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RE: [IP] A story



If you need a top-notch endo, I would suck it up and see the rude one twice a
year, and pick the most conveniently located one for the other 2 visits per
year.   Sorry for your rough ride.   The rules are stupid.

Melody

> Subject: [IP] A story
> From: email @ redacted
> Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:11:23 -0500
> To: email @ redacted
>
> Hey Y'all:
>  I have been a pumper for over 20 years - Minimed to Medtronics. Started
with
> Dr. David Bell then transferred to Dr. Richard Rosenthal. As I said, been
at
> Kirklin Clinic/UAB - Birmingham, AL. , for 20 years, ita 160mile round
trip.
>
>  As I leave each visit the doc says, see you in six months, I remind him,
> Medicare says 90 days. And make the appointment for 90 days. Sometimes I
would
> go six months and get away with it. I started thinking about it and
realized
> that I was a well established patient, he always says I am his best patient
and
> there was no medical reason for 90 day visits. So I call Medicare and begin
a
> dialog about the necessity of 90 days. I get the same from two
> agents......because that is the policy!!! I ask for a copy of that policy
and
> they send me the link for a copy of the policy. There it is....in black and
> white, pump patients must be seen every 90 days!!
>
>  Also there is the actual requirements for chart notes to get those "extra"
test
> strips. (Course I have since lost that link.)
>
>  So, I take this to my long time Doc and say here are the Damn requirements
> saying I have to see you ever 90 days. We're stuck I guess. He takes the
papers,
> goes out for a minute and comes back and we finish the visit. When we are
> through our same routine occurs he says see you in six months and I say
remember
> it's ninety days. And this 20 year doc and friend, To whom I have brought
> cookies and muffins and other treats for he and his staff, at least twice a
> year, says to me, and I quote, "Make it six months I don't have time to see
you
> that often, get another doctor to see you for the 90 day visits. That takes
time
> I could be seeing new patients!
>
>  I felt like I had been slapped In the face. Anger, pain, hurt in my heart I
was
> shocked! Well, I made it for six months and thought about it all the way for
the
> two hours home. The next day I made an appointment with a local endo who
does
> pumps here locally for Sept 18. If he and I can get along...and I am going
to
> force myself to like him. . ..... He is long known as a jerk with no
personality
> but a brilliant jerk. Unless we can't work together and I am determined to
make
> it work. I will fire my other doc and he will know why! I even think I
should
> report him to the AMA, UAB, and Medicare.
>
> What do y'all think of this?
>
>  And empathy to all of you who have and are fighting to get your six to ten
test
> strips a day!! Geez! Why are we even required to do this.....no one at
Medicare
> is diabetic and they don't have a clue. I was worn out with being on hold,
being
> on the phone begging my doc or his nurse to fax them again, they did't get
the
> last two faxes, etc. I finally got them to give me six a day my doc cut
down
> from the seven or eight I actually use. But I am happy just hate all the
wasted
> hours spent in getting what I need to be healthy!?!!
>
> Sorry to be so long.  Interested in your feedback
> Bonnie from Bama
>
> Sent from my iPa
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