Re: [IP] Verio IQ
Yes, I am on MCHA. I got my Ping in 2009 while I was still on BC/BS of
MN. The first time that I went to get strips from Walgreens after
switching to MCHA, they told me that I was supposed to be on Contour.
But...I needed One Touch strips to be able to use the remote for the
Ping. I asked Medica, and they sent Walgreens an override so that I
could get One Touch strips from Walgreens.
When I got a Dexcom in 2010, Edgepark asked me if I would like to get
test strips from them. The price at Edgepark was much higher than at
Walgreens, so I stuck to Walgreens.
I am hoping to be able to get t:slim cartridges anywhere but Edgepark. I
asked Medica why they would reimburse Edgepark for Inset infusion sets
at 3 times what Animas sells them for, but they sent a response about
in-network vs out-of-network vendors and and not address the issue.
On 9/28/2012 4:56 PM, Laddie Lindahl wrote:
> My memory is that you are on MCHA. I am also on MCHA and have no problems
> getting One Touch strips. Are you buying your strips at the pharmacy?
> The key with MCHA is to buy your test strips from Edgepark. I was told by
> Edgepark that I can get any brand of test strips that I want. When I
> started with MCHA, I was getting Contour strips. Then I decided to start
> using the link meters with my Revel pump. I just ordered One Touch strips
> instead. I don't know whether Edgepark had to get a different prescription
> from my endo, but if they did, they took care of it. I get 900 strips (18
> vials of 50 strips) from Edgepark for a 90 day supply.
> So unless you have already mailed away your Verio IQ meter, I would hold
> off. The Verio IQ uses a new Gold Test Strip and although I have not
> purchased this kind of strip, it is listed on Edgepark. The item # is
> I have had very good service from Edgepark. The key is to ignore their
> "retail prices" that have nothing to do with what Medica MCHA pays. Before
> you satisfy your deductible, you still get the Medica negotiated rates,
> although I once had a rep quote me the "retail price" in error.
> Email me directly if I can help you and we can exchange phone numbers. (I
> used to post on this site as Casabby, but I've been gone for a while. Just
> joined back.)
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