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Old 07-30-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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I was recently hit with a certified non-compliance letter from my home health agency for not taking my medication correctly and on time.

The only issue? THEY forgot to order my medication, THEY didn't send the prescription to the correct company and THEIR nurse kept canceling on me. They got both an earful and a certified letter documenting what happened and why. Now, they're trying to drop me as a patient because I'm 'difficult'.

If you're simply not taking meds that you have in front of you then that's an issue, but there are often other factors behind 'non compliance', like insurance companies or medical people simply covering their asses because they did something wrong and want to place the blame on someone else.
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:45 AM
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I was recently hit with a certified non-compliance letter from my home health agency for not taking my medication correctly and on time.

The only issue? THEY forgot to order my medication, THEY didn't send the prescription to the correct company and THEIR nurse kept canceling on me. They got both an earful and a certified letter documenting what happened and why. Now, they're trying to drop me as a patient because I'm 'difficult'.

If you're simply not taking meds that you have in front of you then that's an issue, but there are often other factors behind 'non compliance', like insurance companies or medical people simply covering their asses because they did something wrong and want to place the blame on someone else.
I was allowed to run out of meds which cannot be discontinued suddenly by a clinic in California. They were busy and I had refills. Appointment got cancelled and nobody called me and I showed up, but since I had refills I got an appointment next month. Then after missing three couldn't get more until I had an evaluation. And was told it was MY fault because I "missed" my appointments. Henseforth, I became "difficult" as when I ended up stop taking the meds, discovered that one was causeing me extreme munchie/sugar urges which were making me almost pass out and one was effecting my vision quite a bit. So when I saw the doctor it was with a list of stuff not to bother with perscribing because I was unwilling to tolerate the side effects.

Guess what? They didn't like it but they found something. Not their usual but it works. Running out was the best thing that could have happened. It showed me that doctors don't know all the effects and you have to watch out for yourself. Is it really non-compliance if the doctor refused to listen to your needs and problems and you fixed the situation by not listening to them?
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:48 AM
 
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I was recently hit with a certified non-compliance letter from my home health agency for not taking my medication correctly and on time.

The only issue? THEY forgot to order my medication, THEY didn't send the prescription to the correct company and THEIR nurse kept canceling on me. They got both an earful and a certified letter documenting what happened and why. Now, they're trying to drop me as a patient because I'm 'difficult'.

If you're simply not taking meds that you have in front of you then that's an issue, but there are often other factors behind 'non compliance', like insurance companies or medical people simply covering their asses because they did something wrong and want to place the blame on someone else.
Is this a workers' comp case?
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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I was allowed to run out of meds which cannot be discontinued suddenly by a clinic in California. They were busy and I had refills. Appointment got cancelled and nobody called me and I showed up, but since I had refills I got an appointment next month. Then after missing three couldn't get more until I had an evaluation. And was told it was MY fault because I "missed" my appointments. Henseforth, I became "difficult" as when I ended up stop taking the meds, discovered that one was causeing me extreme munchie/sugar urges which were making me almost pass out and one was effecting my vision quite a bit. So when I saw the doctor it was with a list of stuff not to bother with perscribing because I was unwilling to tolerate the side effects.

Guess what? They didn't like it but they found something. Not their usual but it works. Running out was the best thing that could have happened. It showed me that doctors don't know all the effects and you have to watch out for yourself. Is it really non-compliance if the doctor refused to listen to your needs and problems and you fixed the situation by not listening to them?
Unfortunately there's only one manufacturer for my medication so I'm kind of stuck. I did fight it though and got the 'non-compliance' taken off my 'record'.

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Is this a workers' comp case?
Nope. It's my regular medication that I've been taking for 14 years, and it's administered through an IV so I can't just pop a pill when I want to.
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