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Greetings everyone -

i started the WLS process back the week before thanksgiving, by going to an information session at Dr. Joyce's office at Silver Cross hospital.   As of last week I have completed all of the clearances (psych, pulmonary, cardiac, nutrition) needed for surgery to be scheduled.   Just in the month of December alone I had over ten doctors appointments. YIKES!    I'm trusting that my paperwork has been submitted to BCBS IL by the office    Does anyone have recent experience with the approval process.   I know it can as long as 30 days,  but I read somewhere that it might only take a week or two.   Should I call BCBS to double check?  I'm just anxious to get surgery scheduled.   I'm so happy I found this website, and other people who are going through and can relate to this life changing process.   Good luck to all.

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I have BCBS highmark. My clinic manager said about 14 days. I heard back in 3. My case manager told me to call BCBS as often as I wanted..... I just didn't need to in this case.

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Welcome!  It often takes a couple weeks.

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Don't hesitate to call. Insurance approvals often go faster when the insurance company can tie the pre-authorization request from the doctor's office to an open case file that you initiate.

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Thanks to each of you who responded.  I will call BCBS tomorrow and just double check to see if the paperwork has arrived.   I read each of your profiles and I'm so motivated and inspired reading about your success.    I can't wait to feel and be healthy again.

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Welcome to the forum SweetNavarre.

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Welcome

 

i have BCBS IL and the approval process took about 2 weeks.

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Good news.  I spoke with BC/BS this morning.   They received the paperwork from my doctors office on Wednesday, Jan 13th and approved this past Monday, Jan 18th.   That's what I call efficiency!!!!!    Now I'm just waiting to hear from the Dr. Joyce's office to schedule surgery.   All of my clearances are in - so I should be good to go.   I know this was only the first of many hurdles, but I'm still happy to be done with the authorization process.    Thanks again for the positive energy.  

 

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So glad it went smoothly for you!  

Good luck on this new journey!

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Great News-  I got the call from the surgeons office and I'm scheduled for Monday, February 15th.   Tomorrow I go to their office to the blood work and mandatory education.   I'm so happy and excited to finally have a date.   Thank you again for all the encouraging words.  

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Now you need to check in regularly and let us know how you're doing. :)

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