When you take into account "normal" testing" plus highs, lows, activity, basal testing, sickness...it's a wonder we don't run out more often!
For nearly a year, I bought extra strips on Amazon--those suckers are expensive! We'd go through one $50 tube in 5 days.
Thankfully, I've learned how to play the game.
If you have a newly diagnosed child, I hope these tips will help. I'll share 2 tips today and 2 more in my next post.
Some Tips To Help
Number One How the prescription is written can change everything. The wording is sometimes very important.
Example A When our prescrition was written for "300 strips per month," it caused problems with our mail order company. Our script must say "300 strips per month. Tests up to 10 times a day." If that "testing part" isn't in there, the mail order company balks and they delay.
Example B Matthew uses Omnipod and we never run out of pods. Why? Because of the way the prescription is written. Matthew changes his pod every 3 days. The prescription is written that he changes the pod every 2 days. We never run out of pods and it's a huge blessing.
Talk with your CDE about this if you're having trouble. They should be willing to help. And if you'e not getting the answers you need, ask another D-Mom for their input. Those who have been in the trenches longer really do understand the system and will happily share info.
Number Two Get a Quantity Override Form if necessary.
When Matthew was first diagnosed, the pharmacy told me "200 strips is all we can give you. Your insurance company won't let you have more." Wrong!
Yes, many insurance companies limit the number of test strips (or other items) that you can have each month, BUT in many cases, you can have your doctor's office fill out a Quantity Override Form to increase your monthly limit.
Once our CDE did that (she was happy to help!) and we got approved for 300 strips a month. (Of course, we still run out sometimes. My next post will cover that.)
One Note If you have a Quantity Override Form, find out how long it lasts. Our insurance company requires a new form each year, but I didn't realize that until the date passed. We had to wait weeks to go through the approval process again! Mark your calendar and get that form faxed in early so there's no lapse in supplies.
Need More Help?
Next week I'll share my number one tip for stockpiling.
It's the only reason I finally have extra boxes of strips in my cabinet.
Should You Stockpile Medical Supplies?
How to Stockpile Medical Supplies Part 2