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Old 11-17-2019, 07:20 AM   #1
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Where to get Remicade/Infusion treatments

We are on Medicare Part B so infusions are covered, but probably not at those stand alone, spa-like clinics. Our plan also allows us to be seen anywhere in the country.

My husband needs an infusion every 8 weeks. His regular doctor can write the orders and communicate with other docs around the country.

But, we are finding other docs want to see my DH before they will administer an infusion and their schedules, for new patients, are always months out. Then, the infusion has to be scheduled so we have to make a return trip.

The hospitals we checked are the same. You have to be under one of their docs care first. And, the docs often want an annual visit, even though our hometown doc sees my husband every year...at least for all the meds and testing needed for Crohnes disease.

We want to spend about 5 months in the south, exploring. Our current plan is to find a gastroenterologist in a central location and set up the new patient visit. Then, travel back every 8 weeks for the infusions.

We would prefer to find docs all over the south who will just administer the treatment on the say so of our regular doc. Our regular doc hasn't been able to help us find those places.

Is that a hopeless dream?! Many people get all kinds of infusions. We would be grateful if you could tell us how it works for you!

BTW, we can do these as an in home treatment. Husband has had reactions and Medicare doesn't cover this as a home therapy.

Thank you!
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Old 11-19-2019, 08:04 AM   #2
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Thanks to the one person who sent pm.

I found many places in Fl that do infusions, and that take Medicare Part B. It works better to search for them in a specific city.

The ones I spoke to, do require an initial visit so a doc can be sure they have all your specifics. The infusion can usually be scheduled a day or two later. Once you have had this initial visit, according to the ones I spoke to, you only need to return for the actual infusions. Even if they want a doc to see you once each year, it is still worth it. They also said they work with your hometown doc to get all the necessary info on your history, etc.

If you have an advantage plan...privatized health coverage...you may have to jump through a lot of hoops. Especially if they don't let you go out of network!

Our Medicare part b pays 80 percent and our Medigap pays the remaining 20 percent. We do have a $40 copays for each visit to a specialist. With Crohns, the annual deductible is satisfied within the first month or two of the plan year no matter where we are.

I hope this helps others who need infusions of any kind.
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I'm glad a forum member was able to help you. I hope it all works out smoothly for you.
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I see this is from 2019. We are starting to plan to be permanent rv life’s this summer 2023. I too have Crohns for 10 years and revive infusions every 6 weeks. I’m on Medicare with BCBS plan F. When we traveled last year I had to get back to Arizona within 8 weeks longest I could go without infusion. Have you found other places that will give the infusions or do you just go back to Florida to get them . My husband thought maybe I could fly back to Arizona to get it. I asked if they could electronically send my prescription to another hospital but they said no. Do you know anything about giving yourself a home infusion? Thanks if you still on here and contact me. My email is margeberrie&yahoo.com
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I see this is from 2019. We are starting to plan to be permanent rv life’s this summer 2023. I too have Crohns for 10 years and revive infusions every 6 weeks. I’m on Medicare with BCBS plan F. When we traveled last year I had to get back to Arizona within 8 weeks longest I could go without infusion. Have you found other places that will give the infusions or do you just go back to Florida to get them . My husband thought maybe I could fly back to Arizona to get it. I asked if they could electronically send my prescription to another hospital but they said no. Do you know anything about giving yourself a home infusion? Thanks if you still on here and contact me. My email is margeberrie&yahoo.com
Have you looked into Mayo Clinic? They allow treatments (Infusions) at other Mayo clinic locations.
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