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Q: On average, how much time do you and your office staff members spend on the phone with insurance companies per week?
Paul Slosar, MD, President, SpineCare Medical Group, San Francisco Spine Institute: My staff estimates that it can take 2-3 hours of phone work to get a single surgery approved. They also often spend 30-45 minutes getting an injection approved. The doctors now have to do phone calls for 2/3 surgeries. The overhead spent on these tasks is increasing exponentially from 1-2 years ago.
Jeffrey Wang, MD, Spine Surgeon, UCLA Spine Center: This is a daily occurrence and my staff spends several hours each day on the phone attempting to get authorizations for treatments, referrals, radiological studies, and surgeries.
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How Much Time Does Your Spine Practice Spend Talking With Insurance Companies Per Week? FeaturedWritten by Laura Miller | October 29, 2012
Two spine surgeons discuss the amount of time their and their office staff spend on the phone with insurance companies every week.
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