Authentic Medicine Moment #7: Insurers Making You Pay For Preventive Colonoscopies

Did you know about the scam insurers use to change your preventive colonoscopy to a diagnostic one? They do this to stick you with the bill. Check out this behind the scenes look.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Authentic Medicine Moment #7: Insurers Making You Pay For Preventive Colonoscopies

  1. Kristin (mildly annoyed scientist)
    January 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    how about E917.4 where you are exploring for a lamppost, fence or bathtub may be impacted up there?

  2. Frankie Hellis
    January 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Honestly we have no problems as long as you bill the colonoscopy and all associated services (pathology, facility, anesthesia) using the V76.51 in the first position. The problems arise when one or more of the ancillary providers use 211.3 as the primary diagnosis.

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