People worldwide live with chronic pain either due to injury, illness or direct damage to the nervous system and is the leading cause for physician visits and medications in the United States (US). One in three Americans suffer from chronic pain. Back pain alone creates an annual cost of $20 billion in medical treatment and disability payouts. Often pain is an invisible, subjective symptoms that can take a huge physical, financial and emotional toll on the patient, as well as, family and friends. Unremitting pain can rob a person of the ability to enjoy life, maintain important relationships, fulfill spousal and parental responsibilities, perform well on the job or work at all. Chronic pain can also be financially draining, which can acerbate feelings of loss and actually increase the patient’s pain.
HOW SAFE ARE OVER THE COUNTER
In the February, 2014 issue of Consumer Reports – OnHealth reports on the dangers of taking over the counter, as well as prescription medication. According to OnHealth, in 20I2 the Food and Drug Administration proposed that labels on products containing acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, carry stronger warnings saying that the drug could cause severe liver damage if users exceed the recommended daily maximum dose. Even before that announcement, the maker of Tylenol reduced the maximum daily dose on Extra Strength TyIenoI to 3,000 milligrams from 4,000 milligrams, and increased the dose interval from 4 to 6 hours, amid reports of increases in accidental overdoses
Relieve Chronic Pain Without Drugs or Invasive Procedures
With Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS & PRO
The Tennant Biomodulator® PLUS and PRO are powerful, easy-to-use medical devices designed for deep stimulation for effective, long lasting pain relief. FDA accepted, these patent pending biofeedback, neuromodulation devices have been proven to alleviate muscle, tendon and ligament pain due to injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, carpal tunnel, sports injuries, phantom limb pain and Parkinson’s disease, just to name a few. Patients who consistently use the Biomodulator devices in their treatment improve range of motion, have faster healing times and dramatically reduce the dependency of drugs.
Potential Patient Benefits – PAIN RELIEF – TO HELP WITH PAIN MANAGEMENT
The Tennant Biomodulator is a Class II Medical Device. It is FDA accepted as a TENS device for pain and requires a prescription from a licensed medical professional. Although classified as a TENS, it uses a very different technology to address pain. While a standard TENS device masks the pain signal from the nerves to the brain and can actually inhibit the healing process, the Biomodulator uses microcurrent technology in a unique way that engages the body’s natural resources to assist the processes of pain management and rehabilitation, breaking the “pain cycle.” The Biomodulator therapy stimulates the body at the cellular level, restoring cellular metabolic activity in the area of treatment.
Although a prescription device for pain, Senergy Medical Group does not contract with any insurance carrier and would be considered “out-of-network” by your health plan. In some instances, depending on whether your health insurance provides “out-of-network” coverage or a “flex-out” plan, they may cover a portion of your purchase. Senergy Medical Group is a “sole-source provider” (meaning we are the exclusive distributor of the Biomodulator). In some instances, the insurance company may consider reimbursement as if we are “in-network”. Be sure to ask the insurance company about this.
Please note that Senergy does not file insurance paperwork or accept insurance assignments. You will have to initiate the pre--authorization process and submit your own claim. While some people have been successful in receiving some reimbursement for their device, it is rare. A TENS device is considered to be Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and may have different coverage under your insurance policy.
Your health insurance policy is a contract between your employer and the insurance company and terms of coverage and reimbursement are part of the contract. It is up to you to speak with your insurance company and find out what coverage is provided. You do however have the right to appeal any decision that is made by the insurance company, in the event of a denial of benefits. If this happens, you may wish to speak with a case manager, usually a nurse. They can gather additional information and present to a medical review board. Usually, once your appeal has gone through the various appeal layers, the final decision is made by the Medical Director.
The process can take 30 to 45 days and sometimes longer and requires persistent follow-up with your insurance company. Please note that your insurance company will not even consider reimbursement for anything other than a pain diagnosis. Most people choose to purchase their device regardless of whether insurance will reimburse.
To better assist you in communicating with your insurance company, we have prepared some information that may be helpful to you attached in the Insurance Information PDF which you may print for your use or you may contact Client Services for further information.