Skip to comments.U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions
Posted on 07/19/2014 5:33:03 AM PDT by Innovative
The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients from having access to medicine.
Under Medicare's Part A hospital program, hospices receive daily payments for each patient but are responsible for all drugs related to a patient's terminal illness. Medicare Part D covers only prescriptions and medications for curative conditions that are unrelated to a terminal illness.
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Initially obamacare rules denied ALL meds to those in hospices, now they revised their guidelines and are “only” denying pain medications
Related article on FR:
Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won’t pay for pain relief pills)
Medicare Seeks To Stop Overpayments For Hospice Patients’ Drugs
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“”Instead of leaving it to insurers and hospice providers to identify the drugs they are responsible for, the new rule sets up a process that requires Part D plans to reject initially any prescription from a hospice patient. The patient or doctor, with the hospice providers agreement, must explain to the insurer why the drug is not related to end-of-life care. The insurer may deny coverage for a number of reasons, including if the doctor or hospice did not explain sufficiently why the drug was unrelated to the terminal illness, Medicare officials told hospice organizations and insurers” “
I am a hospice nurse, and this Obamacare-inspired bullsqueeze has been a NIGHTMARE for everyone involved!
What a clumsy oaf is our current pResident Zero.
The evil man wants as much pain as possible when someone dies..I really hope OBAMA and his family and rest of the commies have a miserable time when it is over for them..
“What a clumsy oaf is our current pResident Zero.’
He may be, but those who pull his strings are evil and devious.
Well, well...... someone that knows through experience.
could you advise us about what in your opinion is really happening? Does it effect patients adversely
So first Øbama suggests one take the red pill instead of having the operation and then he turns around and denies coverage for the red pill. Those sons of, uh, sea cooks. Hey, maybe if they called it “birth control” he’d be handing them out in person.
“Does it effect patients adversely”
Are you for real?!!
What do you think denying patients their meds does?!
Perhaps nothing given the circumstances that meds are no longer effective
This is the slippery slope Sarah Palin warned us about and is already in operation in a country used as an example of what the libs want for us.
First it was kill the babies.
Now is it kill the old people too?
as my life declines
and my energies decrease,
more than ever hold me by Your Power,
that I may not offend You,
but daily increase in Your Love.
Give me strength to work in Your Service
till the last day of my life.
Help me to ever have
an increasing dread of venial sin,
or whatever would cause
the slightest withdrawal of Your love,
all day long,
and at night keep me close to Your Heart;
and should I die, ere the morning breaks,
may I go rejoicing in that vision
of Your entrancing beauty,
never to be separated from You.
A few more to add to your collection.
DOD MANDATE is forcing us to use either Base whose drugs are limited by size of base and is not wheel chair or handicap friendly or Express Scripts MANDATED Tricare Life. 4/14/14. Express Scripts is a sorry excuse of a provider. You never know if your order is right, what generic, what manufacture, they will over ride a DAW script at their whim or what country. All stuffed into your mail box UN PHOTO ID SIGNED FOR making them available to thieves and meth makers to steal. Or Neighborhood kids to access.
READ THE COMMENTS BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO ALLOW THEM ACCESS TO YOUR BANK OR CREDIT CARD INFO.
BECAUSE OF FED MAIL LAWS NARCOTICS CAN’T BE MAILED. I’d suggest Base use if at all possible. COUNT your pills too. Make SURE YOUR DAW is DAW, ES over rides doctor’s orders. Even if you use base dispensary CHECK before accepting, IF you must have a DAW drug.
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Same as giving them the WRONG one. We have seen this with Justina P, case, but there are OLDER ones than that. We had a kid at St Judes, that needed an experimental drug, the company denied it, it took a huge public out cry for them to reverse the decision. News report says He is doing very well and is ready to go home. He does have to have monthly check ups at St Judes for about a year. But the result was a success, and the little boy was not a death stat.
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OK, say I have a cancer patient: My company pays for pain meds, anxiety meds, constipation, fever..... you know - symptoms related to their terminal disease.
Soooo.... Most of my patients have issues OTHER than their terminal disease; say high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes. In many cases, folks have been on the correct medications for these conditions for decades!
All of a sudden, just because they were on Hospice, Medicare just decided they weren’t paying for these “other condition maintenance meds” any more. They did this overnight one night with NO prior warning to anybody.
What a mess. We were all jumping through hoops and layers of bureaucrats just to get meds for our patients!
Say you’re dying of cancer but have a few months left. You are trying to enjoy what time you have left with your family. All of a sudden, you can’t get your diabetes medication. Your blood sugar shoots up. When your sugar is up your immune system is compromised. You get pneumonia and die. The cause of death was pneumonia secondary to hyperglycemia; not cancer.
The bureaucrats killed one of my patients MONTHS before his time in just that fashion.
Thanks for sharing your experiences.
” You get pneumonia and die.” — this IS the objective. The sooner the patients die, the more money is saved, this is the objective of Obamacare. To think that many older people voted for him because they believed the lies Obama told them that Republicans are trying to take away their Medicare.
This needs to be publicized, people need to wise up, preferably before the next elections.
You mean like feeding a dead horse?
When your time comes, I think you’ll want the medications, and won’t consider them a waste.
Thanks, this explains an important point.
Sometimes, especially with out-patient hospice, it takes time for the terminal disease to run its course.
Thank you for that beautiful prayer.
There are only two ways you aren’t going to be adversely effected by the Demonic Party’s MarxistPOSCare - 1) By not getting sick or injured, and 2) by not getting old. Anybody that votes for a Demonic Party representative is either evil, ignorant beyond measure, or mentally ill...