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Old 01-12-2016, 11:47 AM   #21
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Thanks, sunset. DH isn't diabetic. They did a scan of his arteries and found some poor circulation but not enough to insert stents. He's sticking with the treatments. We want to go to Iceland again this year and a peg leg would definitely hamper his mobility!
The diabetes has the effect of causing poor circulation in small blood vessels, which is why gangrene can set in the toes, fingers of diabetics.

Knowing your DH has poor circulation will be something to watch as you know.

The main point I failed to make earlier is that persistent sores that don't heal quickly allow the bacteria that causes flesh eating disease to get into the body which is incredibly dangerous and stubborn to treat, resulting in rapid drastic measures.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:45 PM   #22
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The main point I failed to make earlier is that persistent sores that don't heal quickly allow the bacteria that causes flesh eating disease to get into the body which is incredibly dangerous and stubborn to treat, resulting in rapid drastic measures.
Thanks for the warning, which I've passed on to DH. He's not a drama queen about his aches and pains, which is generally a good trait, but now I shudder at how long it took for him to even mention it to me, let alone seek treatment. We'll know better next time!
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Update: all is well. I finally got a human to look into it after faxing her two of the bills that concerned me. (Same day, same treatment code, one for $225 and one for $670).


They do have an affiliate in FL and they use the same billing vendor, which explains why the FL header. Subsequent bills have been on the local hospital's header only. The difference between the two bills is that $670 is the hospital's facility charges and the $225 is the physician's charges. She showed me where to find it in the "Provider Street Address" box on the Medicare claim documents I'd sent. One showed the doctor's name, one showed the hospital name.


I'm still glad I persisted. It's good for them to know someone is actually drilling into the detail behind their cryptic bills.
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