RE: Response to Your January 12, 2015 Email

From: Herbert Stein [mailto:fabrik@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 6:33 PM
To: ‘Turner, Courtney (CMS/OHI)’
Cc: ‘Burwell, Sylvia M. (HHS/OS)’; ‘Cavanaugh, Sean (CMS/CM)’
Subject: RE: Response to Your January 12, 2015 Email

Dear Courtney,

Thank you as always for responding to my communications.  I am tardy in reply to you as we were away cruising and just returned home today.

I have been carefully following the DAB website for any announcement relating to their recent decision on VNS Therapy for Depression.  I was just trying to touch all bases in the event I may have missed and/or overlooked any issuance of a formal document.

I am, as you know, also very disappointed in that once again any wording that I’ve read so far does not encompass all the patients implanted prior to May 4, 2007.  What I’ve read appears to leave out the patients that were previously covered by private insurers (i.e. United Healthcare) who wish to continue with the therapy and that again are a moral and unconscionable oversight on the part of DAB and our voluminous government agencies.  It is as if our government bureaucracy can’t get anything right on the first go-round or the second for that matter.

As always, I wish to thank you for your outstanding efforts and help on behalf of Joyce and the other VNS patients formerly suffering Major Depressive Disorder who have been able to obtain replacement devices and care so that they may continue enjoying lives either free of depression or greatly improved mental state.

Sincerely,

Herb

Joyce and Herbert Stein

1008 Trailmore Lane

Weston, FL 33326-2816

(954) 349-8733

vnsdepression@gmail.com

http://www.vnstherapy-herb.blogspot.com

http://www.vnstherapy.wordpress.com

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From: Turner, Courtney (CMS/OHI) [mailto:Courtney.Turner@cms.hhs.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:23 AM
To: Herbert Stein
Cc: Burwell, Sylvia M. (HHS/OS); Cavanaugh, Sean (CMS/CM)
Subject: Response to Your January 12, 2015 Email

Good Morning Mr. Stein,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a nice holiday season.

Thank you for your below inquiry.  I apologize for the delayed response.  Please see the attached letter regarding your concern.

Sincerely,

Courtney

Courtney S. Turner, MPH

Office of Hearings and Inquiries

Medicare Ombudsman Group

Division of Medicare Ombudsman Assistance

Office: 410-786-4593

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From: Herbert Stein [mailto:fabrik@bellsouth.net]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 1:47 PM
To: Turner, Courtney (CMS/OHI)
Cc: Burwell, Sylvia M. (HHS/OS); Cavanaugh, Sean (CMS/CM)
Subject: “A decision from the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) of the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Dear Courtney,

We wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

I would appreciate if you could help me by sending to me a copy of the document of the recent DAB decision relating to VNS Therapy or if you could cite a link containing the decision for me to download.  To date I have been unable to find the information and/or document.

The only indication of the decision is contained in the press release from Cyberonics.

As always, thank you on behalf of Joyce and the other patients for the help and the compassion you’ve shown too many of us in desperate need.  What is now left for me to accomplish is to obtain and correct the continuing oversight and denial by the insurance carriers for their private pay patients who wish to continue with the VNS Therapy for Depression who were also implanted prior to May 4, 2007.

Sincerely,

Herb

Joyce and Herbert Stein

1008 Trailmore Lane

Weston, FL 33326-2816

(954) 349-8733

vnsdepression@gmail.com

http://www.vnstherapy-herb.blogspot.com

http://www.vnstherapy.wordpress.com

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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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