Botox has become a common treatment for migraine headaches and can bring relief to sufferers. We are pleased to welcome you to our BOTOX® treatment program. Your physician is recommending treatment with BOTOX® for your specific medical condition. This letter is designed to provide you with important information regarding the treatment plan that you and your physician have discussed. Our goal is to make sure you fully understand how this treatment may benefit your medical condition, and to help you understand how you can play an active role in your treatment decisions and ongoing care.
Typical Treatment Plan
The appointment will typically take 15-20 minutes and it is best to wear loose fitting clothes. During this appointment, only the injection will be performed (other medication changes and treatments must be managed during separate appointments).
Work, exercise and driving are fine after treatment.
Typical Follow-up Treatment Plan
Treatment sessions your provider has recommended is important in order to see this treatment is working for you. It may take up to a few weeks to see a response from BOTOX® treatment. For example in clinical trials, Chronic Migraine patients treated with BOTOX® showed a response at their 4-week evaluation and after 2 treatments (each given at 12 week intervals), BOTOX® was proven to significantly reduce the number of headache days each month vs placebo.
Additional injections are performed every 12 weeks. Follow-up appointments are recommended by the provider one month following after each injection.
How We Work With Your Health Plan
Prior to treating you with BOTOX®, we must first receive approval from your insurance company.
We will submit information to your insurance company that was gathered during your visit with the provider. As part of that process, we confirm plan coverage and benefits including co-pays, co-insurance, and deductible amounts. This can take 2 to 4 weeks depending on your health plan. Some plans require additional information from the physician and may require separate approvals for the injection procedure and the drug.
In some cases (primarily with United and Cigna), we will need to obtain the BOTOX® medication through a specialty pharmacy. If this is required, you will be contacted directly by the specialty pharmacy to provide permission for the drug to be delivered to the practice for your treatment, and for the pharmacy to collect any co-payment that is required for the drug.
Depending on the requirements of your insurance company, we will need to obtain approval for ongoing treatment at certain intervals. In order to assist with this, it will be important for you to provide information about the treatment effectiveness to the provider at each appointment. This may include regular completion of your headache diary.
Your Financial Responsibilities
Prior to your first BOTOX® treatment, we will let you know the amount you may be responsible to pay. For certain types of insurance, assistance may be available to help you with your co-pay amounts for BOTOX®. We can provide you with information about the BOTOX® Savings card and help you register for this program. This card can be used for the purchase of Botox, office copay, or health related items at the pharmacy. However, it may not arrive in time for the first injection though can be used subsequently. The outstanding balance of the procedure must be paid timely and prior to the next injection.
How You Can Help
You play an important role in your treatment. Below is a list of things you can do to be an active participant in your treatment plan:
- Provide updated contact information.
- Notify us immediately of any changes in your insurance.
- Keep scheduled appointments and notify us as soon as possible if you need to change an appointment (charge for cancellations within 24 hours of appointment)
- Respond promptly to requests from the practice or others such as a specialty pharmacy, to avoid treatment delays.
- Maintain headache diaries or other information requested by your provider.