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Woman with piles of hysterectomy paperworkWhat type of paperwork should I be keeping with regard to my surgery?

When planning a hysterectomy, it seems that you are handed a piece of paper every time you turn around. Though you may be tempted to throw them away, don’t! Many of them are very important and could help with planning, recovery, and paying for your hysterectomy surgery.

As part of your planning process, you should choose a folder or envelope in which to keep the mountains of papers you will receive. You may even find an accordion style folder will be helpful so you can sort the papers.

The first paperwork you will receive is likely to be from the surgeon’s office. It can include pamphlets detailing the type of hysterectomy you will be having. It is important to understand exactly what you are having done so you can be sure you agree that it is the right procedure(s) for you, so keep all this educational paperwork and read it thoroughly. You can also take that paperwork with you to a second opinion appointment so you are able to clearly discuss what surgeon #1 is suggesting.

Once your surgery is scheduled, you should also receive a copy of the surgical consent form. You'll want to be sure you thoroughly read it and discuss any questions or concerns before signing it. Also, make sure your copy includes any changes that have been made along with your signature and the signature of your doctor.

From both your surgeon and the medical facility, you may also be given an estimation of costs and what your insurance coverage will be. You will want to keep these to put with statements you receive after surgery. If you make any payments in advance, keep those receipts as proof of payment. You can ask for a copy of the signed financial agreements, too. If a payment plan is set up, keep a copy of the terms.

If pre-authorization is needed, your insurance company should mail you a confirmation letter before surgery. After surgery, they will mail you Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for all charges. Be sure to keep those and match them up with statements from your medical providers. Don’t be surprised if you receive EOBs and statements from physicians and facilities you don’t recognize. There will be services and providers working behind the scenes. These can include pathology, radiology, and lab services that may bill separately from the hospital.

You should also receive copies of the notice of privacy practices for each doctor and facility you visit. Any time you see a new doctor, you should be given a copy in compliance with HIPAA.

If you have any testing done, you should ask for copies to keep in your file. For digital files, such as images from CT scans and MRIs, you can create a pocket inside your folder so the discs don’t fall out.

When you are discharged from the hospital, you will be given more important paperwork. It will include details about why you were you were hospitalized, what symptoms warrant a call to your surgeon, when to schedule a post-op appointment, and what medications to take.

After surgery, you will also want to ask for copies of your pathology and surgery reports. You can keep both of these in with your paperwork.

Besides the paperwork given to you, you may also want to keep some personal information in your file. This can include a copy of your insurance card, list of your medications, allergy information, contact information for your physicians, emergency contact information, and your Living Will and/or Advanced Directive. You should also keep copies of your FMLA and short term disability paperwork in your file.

You may end up feeling buried in paper during your hysterectomy journey, but try to keep all of it in your file or folder. It will make things easier if you can quickly access phone numbers, instructions from your surgeon, and financial information when you need it.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-16-2013 - 06:38 PM


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