Is Insurance in the Sleep Business?
Care Centrix is the company that does the authorizations for sleep studies for Cigna insurance. They recently bought a home sleep company. They now not only get to make the decision on who gets a sleep study, they then order the study, send out either an HST machine or more often an autopap machine with instructions and basically tell the patient "best of luck."
When did insurance companies get in the business of practicing medicine? Where is the care for the patient? Who is going to do the follow-up for these patients who may not have been diagnosed properly and who are definitely not being educated?
This is when we, as a field, need to make our voices heard. We are too quiet. We do not toot our own horns loudly enough. We need to prove that our time and education changes outcomes. We need to prove that it is not all about just obstructive sleep apnea but about the myriad of different disorders we help to discover. How many cardiac issues have we found? How many nocturnal asthma patients have we helped? Even the AASM thinks Cigna has gone too far.
This is a call to action! Write the company and your representative. Write the insurance administration. We need to change this.