I was supposed to have an MRI done of my back today, but turns out that the facility who was originally going to do it is out of network with my insurance company and the provider who is in network with them was denied authorization because they claim I haven't had any physical therapy since 1995. Sorry, not true. I had physical therapy when I was out on STD with my back in 2003, and the doctor who originally ordered my treatment stopped because it was doing more harm than good. He wanted me to try hydrotherapy at my local YMCA, but it wasn't covered by my insurance, either, and I couldn't afford their "Country Club" membership costs. That's how I wound up being treated by the specialist who ordered this MRI...because the other one finally threw up his hands and said: "there was nothing else he could do for me".
I received the news of the denial earlier this week when I was out-of-town at the audit site where I have been working for the past three weeks. It is just about to do me in, as my job requires periods of prolonged sitting and standing, which is a no-no, according to every doctor who has ever treated me for this herniated disc. Not to mention that I am also required to lug around over 50 pounds of computer equipment and a huge briefcase filled with stuffed binders. I was almost in tears yesterday as I watched my Team Leader and Clinical Manager pack up their gear at 2:00 PM in preparation to leave the audit site for the week and return to the office. I had been on my feet since 8 AM copying charts...some of which contained over 100 pages of documents, and my back and feet were killing
me. They got to leave, but told me I had
stay until every
chart was copied. That took me another two hours. I was in
misery by the time I was finished...and then had to face the two-hour drive home.
If this isn't abuse,
I don't know what is. My Clinical Manager is aware
of the fact that I have a bad back...yet she would not intervene, when my Team Leader refused my request to leave and work from home for the remainder of the day. This is the same
person who doesn't seem to have any problem coming and going as she
damn well pleases, including her announcement to me recently at 1 PM that she was "going home to take 'drugs' for her bad knee". I told her to "take some for my
bad back while she was at it".
I didn't care. She is no
better than I am, despite being overly impressed with her own importance ever since she was promoted to Team Leader in January. But as far as the pecking order goes, she has me over a barrel and she knows
it. Either I put up with the abuse and pain or quit. And right now, I can't afford to do either.
In the meantime, I am going to be on the phone today initiating the appeals process for my denied MRI...and looking for another job.