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    In NEED of acquiring some size 14 straight male caths!!

    So... Crap!... I am having trouble with my Cath supplier and Ins company and am quickly running out of caths. I also, put this off for to long and am starting to get a bit scared. I have an appointment with my urologist next week and should be able to get this resolved within a month. I am looking to get a whole months supply (160) or at least 2 weeks (80). They can be any type, Hyrdrophillic, Regular with gel packs, or kits, as long as they are size 14 straight and not expired and within a price range that I can afford. I can send payment for them and shipping through western union, or COD from UPS/fedex... I don't have a paypal set up but I suppose that I could set one up if need be. Or I have a bank account through Bank of America and I believe can transfer funds to others who also have BoA. Or, If you live close enough to Gainesville Fl, I can come pick them up. If anyone is interested in helping me out, Please PM me or reply here. I can give you my phone number through PM and we can talk about it, if you would like as well. OR, if anyone remembers seeing a recent post of someone trying to let some go, please give me a link to that thread. Thanks a lot in advance, I am hoping a CC brother can help a guy out.
    Has it been five years yet? ..........

    #2
    ALSO, If anyone knows of A national supplier of caths that covers the 20% that medicare does not pay, for low income individuals, could you please let me know. I had this set up with the same cath company for 10 years. Every year they would ask me to fill out a request form and I would answer it honestly. I never had a problem with them covering that 20%. Then, This year, I filled out the same form with the same answers as my income and living conditions have not changed. I was kind of shocked that they sent me back a letter saying that I was no longer eligible due to "changes in their requirements" then 2 days later I received my last shipment along with a bill for 75 bucks. I did mess up pretty badly by not calling them right away/yet to try and resolve the problem. I am going to call them within the next day or two to try and do this. However, I know that no matter what, they will not send me anything until I see my Urologist next week. As they want records within 6 months, and I have not seen mine for @ nine months. Anyway, again, If anyone has what I am in NEED of in the above post. Please send me a PM. Thanks.
    Has it been five years yet? ..........

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      #3
      national supplier of caths

      Originally posted by barondidit View Post
      ALSO, If anyone knows of A national supplier of caths that covers the 20% that medicare does not pay, for low income individuals, could you please let me know. I had this set up with the same cath company for 10 years. Every year they would ask me to fill out a request form and I would answer it honestly. I never had a problem with them covering that 20%. Then, This year, I filled out the same form with the same answers as my income and living conditions have not changed. I was kind of shocked that they sent me back a letter saying that I was no longer eligible due to "changes in their requirements" then 2 days later I received my last shipment along with a bill for 75 bucks. I did mess up pretty badly by not calling them right away/yet to try and resolve the problem. I am going to call them within the next day or two to try and do this. However, I know that no matter what, they will not send me anything until I see my Urologist next week. As they want records within 6 months, and I have not seen mine for @ nine months. Anyway, again, If anyone has what I am in NEED of in the above post. Please send me a PM. Thanks.
      Try www.180medical.com

      toll-free 1-877-688-2729
      I have been getting my supplies there for years and they
      accept Medicare as full payment.

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        #4
        I believe I have what you need. You have not said how much you can afford?
        I use Wilmington Medical Supply

        Catheters:
        Phone: (866) 708-2730


        Fax: (855) 899-0215

        They ship all over US to my knowledge and I fill out a form every year as well so there is no copay. If you have a debit card you can pay anyone that has a paypal account, you do not have to set up an account yourself I do not think. I have a paypal account and will check just to make sure. But let me know and will see if I can help you out. Mine are the closed system and are Hydrophilic they are 14FR straight with pre-lubricated introducer tip

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          #5
          djrolling, I am about to send you a pm
          Has it been five years yet? ..........

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            #6
            You know another alternative is re-using your caths. I use the same one for two weeks and then go to a new one. Its worked for me for years. My urologist told me its ridiculous to be using a new catheter every time and I agree. What a waste! Just an idea....

