If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, waddles like a duck …
Its not a cardiac event monitor - it is a mobile cardiac telemetry monitor.
Say what? I've been ordered to stop the coumadin and the accolate and scripted what I was told would be a 21 day cardiac event monitor. Yeah, right!!
I was told we'd go w/the e-Cardio since I liked e-Cardio's ER920W Cardiac Event Monitor so much better than the CardioNet thing that I hated.
Yeah, right! What arrived today was e-Cardio's Heartrack Ecat. Its not even featured on their website yet! It must be because I am so "mouthy" my cardiologist's office likes to use me as a guinea pig for the new "toys" on the market! *wicked grin*
I was quite excited when it arrived - at least at first. Still the same nice small box, no suitcase like CardioNet's - but - a monitor AND a "communicator" similar to the CardioNet.
But it all looks so much more simple and certainly less intimidating than that CardioNet suitcase. Anyway - the warning signals started blaring in my head - I got burned by CardioNet since my secondary insurance considered it experimental and wouldn't pay my Medicare copay to the sum of some $150.
So I called e-Cardio and told them I wouldn't activate it until I talked to my insurance tomorrow and why. Hey, they were great about it and told me to call the Billing Department between 9 AM and 6 PM EST tomorrow. So I'll need to get the billing code they are using and then spend the rest of the day on hold w/my secondary insurance. *sigh*
How come I can never do anything the easy way??? *sigh*
My COPD has really been kicking my bottom this past 10 days and the last 5 the old left chest pain is back (its chest muscle, not heart) and I have been so whipped out and tired and not sleeping for beans. I'm not looking forward to the phone marathon tomorrow.
My last appointment w/my pulmonologist I couldn't do the entire PFT test for the first time and was told I will no longer have to do one, from now on just the spirometry. But today while talking to his NP I was told when I see him next month I'l have to do a "walk test" (I sure as heck hope NOT the full six minute walk test - I'll never make it!!!). I'll be doing it so they can determine if my 02 needs have changed and I need an increase.
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