“there is a major case happening within HHS/CMS regarding VNS Therapy for Depression”

From: Herbert Stein [mailto:fabrik@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:06 PM
To: Courtney Turner
Subject: Follow-Up To Your Voicemail (11/24)

Dear Courtney,

I wish you and your family a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving and as always thank you for the courtesy of your prompt replies.

For some time now I’ve sensed there is a major case happening within HHS/CMS regarding VNS Therapy for Depression.  It wasn’t until just recently that I was able to pin down the case without being able to obtain additional pertinent information.  What I found is the following:



I was wondering whether you could direct me to some Internet link and/or if you could explain as well as elaborate upon the aforementioned NCD Number and Board Docket Number as to the participants and the nature of this legal action.  Normally in a legal action one is able to research the docket number and read the nature of the plaintiff’s complaint/action.

At the moment, I’m stymied.

As always, thank you for the important help you’ve lent to some of these seriously ill patients who are most importantly continuing to do well through you’re assistance in obtaining replacement devices.



Joyce and Herbert Stein

1008 Trailmore Lane

Weston, FL 33326-2816

(954) 349-8733







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From: Turner, Courtney (CMS/OHI) [mailto:Courtney.Turner@cms.hhs.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:19 PM
To: Herbert Stein
Cc: Turner, Courtney (CMS/OHI)
Subject: Follow-Up To Your Voicemail (11/24)

Good Afternoon Mr. Stein,

I hope this e-mail finds you well.

I received your voicemail this morning. I apologize for not being able to call.  This is a short week and lots of activity is going on in the office. Everyone working to complete assignment and assist beneficiaries prior to the holiday. Unfortunately, I will not have the opportunity to return your call. However, I did want to reach out and ask you if you could send me your question via e-mail? This way, I can read, work and respond faster to your inquiry.

If I don’t hear from you prior to the holiday, have a great Thanksgiving. J



About vnstherapy

I'm a very, very long-time support person and health care and mental health advocate/activist for my spouse Joyce as well as to others. I'm also a retired business executive and former Board Member, President and facilitator of a local chapter of DBSA as well as a Florida State appointment as a Guardian Advocate. I do not endorse, promote or advertise for any therapy, product or company. I do share our personal experiences, my research and knowledge in the hope it might benefit someone or do I give advice as to what one should or shouldn't do. I extend my best wishes for wellness to one and all and all the good you’d wish for yourselves.
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