September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) has impacted the lives of 90,000-100,000 people in the United States.  While many people think that only African Americans or blacks are vulnerable to the disease, that isn’t quite true.  Sickle Cell Disease impacts those with ancestors from South American, Central America, Mediterranean Countries, India, the Caribbean and Saudi Arabia. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 500 black births results in a Sickle Cell Disease birth and 1 in 36,000 Hispanic births resulting in the same. Sickle Cell Disease cannot be caught, it is hereditary and therefore, children are born with it.

Sickle Cell Disease occurs when red blood cells become hard and sticky and form a c-like, or crescent shape, like that of the farm tool, referred to as a “sickle.”

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Information regarding pre-authorization forms

Information regarding pre-authorization forms

In an effort to reduce denial of payments from third party payers for tests requiring prior authorization, The Medical Foundation is requesting that physicians complete a prior authorization form for patients before sending them for Genetic/Molecular testing.  

If you have any questions regarding authorizations or about which tests need a prior authorization, please contact Terri Otis, Reimbursement Manager at The Medical Foundation at totis@sbmf.org or call 574.234.4176 *65598.

Please refer to this listing of Genetic/Molecular tests that require prior authorization.
 

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Medical Foundation Holiday Schedule

Medical Foundation Holiday Schedule

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Medical Foundation patient services centers and blood donor centers will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014.

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