New Electronic Claim Filing System for SDI- Be Aware and Beware!

Effective March 1, 2013, claims may be filed online

The Employment Development Department (EDD) has implemented this new electronic claim filing system or SDI, called SDI Online. You can now process your claims conveniently and securely online.

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This was already a brand new feature in December of 2012 when my husband was hospitalized at Mercy General in Sacramento CA for a Quadruple Bypass Open Heart Surgery December 21st. The hospital staff referred us to the site to fill out the required information to begin my husband’s State Disability on December 26th when we completed the form. We were given a “Form Receipt Number” after registering to give to his doctor so that he could complete the Physician’s part of the form online. Since we didn’t see the doctor the day of my husbands discharge we were told to call the doctor at Sacramento Heart when my husband was released from the hospital to give them the Physician Receipt Number. He was released December 28th, 2012. We do so and make the call. They will not take the number over the phone, he has to bring it in. First stressor! My husband had an appointment already scheduled for January 4th, we would give it to them at that time. We did so! It’s important that I share with you part of this story because new people become eligible for State Disability for Family Medical Leave everyday. There are a number of reasons why a person becomes disabled for a period of time. Whether it be from something as seemingly simple as maternity leave to an emergency life saving surgery to a car accident and so forth filing the proper claim by both parties, patient and physician is needed for benefits to be approved and received.

The new online system was suppose to make filing simpler, with less hassle, and stress, making it a smoother process and overall transaction. It hasn’t been! 2 weeks after the December 4th appointment, we sign into EDD SDI online only to find “Pending Physician Form” Second stressor!

My husband has not had any income now for 44 days.

He begins making calls to his doctors office and speaking to the only person who apparently takes care of processing patients disability claims in that office. She will have absolutely nothing to do with filing his claim via the new online system. She claimed it was too much work and that it was only her there. There was no compromise! Third Stressor!

All this while my husband was also trying to recover from the painful surgery. She would have to create a “Physician/Practitioner’s User name and Password account and enter my husbands “Form Receipt Number”. Each new patient would only require her log in and enter their “form receipt number” and information. Nearly flawless! Or so it seemed. One really would think that she would want to get ahead of this now and learn it before she is slam dunked with all the new people who will be choosing to file this way or who may be required to do so. Finally she told us that we would have to use the paper form, bring it back in to them for them to fill out, sign, and fax to EDD. We asked if they had the form, she said no but we could get it online. Funny how she can refer us online for a form, but not deal at all with the form we filled out via online.

We located the form online, requested it and then had to wait for it to arrive in the mail. When the form came approximately 4 days later it asked if we had filed online and if so to add the “Form Receipt Number”, we did! We then had to take it back to Sacramento Heart to be filled out by the doctor.My husband returns home and we later find that the lady at the doctor’s office cannot fax it to EDD as she initially told him. He had to drive all the way back to retrieve the form and mail it in the envelope the form came in.

He should not even be doing all this driving back and forth yet. He’s still hurting from the surgery. We know he was put out of work for 6 months, but as of yet he has not received any State Disability Benefits. It is crucial that employees of medical facilities dealing with state disability claims be trained immediately to understand their part in the new online filing process. People rely on their benefits to keep a roof over their head and food to continue healing. If the person we spoke to would have only listened, she would have been taught. She would have learned from us and we would not be in further financial stress. My husband continued to try to explain the online process to her. Instead, she was rude and arrogant. She did not want to hear our problem, but made sure we knew hers. Very belittling. This is not a situation of a patient not filing a claim in a timely manner. It is technology moving forward and someone not wanting to have anything to do with it until they are forced to. Or perhaps even not being ready for it, but it’s here and it’s now.

So that there are no misunderstandings my husbands Cardiologist, Surgeon and Mercy General Hospital took care of him well in regards to the surgery and aftercare itself.

If we had known this new online system was not implemented to be a smooth transaction without errors, we would have opted for the paper form and snail mail way, but we did not!

Be aware and beware this process may not go as quickly as you may anticipate, we are still waiting.

Now with this specific Effective March 1, 2013 date, I hope that change is made right away…Otherwise more families will have to rely on the goodness and love of their Church for their Mortgage payment.

And just pray from there.

It is now February 12th, 2013.

Physician form is still pending.

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Sacramento Area to Offer Ketamine Treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Fibromyalgia Patients

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DeBruin Medical Center

9352 Madison Ave. Ste.1

Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 989-2929

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mark DeBruin of DeBruin Medical Center will soon be offering Ketamine Treatment to RSD/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients.

Dr. DeBruin uses the same protocol as Dr. Schwartzman and Dr. Getson to give his patients the best opportunity to achieve a remission. He also offers boosters and follow up medical care as needed.