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              #7
              I use Summit Medical Supply they call every month to see if I need more dont know about medicare but they take my health insurance payment as payment in full

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                #8
                Originally posted by rcrumb View Post
                You know another alternative is re-using your caths. I use the same one for two weeks and then go to a new one. Its worked for me for years. My urologist told me its ridiculous to be using a new catheter every time and I agree. What a waste! Just an idea....
                I tried that for quite a while when I was first injured and had constant uti's once my urologist switched me to the closed system I have not had a uti since

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rcrumb View Post
                  You know another alternative is re-using your caths. I use the same one for two weeks and then go to a new one. Its worked for me for years. My urologist told me its ridiculous to be using a new catheter every time and I agree. What a waste! Just an idea....
                  Years ago, this was standard of practice, but about 2008 the policy of Medicare, the VA, and other insurances requiring reuse of catheters was challenged legally, based on labeling of the catheters by the vendors as "For single use only" and that this labeling was part of the FDA approval of the catheters. Medicare changed that requirement then, as did the VA, and most other insurers followed along. So you can certainly choose to reuse catheters, but your provider (and insurer) should not be requiring you to do so.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    Thanks Guys, I have found a couple people to help me out until I can get all this Ins./ cath provider stuff figured out. rcrumb: It was gonna come to that soon. I remember, years back, when medicare changed the rules and would only pay for 4 catheters a month!! I was so pissed (literally, haha) I would wash them very well, put them in new brown bags to dry every time AND I started getting UTI's for the first time. I couldn't believe they wanted us to do this. I mean, Is it not supposed to be as sterile of a process as possible? I can't believe your Urologist is telling you its a waste of caths. Also, the only type I have are the hydrophillic kind and I don't know if they can be washed and reused. I bet a lot of people got bad UTI's when medicare changed those rules/ they probably got sued, cause they changed the rules back within about 1 year.
                    Has it been five years yet? ..........

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                      #11
                      Also, Thanks to all who have referred me to different companies, (a lot of people seem to use Summit) I am gonna call them all after my Urology appt next week. Really, thanks a lot!. Have a great night everyone!
                      Has it been five years yet? ..........

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                        #12
                        Actually the original Medicare rule was 4 catheters/month (VA as well) and requiring cleaning and reuse. That was the case since the 1970s when I first started working in the SCI field. The rule was only changed once since then...in 2009 when the change was to no reuse, and up to 180 catheters per month for straight caths.

                        You should not try to reuse hydrophilic catheters.

                        There is actually not good evidence that sterile vs. clean self intermittent catheterization has a lower statistically rate of UTIs; with the caveat that the cleaning needs to be done properly, and that other aspects of bladder management are being done properly (ie, cathing often enough, not letting yourself get over-full, controlling excessively high bladder pressures, routine surveillance for stones, prostatitis, and other factors that can cause UTIs, etc.).

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          Huh....? I wonder why after about 3 or 4 years of being injured my cath company told me that regulations had changed and medicare would only pay for 4 a month. Then about a year or so they let me know that medicare changed again and I could now get 160. I am not really challenging you, as you seem to be well informed, I just remember that year or so sucking. Honestly, It has been a long time, its possible that because I was getting UTI's medicare up'd my amount.
                          Has it been five years yet? ..........

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                            #14
                            I switched to hydrophillic catheters a few years ago and I love them. What I do is after every use I thoroughly wash them, and place them in my collection container. Then when I am ready to cath again, here 's a relatively new trick I have added and it works great. I add a little warm water to my collection container so the hydrophillic catheter is immersed. Then when I use it to cath, its not only wet, its warm too! I can't help but feel that my body appreciates a warm cath pushing in rather than the often cold dry ones.
                            As far as "sterile as possible" well we are all different in how our body reacts to things, but after that concept was hammered in my head in rehab it took me years to realize that my body is pretty used to its own germs, so a completely sterile process wasn't necessarily required to be "safe". Its more what your body tolerates. So.... yes in my mind a new catheter every time is not only a total waste (some folks may need that) but its a scam put on us by the medical industry to buy buy buy hundreds of catheters a month so they get their money. That's the biggest waste.
                            By the way my insurance company does not pay for catheters, I have to, so it was in my best interest to find cheaper ways to use catheters. I have been cathing for many many years so I have tried pretty much every scenario. I am very happy with what I have come up with in terms of re-using hydrophilic catheters. Everyone though is different so that may not work for you, but sometimes we can be led astray by scare tactics and "best practices" that may be unnecessary.

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