Monday, April 04, 2016
When I got the mail today, I opened an invoice from the lab where we go for our bloodwork and was shocked to receive an invoice for over $400. It seems that Medicare denied pretty much all of the bloodwork our dr ordered for our annual physical. I could not believe they would not pay to check the cholesterol and triglyceride level on someone taking meds for both and meds for HBP. Then he had never checked my A1C but my fasting blood sugar was on the cusp of me being diabetic the previous visit so this time he wanted to check it to get a better idea of where I was but no, they didn't cover that either. I could understand not wanting to pay for my ferritin level but it too needs checked because my body doesn't always get rid of the iron and at one point it was thought I needed to have blood drawn to lower it. This can be very dangerous if left unchecked and I would think they would rather take care of things and be on top of a problem. It leaves me wondering why I am spending over $300 a month on medicare, a supplement and Part D coverage if nothing is covered anymore.
I did go in and talk to my dr's office manager and she is going to try resubmitting with some different codes but wasn't too confident the outcome would be any different! I will be using a different lab going forward that isn't nearly as expensive. I used them when I didn't have insurance.
So, I guess what I am trying to tell everyone is if you are on Medicare, check with your dr before submitting to a blood test. Know what your lab charges and find out if the test is essential. Everything is changing and it isn't for the better!