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Erase My Back Pain

by princy william (2019-05-15)

If you ever purchase a portable Erase My Back Pain tens or interferential pain machine out of pocket, that might produce the effect of not having the supplies such as tens electrodes, batteries, tens replacement cables, rechargers, AC adaptors, not covered as there would be no record of the insurance company ever purchasing the unit therefore there will be no coverage for the tens supplies needed to maintain continual operation. There is no way that that could be a good thing. It could be enough reason for avoiding doing it at all. The cost of ancillary supplies for chronic pain such as Tiger Balm patches, arnica patches, Sombra, BioFreeze, FlexAll, DMSO are not covered. Those supplies are generally covered by insurance, including Medicare and some state agencies such as Medicaid, that are used for the condition the interferential or tens pain machine was prescribed for. This would also include skin care products in case the adhering electrodes cause some minor skin irritation to the patient. The company that many insurance companies purchase from, especially Medicare and the state funds such as Medicaid, have to be ACHC accredited. This means the companies have paid for, and been thoroughly inspected and accredited on issues such as patient privacy, patient rights, good manufacturing processes, compliance with regulations, and inspected to see that customer complaints and needs are adequately resolved. If the company is not accredited, or loses it's accreditation, then Medicare and many other insurance companies will not approve any purchases from that company. The last valid reason to avoid out of pocket payment for the pain machines is you are literally "double paying" for benefits already paid for. Also the cost of the tens unit is really not the cost of the unit itself, but the cost of the supplies needed, and one forgoes the benefits of the tens accessories and skin cream products in the future. That out of pocket cost can be many times over the cost of the original unit. With tens and the possibility of constant use, versus interferential with short 20 - 40 minute treatments often weekly or every 2-4 weeks, the electrode costs alone can be exorbitant.