Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Medical Wigs: Bill Your Insurance

By Naomi Mannino Subscribe to RSS | April 25th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



Learn To Get Your Insurance To Pay for Your Medical Wig

Many insurance companies have provisions for covering medically necessary wigs. Here is how to navigate the process and get your medical wig paid for.

"I'm finding that about 30 percent of insurance companies cover cranial prosthetics, which is simply another term for your wig," says Terri Johnston, owner and hair replacement specialist of The Inspiration Salon in Rockford, Ill. Getting your medically necessary wig covered by your insurance should be a goal of yours to get the best, highest-quality wig you can afford. To accomplish this goal, as Dave Barker, owner of International Hair Restoration Systems in Jacksonville Fla., explains, "You really need somebody experienced in oncology-related and medically necessary wigs and hair replacement issues in your court to guide you through the process."

What do I need to get a wig?

•An insurance benefit for a cranial prosthesis: Many insurance companies that cover prostheses of any kind will also cover a medically necessary wig, or cranial prosthesis, for those who experience total hair loss due to medical reasons, especially oncology. So your first point of action is to call up your insurance company and find out what it will cover and the process required for achieving coverage, advises Johnston. Your specific budget will depend on your personal situation, diagnosis, insurance benefits, out-of-pocket limits, in-network restrictions and deductible requirements.

•Diagnosis from your doctor: Obviously, for a cancer-related or medically necessary wig, you'll need to provide a copy of the diagnosis from your doctor.

•A written prescription from your doctor: Once you have your diagnosis, your doctor can prescribe a cranial prosthesis for you (in exactly those terms). Then, you can work with your hair replacement specialist to determine what your insurance will pay for and decide on a type of wig or treatment that fits the parameters. Johnston explains how some hair replacement specialists can help even further: "Often, a patient will get a prescription from the oncologist and we submit a copy of the bill with the appropriate medical code on it and can mail it to your insurance company. Usually a wig is a reimbursement type of expense, but we can also have it billed directly to your insurance. We abide by HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations and can get the prescription from your doctor and handle all the billing. It's actually all part of our initial consultation for a cancer-related wig."

•A hair replacement specialist with a taxpayer identification number: The easiest step, agree both Johnston and Barker, both very experienced in dealing with oncology-related wigs and insurance issues, is to deal with only an experienced hair replacement company with a current taxpayer ID number. "You can even try to find someone like either of us who can take care of the insurance billing for you (which may represent only a small percentage of hair replacement professionals), especially if you are not feeling well. Just call around, as part of your initial screening process to find a hair replacement specialist, and ask how they handle oncology hair wigs and insurance issues," they suggest, "because the billing issues can be complicated and full of red tape."

The bottom line on obtaining a wig

One of the biggest issues is working with a hair replacement company that is professional, experienced and reliable. It can be one less thing to worry about when you're not feeling well and need all your strength, advise both Johnston and Barker. "We really feel for our clients who are suffering and a need a cancer-related wig, and we want to do everything we can to help them feel and look better so they can concentrate on healing!"

Naomi Mannino - About Author:
Naomi Mannino is a freelance writer who writes about health, beauty, and fashion. She is a contributing writer for HairLossDotCom and writes about hair replacement and hair loss treatments such as wigs.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/health-articles/medical-wigs-bill-your-insurance.htm

Related Health Articles Subscribe to RSS

Effective ways to grow hair in spite of hair loss
Published by Makjonson on January 19th 2012 | Health
There are many methods that when applied properly will help to grow hair on your scalp and prevent h...
 
Some common reasons of hair loss in women
Published by Makjonson on January 12th 2012 | Health
Losing some hair is normal for every person as it is the process of renewal. But alarming rate of ha...
 
How HCG weight loss can benefit males
Published by Marry Brewett on May 23rd 2012 | Health
When going on an HCG diet plan, both female and male dieters have found that they can drop as much a...
 
Add stars to your beauty with classic hair extensions
Published by Jane Cyrus on March 23rd 2012 | Health
Womens are the point of discussion among the crowd because of their beauty. They do everything to lo...
 
A Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic in NYC can Prevent Tooth loss by Root Canal Therapy
Published by Dentalcarenyc on January 31st 2012 | Health
In a recent survey conducted in the city of a New York, 80% of the participants agreed that a health...
 
Raspberry keytone is a natural weight loss treatment
Published by Jamessms on April 4th 2012 | Health
In the recent past, weight loss treatment market has seen tremendous growth with new treatments, wor...
 
Have Long and Beautiful hairs with Human hair extensions
Published by Jane Cyrus on April 18th 2012 | Health
Hairs depict the personality of the human being clearly and it is noticed by every person....
 
Importance of Alopecis Androgenetic for Hair loss and thickening
Published by Ankur S. on March 9th 2012 | Health
Alopecia ANDROGENETIC is a stubborn progressive hair loss condition which is partially caused by he...
 
Safe and cheap skin treatment- IPL laser hair removal
Published by Vervena on January 27th 2012 | Health
Vervena hair beauty is beauty site which provide us beauty treatment for remove unwanted hairs by te...
 
How hair re-growth products help us in the long run?
Published by Justin Mark on December 22nd 2011 | Health
We all know that hair regrowth products are available in the market, for both men and women because ...
 
Treatments taken for a healthy and nourishing hair
Published by Makjonson on February 3rd 2012 | Health
This article highlights on the key factors that are responsible for hair loss. Several experiments a...
 
The hair loss product Zulvera is the remedy to stop hair damage
Published by John Abrahm on January 9th 2012 | Health
The product bears all the highly researched ingredients that are safe and beneficial to stop hair da...
 
Try laser hair removal – to remove unwanted hair
Published by Therese Laserase on June 4th 2012 | Health
As a popular hair removal method in Belfast, lasers are a convenient, non-invasive and safe way to m...
 
Treat your falling hair
Published by Makjonson on February 15th 2012 | Health
Hair loss is prevented through hair loss cure. There are ways through which it is done and the cost ...
 
Soya products: the best protein for weight loss
Published by Chris Adam on March 5th 2012 | Health
For muscle building as well as for perfect weight loss a Protein rich diet is important. Your muscle...
 
Check out the best hair loss treatments.
Published by Stefenm on July 20th 2012 | Health
For preventing hair loss & hair fall, you have to apply ayurvedic, herbal etc hair loss treatments. ...
 
Excellent solution for hair loss problem
Published by William James on December 27th 2011 | Health
Hair Extra is exactly as the name says, it is an excellent solution for the hair problem. adding mor...
 
Radiantly beautiful, silky smooth skin - try laser hair removal
Published by Therese Laserase on December 8th 2011 | Health
Who can resist the dream of having silky smooth skin - especially during summer - especially on the ...
 
Getting rid of facial hair
Published by Steven Taibu on July 20th 2012 | Health
Having excessive facial hair can be very off - putting. Especially if you are a woman, you will find...
 
Stretch marks and hair loss problems in females
Published by Whitney on July 21st 2012 | Health
The American Academy of Dermatology has said that it is normal to lose 50 to 100 strands of hair in ...