DH has peripheral vascular disease. His right leg was amputated b/c there was no blood supply to the foot & gangrene had set in. The same problem exists in the L leg although not as extensive as the R leg was. The vascular surgeon (VS) sees a small chance to do a bypass & wants DH to go through hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT).
Problem: The wound care center (WCC) dr evaluated DH for HBOT & states DH does not meet any diagnosis that Medicare would approve HBOT for. She wants to say the necrosis (diagnosed by VS) is a blood blister scab she can remove in a month if it is treated w/ iodine. The WCC dr sent us home w/iodine gel, sterile water, & unopened bandages. (Of course Medicare will be billed.). B/c these items were brought into the room, they automatically belong to DH.
Now that I am over the shock that the WCC dr over rode the VS orders, I am ready to fight. I made the VS's nurse aware of the situation via email. Who do I go to to argue my case? A social worker for the hospital the WCC is in? The hospital administrator? I am expecting the VS to come down on DH's side (if VS is in town this week). I know VS is not seeing patients this week & I plan to try to contact a VS colleague.
Any suggestions are welcome.