In our recent post, “Should Disability Insurance Companies Be Deciding What Kind of Care You Receive?” we explained that insurance companies will often contact your treatment providers directly without your consent, ambushing them with medical studies and demanding answers to a plethora of questions about your medical treatment in an effort to undermine your disability claim. In many instances, insurance companies will refuse to produce the medical reports their in-house doctors wrote about you, but still expect full access to your treatment providers and their reports.
If this happens to you, you may (justifiably) feel like the insurance company is going behind your back and unfairly manipulating the claims process. Your treatment providers may become upset because the insurance company is harassing them to respond to detailed questions without adequate time to understand the questions and/or provide thorough answers. You may even notice your doctors acting differently towards you after speaking with the insurance company. For example, your doctor might begin to avoid you when you ask him or her to provide you with documentation to support your claim.
How can you protect your treatment providers from being ambushed by insurance companies and protect your claim from being manipulated?