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Re: [IP] Need New Pump



Medicare covers the Tandem pump. 

Sent by Irv

 > On Jun 25, 2019, at 7:49 AM, Kathleen Kienle
<email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
 > Does Medicare cover the Tandem T pump ? I know Medicare has approved the
Dexcom
> 6 which will be available to Medicare people at the end of the year.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jun 23, 2019, at 5:11 PM, Susan Doran
> <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> 
>> Ibm also a T1 diabetic. About 2 yeas ago, I started with the Tandem T slum
> and
 >> a dexcom. Mya1c and control is amazing now. Last A1C was 6.4bamazing for
me.
> I
>> love it! Good luck.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Jun 23, 2019, at 4:29 PM, Laurel Sedgwick
>> <email @ redacted> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Next month the warranty on my Medtronic MMT 551NAP will expire. It has
>> already
 >>> been acting kind of funky, so I do not want to wait longer than necessary
to
>> get
>>> a new replacement pump.
>>> 
>>> My Type 1 is Brittle.
>>> 
>>> As of this point in my research, there appear to be 2 pumps for me to
>> consider.
>>> These are the Medtronic 670G and the Tamdem T:slim. With the Medtronic
>> System, I
 >>> would also have to have the Medtronic CGM system in order to actually
manage
>> my
>>> blood sugars. Similarly, I would need a DexCom 6 to manage with the Tandem
>> pump.
>>> 
>>> When I changed to Humana Medicare insurance, I learned that they would not
>>> cover the Medicare CGM (even though they had said they would). I havenbt
>>> inquired specifically about the Dexcom 6, but suspect it would also be
>> denied.
>>> 
>>> In the meantime, I have acquired the Freestyle Libre 14-day, which has
>> improved
 >>> my blood sugars (since I get up in the middle of the night to check them).
I
>> did
>>> manage to get Humana to cover that one so that I only have to pay $36/month
>>> instead of $200.
>>> 
>>> What I need is a closed loop system so that I have a CGM to continuously
>>> provide the blood-sugar reading, and a pump that can read and implement how
>> my
>>> basal rate needs to be changed. I will continue to try for this by
> contacting
>>> Humana (I was finally assigned to a customer advocate), but I still have to
 >>> decide which pump system to push for. I have been using
Medtronic-Minimedbs
>>> products continuously for 20 years, so I am most familiar with these, but I
>> am
>>> open to switching, if that provides me with a smoother life. (Ibm even
>> willing
>>> to consider the bhacking your pumpb alternative, since I am relatively
>>> computer-literate.) The Medtronic CGM is painful and short-lived; Ibve
> never
>>> tried a Dexcom 6 (so I canbt comment on feel), but it also has to be
> changed
>>> every 7 Days. What sorts of insertion sets are available with the Tandem?
>>> 
>>> I am trying to get in to see my former diabetes team (educator and
>> dietitian),
>>> but havenbt figured out how to get that to go through with Humana.
>>> 
>>> Those of you who have gone through this process, PLEASE weigh in! If you
> have
>>> tips on how to handle Humana, I am dying in the desert waiting for your
>> water. I
 >>> also need to know how the Dexcom 6 feels when inserted (and how difficult
it
>> is
 >>> to insert). I am very sensitive to adhesivebs and cannot use steel
needles.
>>> 
>>> Thank you so much!
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Laurel Sedgwick
>>> DXed 1975; pumping since 1998; age 61
>>> Was forced into retirement 2 years ago for an apparently non-diabetes
> related
>>> problem (cognitive decline).
>>> Upper-leg neuropathy, frozen shoulder, tendonitis and trigger finger;
>> possible
>>> GI impact (IBS, etc.)
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