Recently I decided I wanted to do something a little different, and announced on our Facebook page that I was doing free 30 minute calls for people who are considering TMJ surgery. I’ve now had most of these calls, and was really interested to see… Read More »5 Tips Every TMJD Patient Needs to Know About Insurance (Plus a free download!)
As a patient with TMJ disorder and/or chronic facial pain, I have the right to: Have my physicians and/or providers listen to and consider my symptoms as serious issues. Be an active participant in my healthcare solution. A comprehensive examination that addresses my functional… Read More »TMJD and Related Disorder’s Patient Bill of Rights
This post has been brewing for a while, and I’ve just gotten to the point where I’ll scream if I see yet another website promoting a program that promises a TMJ “cure,” (but delivers nothing you can’t find yourself for free on the internet). If… Read More »I’ve Had It! How to Tell If a TMJ Website is Scamming You
You may want to sit down, grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie 😉 and maybe even take some notes. This is one of the most important blog posts that you have ever read about TMJ disorder research. I’m excited to be writing about… Read More »Major Research Update – The OPPERA Study: The Largest TMJ Disorder Study To Date
One of the most difficult aspects of being diagnosed with TMJ disorder is realizing that there is no cure. When you are in pain and researching to find answers to your problems, you can come across many doctors/dentists/patients/marketers claiming that they have exactly what you… Read More »How Do I Know If I’m Choosing the Right Treatment or Surgery for My TMJ Disorder?
With 10+ years behind me, I thought I’d post some thoughts on what it has been like, and most importantly, what I’ve learned, in the hopes that you could skip ahead a few years by applying these tips to your life. I’ve been through pretty… Read More »5 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Thousands of TMJ Disorder Patients
Do you have a TMJ mitek anchor, or do you know anyone who does? If so, we need to hear from you. We will also keep you updated on any mitek anchor related news. Please either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on… Read More »TMJ Mitek Anchor Patients – Please Contact Us
Managing medical bills, keeping track of doctor visits, filing insurance claims, and organizing medical records can all leave you feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few tips that can make managing TMJ disorder, or any chronic illness easier – and might stop you from pulling out your hair!
Records that are important to keep:
- Medical Bills
- Records of phone calls, emails and letters from doctors and insurers
- Insurance claims forms including claims filed, reimbursements, and explanations of benefits.
- Records of hospital stays, treatments, procedures, exams, lab tests, drugs prescribed and prescriptions filled.
Doctor Visits & Hospital Stays – What to Keep Track Of
Keep a log that includes:
1. Medical appointments
2. Prescriptions filled
3. Lab work
Whether you have insurance or not, this is an important thing to do. Keeping logs of appointments, prescriptions, procedures (and their costs) will help you when the bill comes around. Hospitals are notorious for including charges for things you didn’t even use. If you’re in the hospital, don’t rely on your memory to record the medications, tests, and procedures you have. If you can, assign a family member or friend to be your advocate…they can record everything for you so that it’s much easier to ask questions (and to talk with the insurance company if you have a dispute).Read More »Tips for Managing the Never Ending Mountain of Medical Paperwork & Files
Today, May 12, is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! You don’t have to do anything in person to take part – you can raise awareness by posting about Fibromyalgia on your Twitter or Facebook accounts. You can also take part in local events like walks. For more… Read More »Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
Welcome to TMJ Hope’s new website! Instead of New Years Resolutions, we thought we would start a new tradition of coming up with three words that will be our guidelines for the coming year. We will use these words as guidance for how we should… Read More »State of the TMJ Hope Union