The doctor is accepting Workman’s Compensation insurance, Personal Injury cases, and pre -approved insurance coverage. He will also be taking cash patients at $1000 per day.

Dr. DeBruin, a Diplomat of  the American Board of Family Medicine is a well respected physician who has practiced medicine for over 18 years.

He completed his medical school training and Internship at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and his residency in Family Medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California in 1990.

Upon receiving his board certification in Family Medicine, Dr. DeBruin opened his private practice on 9352 Madison Ave. Ste.1 where he still resides today.

Since this new clinic is still forming you may not find much information on it yet as it is still in it’s infancy, but rest assured  IV-Infusion therapy with a Ketamine cocktail is finally here in the Sacramento CA area.

We have waited a very long time for a clinic to reach the Greater Sacramento Area and it is with my hope that 1000’s of fellow patients receive the relief in pain levels they so desperately deserve.

Like any intervention we have to play a major role in our own recovery and perhaps in our own remission. The Ketamine and doctor will be our tools, our boosts, our helpers, that help we’ve longed for, but we will have to get up and move with it afterward, change the sedentary lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to due to our chronic pain and disabilities and take advantage of the success!

“Yours, if you choose to accept it” ~Barby Ingle

The process of getting the treatment will not happen over night. One must have patience. Last month became 12 years since the injury that caused my RSD. I’ve also experienced Fibromyalgia for the last 10. If it takes another 3 or even 6 months, I still truly have something to look forward to.

My process for the treatment has begun and I look forward to a “Remission Possible” ~Barby Ingle

It was my experience that I would be responsible for getting my treating doctor to order the heart, Psychological clearance, lung clearance and blood tests required to go forward with my Ketamine treatment with Dr. DeBruin.

Dr. DeBruin has made arrangements with hotels near his medical center for patients and families to stay at a remarkably reduced price. Please speak with his office staff for details.

I will continue to update you with more information as it shared with me by my source.

For further information about the Ketamine Treatment, please contact barby@powerofpain.org or call 480-882-1342 at the Power of Pain Foundation

Or if I can be of any assistance myself  Twinkle CAAmbassador@powerofpain.org

Living with HOPE Radio Show Now A “Featured Host” On BlogTalk

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I am absolutely thrilled to announce that  The Body, Mind and Spirit Network is now a Featured Host on Blogtalk Radio! This includes the popular Living with HOPE Radio Show sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation.

Living with HOPE began in 2007 under the original title Living with RSD. It was Trudy’s hope to learn more information about her own health issue, the debilitating and painful illness RSD/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and with that a show was born. She interviews doctors, therapists and patients; both traditional and more recently alternative practitioners with expertise that runs from prevention to cutting edge technology.

Trudy strives to empower, inform and educate her listeners with information that may not be readily available in their local area. Through the power of the internet she has the ability to communicate with and speak to some of the most knowledgeable doctors and researchers in the world.

Guests/Interviewee’s have included: Physicians, Counselors, Spiritual Healers, Psychologists, Alternative and Homeopathic Healers, Medical Authors, Biographers Researchers, Clinical Trial Physicians, and many more.

Some Topics have included: Meditation, Biofeedback, Guided imagery, Relaxation techniques, Breathing exercises, Holistic healing, Coping strategies, Distraction, Depression, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), Pain Management, Medications, Chronic Pain Treatments, Ketamine, Calmare (Scrambler Therapy), Mirror  therapy (Mirror Box), DMSO, Low Light Laser Treatment Therapy (LLLT), Functional Restoration, IVIG, Neuropathies, RSD/CRPS, Neuro Inflammatory Disease (NID) and much more.

Listeners are encouraged to call in to ask questions of the guests during the show 1-347-884-9691, and if you miss the show you can listen later by clicking on the play button or downloading the shows archive. If you are on the go, you can call into the show through your home phone or cell phone at the above number and listen live. To speak with the host or ask the guest a question press 1, you can still listen to the show while waiting to go on the air, don’t hang up! Your questions and comments are important! A chat room is also available during the live show.

Living With Hope is broadcast live on Monday’s 4:00 p.m pacific and Friday’s 9:oo a.m pacific.

You can post your questions in the chat room to be answered on air. If the time is not convenient to stop by the live shows, you can listen to the archives at any time on the radio page.

Savy Seniors, Trudy’s newest show is live on Wednesdays 3:00 p.m PST. with co-host, Sharon Rowell covering all the latest news about health, medicine, safety, caretaking and programs that are available to help seniors live a fun, productive and long life.

And, for fun of course Trudy does a Saturday show, 3:00 p.m PST,  with readings from spirit given by Seers of the Soul and lots of fun music from the 50’s-80’s. Oldies but goodies.

If you are interested in being a guest on any of these shows, please email Trudy at goldfield_nv@hotmail.com.

Living with HOPE is Sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation

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We hope to see you there!