Meet Dr. Hurley – a physician (and now a patient) bent on righting the wrongs of insurance denials

Dr. Daniel Hurley, a top ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor in greater Phoenix, never saw himself as an activist – and certainly not one who would challenge convention in his own field of medicine.

But Hurley’s outlook began to change about seven years ago when his basketball-loving teenage son was diagnosed with an unusual condition around both knees – osteochondritis dissecans – and the top sports-medicine doctors advising the family recommended surgery.

He hopes public pressure will force insurance companies to improve as the devastating effects of their policies are exposed. Recent reporting has indeed laid bare what is becoming a national health crisis, with dangerous consequences for patients, but the challenge of forcing individual companies to change course is even greater when the entire industry is in lock step.

“One way to shut it down,” said Hurley of the rampant payment denials, “is to apply the same level of accountability that I have as a physician, when I have a practice, to the physicians who are making the decisions on the insurance side. When you apply that level of accountability – you can make that decision, but you’re going to be liable for it – then it shuts down very fast.”

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