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Re: [IP] I'm frustrated already!
Hi Donna- Go ahead and vent- It does help. Just want you t know I'm a
Disetronic user for just a year and love the Disetronic. I ran into the same
situation as you. Going to a Joslin Center and the Diabetes Educator had no
experience with Disetronic although she said that if I could get a trainer to
come to show her how to use it, she would agree to it. I called and was able to
get a trainer to her and I was able to start on the Disetronic. She said that
the problem seems to be that there are not as many Reps in the area and that it
is hard to get someone to come to them often enough. Since I have started on
the pump, I've had phone conversations with the Rep but recently found out my
Rep is no longer with the Company and a new person is covering his territory. I
have yet to talk with him. In comparing the two pumps I found the D to be
superior. The noise the MM makes is loud in comparison. You will see what I
mean when you look at the two. Good luck! Beth
D & D Clarke wrote:
> Did I say I wouldn't be posting for awhile? What was I thinking? I've been
> torn between the 2 pump choices, leaning towards Disetronic. I spoke with
> my very annoying CDE today and found out why she insists MM is the only way
> to go. She doesn't know how to train me on D. There are only 2 pumps.
> Would it be so hard to learn both so she can give her patients a choice?
> Keep in mind this is a Joslin Center! The leader in diabetes care. This
> doesn't stop me because I don't give up that easily. I called D. and asked
> if they would send a trainer over the day I start up. Sure enough they
> will. Great. Now I ask some tricky questions like how soon would a pump be
> in my little hands. They are not so clear on that. MM was promising me
> one very quickly and would have no problem meeting the Aug. 23 deadline. D
> says that MM gives you a pump even if the insurance hasn't gone thru and
> will sometimes bill the patient later if anything isn't covered. A little
> scary since we're talking $5,000 worth of equipment. D is fairly honest
> and explains some insurance companies (most) prefer the MM because it costs
> them less money. They put up quite a fight when asked to pay for the D. I
> have only had IDDM for 3 & 1/2 years, have no complications, last A1c was
> 6.7. Because of this Cigna may not be as willing to pay for the pump.
> What's not seen on paper is that I have many lows in the middle of the night
> (usually wake up at around 30) and high morning blood sugars(250) at least 3
> days a week.
> Anyway, this post is getting way too long. I am going to see a CDE tomorrow
> at a different hospital. She taught my sister 20 years ago and I met up
> with her at my Dx. She only works with peds. but has both pumps in her
> possession and is going to show me them to help me make up my mind about how
> much insurance fighting I'm willing to do. It sounds like MM is the path
> of least resistance. With a two year old, I don't have much time during the
> day to harass Cigna about this claim.
> Sorry to vent so much!
> Donna Triolo-Clarke
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