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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Jumping Through Hoops and Some Technical Difficulties
The insurance company responded to our pediatrician's pre-authorization letter requesting a genetics consult at the Cleveland Clinic. They said that the authorization will be denied because Nolan has already had genetic testing, and our pediatrician needs to explain why the former genetic testing was insufficient.
So we move on to round 2 of getting approval to get a second opinion.
For the record, Nolan has only had genetic testing done for Connexin 26, Connexin 30, and the mitochondrial A1555G mutation: this is part of a 3-gene "Non-Syndromic Deafness" panel that is standard for nearly all children with hearing loss. His blood was taken at Buffalo Children's and sent to Boston for testing. Nolan was negative for any mutations in those three genes.
All of the "extra" medical issues have occurred since that point in time (he was only four months old during our genetics consult at WCHOB).
Our insurance company claims that Nolan was seen at Boston Children's Hospital, constituting a second opinion. This proves my theory that the insurance company employee reviewing the request cannot read.
The genetics report by Boston Children's is just the analytical data from the blood sample sent to them by WCHOB. We have never been to Boston, we have never gotten a second opinion, and the genetic test drawn by WCHOB and sent to Boston for testing was negative. So we know he doesn't have the most common gene responsible for non-syndromic deafness. This, coupled with the onset of new symptoms (including a machine necessary to keep him breathing at night, vision problems, muscle tone issues, etc.) should be enough to warrant a second opinion from a geneticist.
Hopefully the rebuttal letter our pediatrician is penning will be sufficient to grant us access to Cleveland Clinic. We're not seeking tons of expensive testing: we're simply seeking a second opinion from a clinical geneticist who works for a hospital which has a unit specializing in genetics relating to hearing loss.
In other news, Nolan's right hearing aid died on us today. It had been giving us a low "hum" and eating batteries. We normally go through one set of batteries per week with Nolan, and we started going through a battery per day. Besides the expense of buying a bazillion Size 13 batteries, there was the more pressing concern that Nolan's hearing aid might be ready to kick the bucket. It won't turn on at all today, so he is currently sporting only one "ear" and saying, "WHAT YOU SAY?" a lot. We see his audiologist on the 5th for a repeat hearing test, anyway, so hopefully she'll be able to help us find a solution. I just hope that solution is not buying new hearing aids.