>Subject: Re: Medical Clearance for GM BC/BS
>From: fbutts at hsc.vcu.edu ("Frank M Butts")
>Date: Sat, Nov 1, 1997 12:51 EST
>Message-id: <Pine.A18.104.22.1681101124553.106250A-100000 at comet.vcu.edu>
>>On Fri, 31 Oct 1997, Jeffrey Sirianni wrote:
>>> Thanks one and all for responding to my inquiry on defining a "standard
>> hearing aid" as provided as a benefit for some GM retirees with BC/BS.
>>>> My next question/story stems for a situation that arose last week in the
>> office and I would like to share my experience with everyone and gather
>> responses and comments.
>>>> I have a couple in my practice (one ENT, one audiologist) who are retired
>> GM employees with BC/BS. The husband is Medicare (disabled) plus BC/BS,
>> while the wife is BC/BS only. They have received several hearing aids a
>> piece through their years as an employee/retiree of GM from a Miracle Ear
>>>> When this couple called to set up their appointments to see about getting
>> new hearing aids, it was my understanding that a medical clearance was
>> required by BC/BS as a prerequisite to hearing aid acquisition.
> The woman called back the next
>> day mad that we charged her for an ENT office visit for medical clearance
>> saying that the Miracle Ear dealer in Indiana never charged her a cent for
>> getting a hearing aid. She did say that the dealer "made arrangements"
>> with a local physician for medical clearance to which she went to see
>> him/her, but was not charged for his/her ENT medical services.
>>It is my understanding that paying for a referral violates federal and
>state laws. I'm sure the an attorny would be the best source for this
>>fbutts at gems.vcu.edu>>>
True but The dispenser did not pay for a referral he paid the cost of
an office visit to an ENT office, this is legal.
Think about it.
Robert B. Siegel M.S. CCC-A, BC-HIS
Family Hearing Centers
2001 Lincoln Dr W. Suite E
Marlton, NJ 08053-1531