Discovery Health anticoagulation program-MUST SEE!

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Ross

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Is anyone here doing home testing? I'd love to but my primary can't find enough excuses why I shouldn't...and their Lab uses the Roche unit!
Just about all of us are home testers and some self dosers. Get your primary to watch the video. He gets credit for continuing education if he does.
 

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I get the impression testing is easy gravy for their local in clinic Lab...

I'm not going to give up however!

Thanks!
 

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I get the impression testing is easy gravy for their local in clinic Lab...

I'm not going to give up however!

Thanks!
The bottom line is that they don't want the revenue leaving their clinics. It's easier to say stupid things such as the machines aren't accurate or they just don't trust them. Mine wouldn't even acknowledge they existed, then changed his tune when I brought in the application, then he went with "they aren't accurate". I asked him why he'd say that when the Cardiologists clinic uses a coaguchek meter? He still won't cooperate with me on it, but my Cardiologist did and that's all that matters.
 

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The bottom line is that they don't want the revenue leaving their clinics. It's easier to say stupid things such as the machines aren't accurate or they just don't trust them. Mine wouldn't even acknowledge they existed, then changed his tune when I brought in the application, then he went with "they aren't accurate". I asked him why he'd say that when the Cardiologists clinic uses a coaguchek meter? He still won't cooperate with me on it, but my Cardiologist did and that's all that matters.

Thanks Ross...I'm going to contact my Cardiologist today and hope for a better outcome!
 

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Roger:

My PCP is theoretically my anticoagulation manager. However, what it consists of is writing my warfarin Rxes each year. His staff was hesitant when I asked about doing home-testing, but **he** was in favor. At that time, he had 2 other patients doing home-testing.

I've been home-testing almost 5 years.

Dr. Murphy often says that he wishes that more insurance companies would cover INR testing machines.

I've given him copies of threads from here, articles from the internet, a copy of the algorithm dosing chart (his clinic uses a different one). I've gone to him for 20-25 years, so he knows me very well.

There are many articles on the benefits of home-testing and self-adjusting that you can print out to show your doctor. It appears to be the norm in Europe. In the U.S., the FDA, insurance companies and doctors are foot-dragging.
 
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Hi,
Thanks so much for the referenece to Discovery Health. I just watched all four units, and even got CME credit (including certificate) for it (I am a physician). Was very educational and helpful. How much do the home units cost (approximately)? if you know.

Thanks again. Terry
 

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Terry -

Not having bought a new home unit, but having researched it a bit, and read many of the threads here, I believe the home units run anywhere from around $800 to as much as $1800 or more. I've seen how the price may be different if insurance is paying for the meter, or if the patient is paying out of pocket.

Meters are also available (possibly not entirely legally) on eBay. I just got one as is, without a charger, for $35. I had a charger that worked -- and this as is unit had an error when started. I saw another on eBay, and before bidding asked the seller if the meter worked the last time it was used. This seller didn't have the charger. This generous soul sent me the unit (I should have it tomorrow) at no charge -- he said that if it didn't work, there would be nothing lost. If it DOES work, I'll pay him something for it. My challenge is getting the testing supplies.

My point is that, although new meters, with warrantees and training are preferable - especially if the patient has insurance - there may be other ways to get the meters less expensively.

(I got the impression that the meter I'm getting for 'free' tomorrow belonged to a family member who died. The person had no use for the meter. If you have patients who have died, it may be a nice gesture for you to suggest they give the meter to someone who needs one but can't afford it, rather than just tossing it out or giving it to an 'heir' who has no use for it)

Mark

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Mark we really don't encourage anyone to use any source other then those legally certified to be selling the devices. It's your life your taking into your hands. Do you really want to trust it to a meter that may or may not work properly?
 

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Mark we really don't encourage anyone to use any source other then those legally certified to be selling the devices. It's your life your taking into your hands. Do you really want to trust it to a meter that may or may not work properly?
I agree. When you buy a meter from an Hemosense-, ProTime 3- or CoaguChek-authorized dealer, they'll stand behind problems with the unit.
 
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Thanks Catwoman ... I'm getting smarter on this subject by the day.

Dan.
 

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thank you for acess to this progam it was very informative I would really like to have a home testing monitor dont think medi-cal pays for it thank you christine
 

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Is anyone here doing home testing? I'd love to but my primary can't find enough excuses why I shouldn't...and their Lab uses the Roche unit!
Hi Roger, just found this site and I'm a home tester. Been doing it for almost 12 years. My surgeon threw some stats at me after surgery because he really wanted me to home test weekly rather than the once a month most GP's rely on. One was that my risk of complications, such as bleeding, clotting that could lead to strokes or MI was reduced quite a bit. I think the long term risk for monitoring once a month was 3-5% whereas weekly monitoring reduced the risk to under 2%. Something like 1.5%. Plan on living a long time so reducing my risk by half or better was a no-brainer.

BTW if my Doc had turned me down for a monitor, I'd have found a new Doc within the hour.

have fun
Herb
 

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I'd be curious to watch these videos if anyone knows how or where... The links above do work, however part one is still missing, seems best to watch that as a prerequisite if possible
 


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