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RE: [IP] pump question concerning possible doctor's commissions



The Physician I work with does not get commission to recommend any pump nor
do I know any CDE or MD that does... just like Doug mentioned, they stick
with what they know and what research supports.  Being in the medical field,
I find it very disconcerting that options are not being offered even if they
push one over another.  The patient needs to make the ultimate choice.  They
are the one using it 24/7 !!

Thank You,

Keirsten Welch RD, LD, CPT
MP TotalCare, 
Insulin Pump Specialist
Certified Pump Trainer
From: Doug Boss [mailto:email @ redacted]

It may be that the Drs and educators are familiar with one brand and want to
stick with what they know.

Or it may be they are supporting the pump that was proven in a study to
help.   I know for example that My Dr is hesitant to put anyone on
cholesterol medications other than the one named in recent study showing
effectiveness.

My $0.02

Doug

From: Bill [mailto:email @ redacted] 

 Thanks George, after looking up HCFA and Stark II, I was directed to the
followijng pages which are very infomative in answering my
questions.  http://www.physweekly.com/archive/98/03_02_98/twf.html

Bill

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 15:50:56 -0600
From: George <email @ redacted>

On Jan. 4, 2001, HCFA issued the Stark II regulations, which expanded
the self-referral prohibitions to include referrals for equipment or
supplies to a provider that the physician has a direct or indirect
compensation agreement with.  Thus, if you feel that you are being
pushed into an arrangement with a company that you do not want*, ask
your provider if they are in compliance with the Stark regulations?

George
(not to say that this didn't occur before 2001*)
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