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Re: [IP] Need New Pump



I agree with Irv

 On July 4, 2019, at 7:00 AM, Irv Perlman
<email @ redacted> wrote:

I have found Tandem help line very responsive. 

Sent by Irv

 > On Jul 4, 2019, at 8:11 AM, Kathleen Kienle
<email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> I am also looking for a new pump. I have used MM for twenty years. Recently
 > thinking of getting Tandem. When I called for pump info I was number 170 in
line
 > and left my number for s call back. Never got s call back. Somehow and I
donbt
> know how, I received an email from them. I am also concerned about their HELP
  > line availability. Not really wanting to go with Medicare approved pump but
I
do
 > know I can reach them very easily anytime for any reason. The Medtronic pump
I
> would be getting uses the same infusion sets and reservoirs as my current
> Medtronic pump. Less things to have to start new with. Still thinking.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 3, 2019, at 11:47 PM, Irv Perlman
> <email @ redacted> wrote:
>> 
>> 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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