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[IP] Addendum to Ann Arbor note

Dashed off my Ann Arbor note before seeing this one from Miranda (below). I
disagree re Robet Lash; you just have to nag him (like any doc), and I found
my pump education to be good, although not as excellent as this list! :)

Second, I've been very happy with HomeMed for pump supplies (they call every
month to see what I need and ship it instantly) and Medequip for strips
(same deal). Both are M-care approved. Ease may depend on what sort of
M-Care you have; we have so-called Point-of-Service.

As for pump being leased -- who cares? I use it however I want and I suppose
they'll get it back when I die! Doubt my heirs will care. :)


Susan Ager
Detroit Free Press
600 W. Fort
Detroit MI 48226
FAX 313.222.5397

Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 13:44:59 -0500 (EST)
From: Miranda Miller <email @ redacted>
Subject: Re: [IP] living in Ann Arbor

I just moved away from Ann Arbor.  I had MCare insurance, and my endo was
Dr. Robert Lash, he is from the University, and I saw him at Briarwood.
He was a good endo, got me on the pump, but he was so busy that it took
him many months to write the letter of medical necessity.  The pump
training was nonexistant, harmful if anything, and I would definitely not
recommend getting supplies through Home Med infusion company, which MCare
contracted out.  Specifically I had GradCare through MCare, and test
strips, lancets, and pump supplies were all free.  Good deal eh?  Who knew
that they only *leased* insulin pumps instead of buying them.  I'm still
waiting to hear their policy on lease vs. buy when it comes to things like
pacemakers and prosthetics.  Overall U of M is great, but their health
insurance needs some refining.


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