TRACKING YOUR CARE
Santa Fe New Mexican
You will receive a lot of information throughout your cancer journey. It’s important to keep a record of your or your loved one’s medical appointments, bills and insurance claims. Cancer.net provides a number of resources to make it easier for you. On the website, you’ll find forms that can help you track appointment notes, test results, and your medical team. It also provides advice on taking charge of your care and questions to ask at your appointment. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends keeping records of the following aspects of your care: • Details about each appointment, including the tests or procedures you had and the dates they took place • The name and dose of each drug prescribed and the name of the doctor who prescribed them • Copies of checks and credit card receipts for co-pays and other health care costs • A current copy of your medical insurance coverage • Bills and invoices from health care providers, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals or labs • Insurance claims filed by you, your doctor or your hospital • Explanation of benefits statements from your insurance company for processed claims • Insurance reimbursements you have received • Insurance claim rejections you have received and appeal letters you have written • Payments and insurance claims for any molecular testing Local resource: Cancer Services of New Mexico provides a free treatment organizer, a portable, record-keeping tool designed by a New Mexican cancer survivor to help you keep track of all documents related to your care. To request a Cancer Treatment Organizer, e-mail LIPA@cancerservicesnm.org or call 505-999-9764.