. They know what they're doing.

    Thanks for the update!

    Kalina
  3. LISALOO

    LISALOO New Member

    I can't see them getting 30 more. I've been asking about one closer to me, and they've told me for a year and a half one may come to Chicago but it keeps getting pushed back due to not finding office space (Really not hard)

    I hope one comes soon closer, but I'm afraid that they won't find a dr to stay. Houston closed so I don't want that to happen.
  4. findmind

    findmind New Member

    So glad your getting good response now.

    Have you had any trouble getting ins. to pay for any of your treatment? i don't know how they can turn anyone down if the icd codes on the claim forms are correctly identifying a problem....

    Please let us know your experience with insurance?

    Thanks!
    findmind
  5. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    Is because they get paid less by the ins. co.

    They have to settle for a lessor amount than a client pays them.

    If you have got BC & BS you get a print out sheet every month of what services they have paid for.

    The amount that they pay doctors labs and hospitals is less than what was asked for.

    One of my doctors does not take ins. for that reason.So every month I send in my claim and wait another 4 weeks to get paid.

    I would switch doctors but he is my shrink and is awesome and has helped me with so much I could never find another doctor like him.

    Thanks for posting about 30 more .I live in RI and would love one close by.I would definitely give it a shot.

    Thanks
    Sue
  6. kalina

    kalina New Member

    I don't have any problems at all getting insurance to pay. I just fax in the FFC statement and get a reimbursement check about a month later. (For some reason, my insurance is even paying 100% on covered expenses -- more than the 80% they claim to pay when I go out of network. I can't bear to tell them they're paying me too much. :) )

    Sometimes I do go over on covered expenses. If my visit lasts longer than 1/2 an hour, the FFC will charge more than my insurance company will pay for an office visit, Keeping my office visits to 1/2 an hour is usually not a problem, but that first visit is a biggie.

    Most of FFC's blood work is done through Quest Diagnostics, which is a preferred provider on my insurance, so it's billed directly to the insurance co. and I don't have to shell out any money. If they use any other labs for specialized tests, depending on the lab, the lab either bills the insurance company or bills me directly, and those costs are covered at the 80% rate for out of network labs.

    That's how it works for me. Hope this helps!

    Kalina