Lise, the machines are not covered by basic private insurance. But, the test strips should be. I would keep calling and talk to a supervisor and make her understand that it is basically the same as the diabetic test strips which they should cover too. If they dont cover diabetic equipment, then u may be up the creek.Bina did your insurance cover your machine also, I sent everything with a request to my insurance and it was denied.
My cardio's practice has one, and it's listed with many others at www.acforumorg --Does the USA have INR clinics ? In the U.K. at least with my clinic, we have a dedicated INR clinic with almost 300 patients on warfarin. At first I went to the doctor once a week and after stabilising I was transfered to the clinic and am tested every 2 weeks at present as my INR seems to be dropping with my increase in fitness, when stabilised I shall then be tested monthly. The clinic uses the pin prick tester but the doctor uses a blood sample, I don't know what the difference is. I don't know if there are any home testers in the U.K. and if there are how is the dose of warfarin altered without a prescription? I have seen the medication tables for warfarin and it does seem to be an inexact science.
You're absolutely right Bina! We do that!Lise, the machines are not covered by basic private insurance. But, the test strips should be. I would keep calling and talk to a supervisor and make her understand that it is basically the same as the diabetic test strips which they should cover too. If they dont cover diabetic equipment, then u may be up the creek.
The year I got my machine we also had enough other medical expenses to make it worthwhile to put it under Medical Expenses on the year end Income Tax form. Keep in mind that you may include most medical expenses for any 12 month period starting or ending in the tax year that you are filing for. Include the test strips if your insurance refuses to cover them.
Every two weeks while in range-2.5-3.5. If out of range and I have to change dose, every week tll I get back in. I am a valver but my wife Alice takes warfarin for a-fib and her range is 2.0-2.5. If she is "therapeutic", she tests every three weeks but like me tests weekly if she has to make a dose change. We manage our own doses with the " 10% rule". It works. Alice is required to call in results to her cardiology group. My PCP doesn't require call in. He does check my records and does an arm stick once a year.Just curious to know how often do you test?
Once a week since I been home testing. Before it was monthly. I like weekly much better. My cardiologist when we lived in TX required monthly test if I was in control, if out of control, test weekly or sooner until in control. After moving here the cardio wanted to test once ever 2 months... I said no! My third cardio likes home testing and dosing. :thumbup:Just curious to know how often do you test?