Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
This is what I do for work. It's called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short). It's a therapy that involves magnetically stimulating your neurotransmitters after finding your brain's motor threshold. What does it do? It cures depression. It's pretty new to the medical world, so most insurance companies only cover it based on "medical necessity." -_- I spend hours on the phone talking to them just to see if they can cover one patient.
However, it also can help with symptoms caused by bi-polar disorder, migraines, or anxiety. It's really a helpful tool. Patients come in once a day for 30 days, and sit in this chair for an hour. I talk to them, or put on a movie, or play 20 questions with them. When it's over, they get up and leave. After the thirty days, EVERY patient I have had say they feel much better. Insurance companies don't make any money off of such therapies. Ergo, they refuse to cover it. The medical office I work at hardly makes any money off it either, but we do it for the patients. They really need it. Some of them are so fallen apart, and I've seen such huge, dramatic changes in their lives after they finish the therapy.
So I was just wondering... What do you guys think of the whole situation? I understand that insurance companies need to make money, but the patients need help and sometimes this is the only thing they can use. Most of the patients I see can't afford TMS, so they need the insurance companies' help. Do you guys think this is okay? Am I just worrying too much? It's a real problem here, I think. I would just like some input on whether or not you guys think it's okay for insurance companies to do this.
(I also do techie stuff, insurance verification forms, and billing sheets at the office, but this is my main thing lol).
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I mean, I've seen patients come in who can hardly keep from breaking down crying in the chair they're just so depressed. I also do speech therapy while they're in the chair to help a bit, too. And then, when they leave, their marriage is strong again, their relationship with their kids is blossoming, etc.
I call my patients about 4 weeks after to see how they're doing lol.