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Does medicare part a cover cataract surgery?

Does medicare part a cover cataract surgery?

No: Medicare part b covers cataract surgery and follow-up care, while medicare part a covers hospital and long-term care. Patients who only have part a are not covered for cataract surgery, unless they have additional insurance from another company. ...Read more

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Dr. John Gore
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Medicare (Definition)

Medicare is a federal program that pays for certain health care expenses of individuals who are 65 years or older. It is divided into three parts, with Part A covering hospital bills, Part B covering doctor bills, and Part C providing the option to choose from a package of health care plans. Individuals who have Medicare ...Read more


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Do they use electroconvulsive therapy in a partial program at a hosp. is it part of the 12 step program?

Do they use electroconvulsive therapy   in a partial program at a hosp.  is it part of the 12 step program?

ECT: or electroconvulsive therapy is NOT part of 12 step programs. It may be done for inpatients and many facilities do it on outpatients. Informed consent must be given for this procedure -so it is never just part of a program. ...Read more

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Which individual health insurance plan cover acupuncture in state of california?

Which individual health insurance plan cover acupuncture in state of california?

Ask insurers: I can't advise a given plan because each insurer offers many different plans that cover different things. You should ask this question to the insurance companies. However, my experience is that a plan that covers acupuncture is likely to be very expensive. It may be cheaper to get a plan that covers major medical expenses and pay for acupuncture out-of-pocket! ...Read more

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Dental: Can a patient have a group PPO insurance plan and an individual dental discount plan for when the PPO plan is lacking coverage?

Dental: Can a patient have a group PPO insurance plan and an individual dental discount plan for when the PPO plan is lacking coverage?

Yes but...: First the office you go to would have to accept both plans. It also depends upon whether or not they are both for you, or you as a secondary on your spouse's plan. Furthermore, some insurance plans reduce the coverage by the amount another plan pays. You need to discuss this with both insurance plans and the office. I hope you seek quality dental care and not just consider out of pocket costs. ...Read more

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Advanced cardiac issues- how can a patient obtain treatment w/o health insurance or medicare coverage while waiting 2 yrs. For the ssi/cal program?

Advanced cardiac issues- how can a patient obtain treatment w/o health insurance or medicare coverage while waiting 2 yrs. For the ssi/cal program?

FQHC : Seek out a fqhc near you. Federally qualified health centers are the best places for uninsured or underinsured patients to recieve their care. ...Read more

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Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose- Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy Hydroxyurea Therapy When the therapy will be available?

Please advice about the following therapy for thalassemia purpose-

Bluebird Bio Gene Therapy
Hydroxyurea Therapy

When the therapy will be available?

Now: Hydroxurea is already available. I believe what you are inquiring about is gene therapy, inserting the normal beta globulin gene into someone with a hemoglobinopathy. This is currently in development and it is unclear when this, if ever, will be available outside a clinical trial. ...Read more

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Does medicare health plan work out of the us?

Does medicare health plan work out of the us?

No: Those that are eligible for mc are those that have worked in this country(or are a spouse) and paid into social security for over 11 years. Mc is a us product and not accepted by other countries. Those wit medicare advantage plans, may have coverage out of country, one must look a the coverage offered by the particular plan(like aarp). ...Read more

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What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?

This is a great: Question and ive tried to do some searching to give a concise answer but i cannot find a study that isolates this data. If you go to cms website and drill down to search the term dme http://www.Cms.Gov/site-search/search-results.Html?Q=dme you see how hard it is to give a quick answer, ( have you read an article in hfn or elsewhere that gives this data? If so please share. ...Read more

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Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Will all occupational therapy programs become doctorates like PT programs did?

Not sure: But I found a good link on the internet that might have the answers you are looking for. AOTA The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. . Check it out. ...Read more

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When is an injured worker entitled to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits?

When is an injured worker entitled to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits?

See explanation: You served on or after september 16, 1940 and •your service-connected disabilities (scd) are rated at least 20% disabling by va and •you need vocational rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap and • it has been less than 12 years since va notified you of your qualified scd. ...Read more

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Will insurance cover the medications surrounding my learning disorder?

Will insurance cover the medications surrounding my learning disorder?

Check with Insurance: The brief answer is that your insurance benefit would possibly cover your medication use, but you would need to check your specific medications with your prescription drug benefit. I am not aware of medications being used specfically for learning disorders, so you might have been prescribed meds for symptoms that have an impact on your learning - for example, meds for adhd. ...Read more

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Stem cell therapy, is it approve in the u.S?

Stem cell therapy, is it approve in the u.S?

Stem cell therapy: It involves the use of stem or pluripotent cells that, under the proper triggers, can grow into many different cell types. Stem cells are transplanted to replace damaged cells or tissues in the body that are unable to heal themselves. While this type of therapy does offer hope, it is mostly investigational at this time and very few stem cell therapies have been proven to be both safe and effective. ...Read more

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Is the hepatitis b vaccine effective for life?

Is the hepatitis b vaccine effective for life?

Maybe not: The Hepatitis B Vaccine is 2-3 shots. Some people may have protective antibodies for life, but many people's antibodies decrease as time goes by. Any person at high risk of contact with blood should get his antibody level checked, and get booster shots if his level is low. High risk persons include anyone with a household member who carries hepatitis b, healthcare workers, first responders, etc... ...Read more

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What are the 13 indications approved by medicare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

All 13?: There may not be enough space to answer your question, but i'll try: 1. Diabetic foot ulcers, after 30+ days of std wound care. 2. Chronic refractory osteomyelitis 3. Radiation skin or soft tissue injuries 4. Actinomycosis 5. Crush injuries and acute traumatic ischemic limbs 6. Necrotizing skin / soft tissue infections 7. Air embolism 8. Decompression sickness.. Oops, i'm out of space, sry. ...Read more

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What is the cost of medical oncology palliative radiation and is it covered by medicare ?

What is the cost of medical oncology palliative radiation and is it covered by medicare ?

About $3000: Medical oncology is for chemo; not radiation. 2 week course of palliative radiation is about $3000 and is almost always covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Yes: Cell therapy generally involves stem or pluripotent cells that have the potential, under the right triggers, to grow into many different types of cells. These cells are then transplanted to an area of disease. Gene therapy generally involves replacing small dysfunctional segments of dna. Dna is present in almost every cell in our body and is the instruction manual that tells the cell what to do. ...Read more

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Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma? Is it a fully approved treatment yet? Thanks

Is adoptive cell therapy successful against melanoma?  Is it a fully approved treatment yet?  Thanks

Yes: It has been used successfully in advanced solid tumors such as melanoma. As tor the long term success or whether it is always successful I don't have that answer. Good luck ...Read more

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How is counseling part of a drug rehab program?

How is counseling part of a drug rehab program?

Big part: Counseling is very helpful in drug rehab. With one on one therapy and even with group therapy it can enable the person who is addicted to recognize certain behavior patterns that are associated with repeated drug use and can suggest alterative behavior patterns to break this cycle. ...Read more

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What are the current thoughts on phage therapy in the american medical mainstream? Will phage therapies be important parts of future trtmnt. Strats?

What are the current thoughts on phage therapy in the american medical mainstream? Will phage therapies be important parts of future trtmnt. Strats?

Under Study: Phage therapy is in phase 1 and 2 trials and in use in non-human applications. It is possible that it may be available in the future, but the two major hurdles that i see would be: 1) it is hard to patent living organisms, so it would be hard for companies to make money and 2) most uses require a combination of bacteriophage and the fda may have issues with that. Even so, cure rates are 50%. ...Read more