I am roughly 8-9 weeks pg. My last child I had 4 years ago with Kathy's practice at Mercy and I have been going there since then for annual exams, check-ups, and a m/c and I've been very happy there. My husband's employer just switched to Cigna, and Kathy's practice DOES NOT accept Cigna! Apparently, Cigna doesn't "recognize" them because they are a practice of CNMs, vs. a practice of CNMs and docs....or something stupid like that. Unfortunately, I don't have a choice in the insurance plan, and paying out of pocket is not an option. Kim (the office manager) told . me that I was the 3rd former patient she turned away in the past 2 weeks because of a recent switch to CIGNA, she is working with the accreditation person at Mercy to solve this problem, but it could take months, if at all. Bayla told me I should complain to Cigna-- actually, the broker who purchased the insurance for my husband's firm is planning on helping us, but who knows if and when this will yield results? And in the meantime, I need to work out a plan:
What are some other options for me? A hb is not an option for me at this time.
I called MD General, and the midwife practice does not accept CIGNA-- maybe is there another practice affiliated with the hospital that does?
Bayla suggested the midwife practice at St. Joseph's in Towson, as did Kim. I couldn't find much info on this site about them, but what I read seemed okay (it was mostly about someone who transferred there during a HB, plus another one about a lady on methadone maintenance or something like that.....)
I made a mistake and thought MD General was the same as Univ. of MD, so I scheduled an appointment with the midwives there (at U. of MD) but Bayla told me it's more "med-wife" there, so I will probably cancel it, unless someone has a different opinion.
Kim also likes an OB practice at Mercy: Drs. Hoffman and Nichelson.
I work outside the home, so commuting to Special Beginings or Upper Chesapeake would not be practical to me--- I can't miss so much work for appointments. I live in the Mt. Washington area (near Sinai hospital) and work in Towson (right near GBMC), so anything roughly within a 20-25 minute drive would probably work, including downtown baltimore.
would def. appreciate any feedback!