Medi-Cal and Ventilators

Thomas Cagle (nh-adapt@juno.com)
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 12:38:18 -0400


>Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 10:08:58 -0700 (PDT)
>From: PAUL KENNETH LONGMORE <longmore@sfsu.edu>
>Subject: Medi-Cal and Ventilators
>
>Colleagues:
>
>Medi-Cal has recently established a new requirement that anyone Medi-Cal
>recipient who uses a ventilator must undergo an arterial blood gasses
test
>to verify that that individual needs a ventilator.  This procedure is
not
>only invasive and excruciating, it is useless in determining that
someone
>who is already using a ventilator still needs one.  A regular ventilator
>user would have to discontinue using their vent for several days or a
week
>in order to obtain a blood gasses test out of the normal range.
>Discontinuing vent use would, of course, put them at risk.
>
>If you or someone you know has encountered this new policy, please have
>them and/or their physician contact me.  Please forward this message.
>
>Paul K. Longmore, Ph.D.  
>Associate Professor of History 
>and Director, Institute on Disability 
>San Francisco State University 
>1600 Holloway Avenue 
>San Francisco, CA 94132

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