RE: O/T: Senior Citizen

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Lew ------------------------------------------------------------- A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.
'Is it true,' she wanted to know, 'that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?'
'Yes, I'm afraid so,' the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied,
I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'.'
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On 5/19/2015 7:12 PM, Lew Hodgett wrote:

More than a joke, but reality.
Continually have to stay ahead of the curve by making sure the necessary VA PCP appointment necessary to renew a needed prescription is planned well in advance of "Refill 4 of 4".
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On 5/20/2015 5:30 AM, Swingman wrote:

No friggin kidding. Thank you Obama. For the rest of my life I have to see a retina specialists every 6 months. I have to get a frigging referral every 6 months from my primary physician every time. And then the insurance company takes 3~10 days to pass that referral on to the specialist.
I have given up on mail order prescriptions. They at one time worked flawlessly, but now when they screw up it never gets fixed.
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I've been taking a certain medication for years. Refills were routinely pr escribed by my doc, filled by the pharmacy and paid by insurance (less co-p ay). This year, the insurer demanded "prior authorization" which means the doc has to demonstrate the medical necessity for the drug in order to meet the insurer's guidelines. I started this process in January and still don 't have the drug.
Larry
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

---------------------------------------------------- "Leon" wrote:

-------------------------------------------------- Your problem is with your insurance carrier not Obama.
It is a total PITA, but that's what happens when politicians and bean counters get involved.
Additionally, if you need a narcotic prescription, Congress has made getting it a total PITA.
No more electronic ordering by the doctor on the drug store.
You have to physically go to the doctor's office, pick up a paper copy of the prescription(s), sign the log you have picked it up, then take the paper prescription(s) to the drug store to be filled.
The person whose name appears on the prescription(s) has to do this, not a relative or friend.
Forget mail order for a narcotic drug.
As it was explained to me, this procedure is supposed to cut down on illegal drug trafficking.
Typical Congressional screw up IMHO.
Lew
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On 5/20/2015 7:28 PM, Lew Hodgett wrote:

Not completely true, but close. I've taken prescriptions for others (the paper copy) to the pharmacy and picked up the drugs too. I did have to give an ID
Maybe I just have a sweet Angelic look about me that they trusted me.
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On 5/21/2015 10:26 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Yeah, I picked up prescriptions for my wife, son, dad, all the time. The any number of pharmacies only asks for the DOB of the person that is getting the prescription.
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@swbelldotnet says...

And how many of those prescriptions were for Schedule II Controlled Substances?
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On Wed, 20 May 2015 16:28:43 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"
<snip> >Additionally, if you need a narcotic prescription,

They just recently changed the NY State law to again allow a doctor to fax a script for a controlled medication to a drug store. I guess the law makers finally realized what a pain in the butt the old law was.
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On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:30:40 AM UTC-4, Swingman wrote:

Swingman,
Have you tried https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/anonymous.portal?_nfpb=true&_nfto lse&_pageLabel=mhvHome
Watch the wrap. It makes refilling an Rx a bit easier. You can have an "on-line" relationship with an NP and, sometimes (at least in my case) they will issue you a new Rx when the old one runs out.
Things are getting marginally better.
Bill Leonhardt
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On 5/22/2015 2:27 PM, Bill Leonhardt wrote:

Yes, was one of the first to sign up and do in-person authentication when the fired it up.
Do like the "secure messaging" aspect and have gotten pretty good service by using it.
The prescription refills are sooooo much easier, mainly due to information available, than the old phone system.
Also get good mileage out of the Blue Button with regard to access to test results, etc.
Now, if USPS would just deliver the refills properly ...
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On 05/22/2015 04:43 PM, Swingman wrote:

One of the many reasons I object to government involvement in things like healthcare and other such personal matters is that they cannot seem to get security right.
Go here, and type in www.myhealth.va.gov ...
https://dev.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
It takes a few minutes. When complete, click on either of the addresses to see the detail. The results are unimpressive - the government is well behind the security curve, but hey, it's just your personal information.
These tests have to do with the robustness of the encrypted connection between your personal computer and the website. The exposure here is someone being able to snoop into your connection and harvest personal info. How much exposure? I don't know, but there are fairly basic things that can be done to improve security considerably. But the same government that demands infinite access to the most personal details of your life cannot be bothered to engage in best practices for information security.
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