I went to call in a Rx for the antidepressant I'm on to help with the migraine, only to be told that the doctor needed to see me. He just saw me recently, and we discussed the migraine then, but because I had also come in to have my ears cleaned that it was a "sick visit and I needed to come in for a "well" visit. That is was a Medicare coding thing and he could lose his license if he didn't comply.
I called Medicare and the woman I spoke to could not find any information about doctors requirements on how often they need to see a patient in order to write a Rx refill. I can't seem to find the information online either. Can anyone else? Also the woman said that Medicare can't cause him to lose his license, only the state licensing board can do that.
So now I'm even more confused, I don't know whether it is a Medicare requirement, or just a way for him to make more money off me? He's already gone the route of concierge medicine. So that's $200 a year just to be a member of his practice, the $120 dollar fee (what Medicare didn't pay) for the "sick" visit and now if I want my Rx refilled (I have been on this medicine for years) I have to shell out another $120? Not to mention Medicare has to pay him as well.