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Posted by Bruce on September 19, 2000 at 21:36:11:

In Reply to: Re: DBS surgery: yes or no? posted by Lucy on September 14, 2000 at 12:53:25:

: My husband,40-something, is seriously looking into having this surgery performed. We are having difficulty finding out if insurance will pay for the procedure. Since the device is not FDA-approved for this specifically, we anticipate difficulties with reimbursement. Insurance company keeps wanting the CPT code in order to tell us if it will be covered, and we can't seem to find this. Any help or suggestions? Has anyone had this surgery and had insurance cover the cost? Thanks for any info.
Lucy, Please read my posting on medicare coverage in Kansas. The numbers you need are listed in the message. I know how you are feeling, because I have just went through the same thing. The medicare reps. will never admit to not knowing the answer, because if you don't give them the numbers, they will mislead you and tell you what you are seeking will not be approved.

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