The concept of Cortisol Pumping is the use of solu-cortef (inject-able version of cortisol when mixed with saline or bacteriostatic water) used in an insulin pump programmed to disperse cortisol according to the natural circadian rhythm by programming rates of delivery into the pump. This method bypasses the gastric passage and is able to deliver cortisol in a more natural way. With an infusion pump, an adrenal insufficient patient can receive a constant supply of cortisol and can lessen the instability experienced with oral steroid cortisol replacement. Side effects due to malabsorption can be decreased and patients have reported to have improved sleep, weight management and experience an overall improvement in their energy levels and sense of well-being. This method has also been shown to lessen the prevalence of adrenal crises and hospitalizations due to low cortisol. Though this method is not a cure for adrenal disease, it is an option and a ray of hope for those who are struggling with quality of life.
Whether your insurance will cover a pump is completely dependent on your specific coverage plan and insurance company. If you are denied, you can always file an appeal. Visit this link to download the example appeal letter you can fill out with your information to appeal your insurance company’s denial. It is also an option to cash purchase pumps and supplies specifically from companies such as Omnipod and Medtronic if you have a prescription from your overseeing physician.
Adrenal Alternatives Foundation’s Pumps for Purpose Program assists adrenal patients who are desiring to start the cortisol pumping method acquire affordable access to pumps and supplies alongside our affiliate, CR3 organization.
1- You must have been diagnosed with an adrenal disease via documented medical testing by a licensed medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
2- You must have a licensed clinician willing to manage your care on the adrenal pump before receiving supplies.
3- You must sign a liability form that the foundation does not provide medical care or advice and is not liable for any healthcare choices.
Adrenal Alternatives Foundation is a 501c3 patient advocacy organization which is HIPPA compliant. The information you provide is confidential and will only be used to process your application internally through Adrenal Alternatives Foundation and CR3 Diabetes Association.
To apply for the program please fill out both of the following applications:
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