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How to Save Money on Prescriptions

Dakota Home Care, the experts in home health services in North Dakota, shares 12 Tips that could help you save money on prescriptions. You’ll have to do some research on your own in order to find out for sure which one saves you the most. 1st A big DON’T! Don’t Skip Doses! More than 12% of U.S. adults have skipped doses or not filled a prescription at all in order to save money. Depending on the prescription, this can be very dangerous to your health and cost you more money in the long run.   1) Call Your Insurance Provider: If you have medication insurance, always check with your provider first to see if your drug is covered and how much the co-pay will be. Calling is usually easier than trying to decode the names on their formulary list. Most will have an “RX price quote” or similar button on their website, and most prescriptions can be entered there to give an accurate display of the price at a pharmacy or via mail order for one month or three months   2) Compare Medicare Part D vs. Supplemental Insurance: If you’re retiring and your medications will no longer be covered by your company’s health insurance plan, comparing stand-alone prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage plans can be overwhelming. There are several free tools online that can help you compare your options.   The federal government’s site, Medicare.gov, helps users sift through different health plans and compare them three at a time, side by side. PlanPrescriber differs from Medicare.gov in the amount of time it takes for a user to go through the search process. The starting questionnaire is shorter, and its prescription drug-finding tool is also simpler. ExtendHealth.com allows you to compare up to five plans at a time online, and the company also has

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Pediatric Private Duty Nursing

If you have a medically fragile child who needs constant, high-level, medical care at home, Dakota Home Care (DHC) can provide a well-trained, experienced Pediatric Private Duty Nurse (PPDN). A PPDN can come to your home to work one-on-one with your child all day, every day. The hours can vary depending on the care needed and what insurance will allow. Some children receive up to twelve hours of care per day and others require less.  Your PPDN will be an LPN or an RN, depending on your child’s needs. They will be highly skilled and will have met stringent requirements. They have had training in working with children with special needs and in giving care that can be both fun and therapeutic. Before a child is discharged from the hospital, the family gets training in care during a PPDN’s off-duty hours. Pediatric private duty nursing is about the whole family. Nurses will adapt to and fit in with all family’s needs and routines. Making therapeutic care seem like play is really important. Nurses have to be creative in how they get the job done and incorporate day-to-day care into developmental play. A PPDN could be home alone with your child. Because they don’t have a whole medical team there with them, your nurse must be competent, confident, and able to react quickly to medical needs that arise. Most will have had on-the-job experience in other types of nursing to broaden their skills before becoming a PPDN. They also have quick access to resources via DHC. They can make recommendations to the physician for physical and speech therapists and to come in and develop exercise and therapy routines that the PPDN can help the child work on throughout the day. The PPDN can administer meds, feedings, and provide central line and

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