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Archive for May, 2020

Most of us are caregivers during our lifetime for children, parents, other family members, or friends.

NOF has recorded an interview with Amy Goyer, author of “Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving”.  Amy is the AARP family and caregiving expert consultant and speaker.  Go to: https://www.bonetalk.org/podcast-episodes/2019/perspectives-on-caregiving .

Jay Ginther, MD

Medicare covers DXA under most circumstances.  To learn specifically how to qualify under Medicare guidelines go to: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/bone-mass-measurements

Most private insurance also covers DXA/VFA.  Citing the correct qualifications is more complicated and varies from company to company, but most individuals do qualify if the DXA facility works hard enough.

At Cedar Valley Bone Health Institute of Iowa, we take responsibility for obtaining insurance coverage for DXA/VFA provided the patient has valid health insurance coverage and has not had a previous DXA within 1 year.  Even if both hose criteria are not met, we often can avoid charging the patient for the cost of DXA/VFA.

Jay Ginther, MD

The NOF Ambassadors Leadership Council includes individuals who identify specific areas in which they can help others within the limits of their expertise and time.  I recognize many of the names.  Medical expertise, business acumen, philanthropic ties, evangelism about bone health are all needed.

Go to https://www.nof.org/news-events/advocacy/ambassadors-leadership-council/ for a state by state list of current members.  In Iowa 2 of 4 are also founding members of the Iowa Bone Club.

Jay Ginther, MD

All of us will die some day.  Many of us will not be able to fully express our wishes in our last days.  How do we want to spend our last days?  How do our parents want to spend their last days if they cannot speak for themselves at that time?

NOF has a brief video about deciding ahead of time who will speak for you if you cannot.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTxv-20ULwQ&feature=youtu.be .

Much better is the next video – a TED talk by Ellen Goodman at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbWcLYOniWU about The Conversation Project.  Talk about end of life care.  What YOU want to happen.

Given our medical backgrounds, my wife and I clearly know what we do not want and have made it clear to our kids.  Most people never have The Conversation because it is too early – until it is too late. 

Take control.  Decide how you would like to spend your last days.  Choose a health care proxy.  Talk about it.  Do the necessary paperwork.

Jay Ginther, MD