Let's Talk: Profile: Julie Fetch
Since her diagnosis of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) 14 years ago, Julie Fetch has gone from frustrated patient to hands-on political advocate. In 2010, Fetch and several other patients met with legislators in Washington, D.C., a move that led to the sponsorship of House Bill HR 2002, the Medicare Patient IVIG Access Act. This April, Fetch was in D.C. again, speaking out regarding the Medicare Part B cost-cutting proposal that could adversely impact patients’ access to lifesaving and life-enhancing Medicare Part B-covered therapies such as intravenous immune globulin (IVIG).
Chronic illness often comes with a host of other debilitating health issues, including chronic pain and fatigue. Unfortunately, those living the vicious cycle — treatment options designed to make them feel better that, instead, produce side effects making them feel worse — know that finding a regimen that actually works requires constant trial and error. Enter the role of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
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Reader: Will Medicare Part A and Part B cover IVIG therapy costs?
Leslie: Medicare Part B does pay for IVIG administration in either a physician’s office or a hospital outpatient infusion center. Coverage is based on meeting the criteria outlined in a published LCD (local coverage determination). As long as the clinical documentation from a physician supports the LCD criteria, Medicare Part B will pay for 80 percent of the cost, with the patient being responsible for the...
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Bob Geng, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of California, San Diego
Erika Lawrence, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Iowa
Todd Levine, MD
Director, Department of Neurophysiology Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology University of Arizona
Co-founder of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation
Marc Riedl, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology University of California, San Diego
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