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Re: [IP] Insulin Pumps - my insurance has preferences!
In a message dated 97-12-19 11:25:59 EST, you write:
Katie is right in her reply to you. Contact the manufacturers directly and
make sure that each of them have "relations" with the suppliers you mentioned.
If they both do, then focus your attention on which pump is the right one for
you (it is really for your son, right?). There ARE only two, MiniMed (the one
I use) and Disetronic. They both serve the same purpose but go about it in
slightly different manners. If you would like to know what I like about my
MiniMed, I will email you privately, and not fill up everyone's mailbox as
this topic has recently been covered in depth. Or...check the list archives
for about the last month.
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> It sounds like Aetna is confusing terminology . . .durable medical goods
> supplier and manufacturer.
> When I was recommended for the pump. I was told a similar story but later
> found that I could get a different answer each time I called. The way it
> played out; my insurance company contracted with several durable medical
> providers that supplied me with a Disetronic pump and supplies. The durable
> medical goods suppliers did not have their own pumps they are simply one
> link in the ever growing chain.
> I have dealt both with Apria and Olsten each provided me with Diesetronic
> supplies. I had difficulties. Seems as if one minute they were an approved
> supplier then the next they weren't. When you order supplies or the pump,
> about three days then call your insurance company to verifty that the
> medical goods supplier is still approved. Then call the durable medical
> company and make sure they are still moving ahead. Another good way to keep
> things flowing is to contact Disetronics (and I assume Mini Med) and let
> know you are wanting to order. Get them to follow on their end, among all
> parties concerned you and the manufacturer have the greatest desire to get
> a pump.
> Disetronics was also able to tell me weather they sold supplies to certain
> durable medical goods companies. The territory rep may be an asset in
> insurance straightened out.
> good luck