I posted a couple problems I've had recently with my Worker's Comp provider under the Health Insurance Board of the forum. To keep from repeating myself and drawing out this story, let me caution everyone to something regarding prescription compounded topical pain relieving creams.
In my state (Kentucky), there are only two dedicated Administrative Law Judges who hear and rule on Worker's Comp claims. Due to the high cost of healthcare, many WC patient's who have binding settlement's with their WC company have found themselves back in an open claim status because of compounded topical pain relieving creams. For years, I always got what my doctor's ordered regarding care and medications. However, when a prescription was submitted for me to try a compounded cream, all the sudden everything was denied and the WC provider had my case reopened (using a report by a doctor who bald-faced lied about me) to get one of the two judges to terminate their requirement to pay for my care.
That ordeal has been going on since the middle of August (2015). We just had my hearing yesterday. The judge ruled that they have to continue providing my care. But, that was after I told them I wasn't going to fill the cream prescription because of the cost. I told the judge that in good conscience, I couldn't ask the State to pay for the cream. Come to find out that since the cream is custom compounded, it costs $7,500.00 a tube! You read that right, SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for ONE TUBE!
Moral of the story - if you are a WC patient and your doctor want's to prescribe a compounded topical cream, you might want to check with your WC provider first to make sure they won't treat you the same as I was!
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2