Fulcrum Strategies President and CEO Ron Howrigon was interviewed by KARE 11 in Minneapolis about UnitedHealthcare’s decision to deny a patient’s ulcerative colitis treatment. Ron shared his expertise on the inner workings of insurance companies to explain why appealing insurance denials is so difficult.
Read the story and watch now on KARE11.com
A college basketball player, Chris McNaughton was the picture of health until his junior year when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 22.
His life changed. The painful disease inflames the digestive tract and causes ulcers. McNaughton lost 50 pounds, was repeatedly hospitalized, and became suicidal.
There is no known cure.
“I basically spent all day in the bathroom. I had bloody diarrhea 20 times a day. And then I would have stomach pains so bad that I would just sort of lay on the couch in the fetal position,” he said in an interview with the non-profit news organization ProPublica.
ProPublica shared its story – and the raw interview it did with McNaughton – with KARE 11.
McNaughton went through failed treatments until he traveled from his home in Pennsylvania to Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic in May 2015….
Ron Howrigon is a former insurance executive and the President and CEO of Fulcrum Strategies, a healthcare consulting firm specializing in payor contract negotiation. He is also the co-host of the FLATLINING Podcast.