Talk to Your Doctor
The best way to introduce Kate Farms products to your doctor is to bring them a product detail sheet, or refer them to the web page of the formula you’re interested in trying.
How to request Kate Farms from your doctor
Ask your doctor to complete a prescription, or Physician’s Written Order form. They can fax the prescription to your medical supply company if they carry Kate Farms.
You can download a Physician’s Written Order form here to share with your doctor.
Questions to ask your doctor
Here are some questions you might ask your doctor when starting a formula.
What Kate Farms formula is right for me?
Why this is important: Your doctor will recommend the right formula, based on your nutritional needs. There is more detailed product information here, which may help them make a recommendation for you.
Do I require sole-source nutrition?
Why this is important: “Sole-source” means that formula will be your only source of nutrition. Many insurance companies cover formula when it’s necessary for sole-source nutrition. Sometimes supplemental nutrition is recommended by a doctor, but is not deemed “medically necessary,” meaning it is not required to maintain your current body mass index or weight, for example. Usually, insurance will only cover nutrition that is considered a medical necessity by your doctor.
What percent of my calories will need to come from formula?
Why this matters: To be eligible for coverage, insurance companies often require that at least half of your total calories come from formula. There can be exceptions, but these need to be documented and clinically justified in your medical record. It will depend on your policy, and your insurance company determines what they will cover.
How long will I need formula? Will this be temporary or long-term?
Why this matters: Knowing the length of time you will need formula, if it’s temporary or long term, will help determine insurance coverage or if it even makes sense to look into coverage. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to take 2 to 4 weeks to authorize coverage. If you need formula for less than this period of time, purchasing from shop.katefarms.com may be a better option.
Contact a Patient Advocate
Free, personal support to help you talk to your doctor, home medical supplier, or insurance provider, or for more information on getting started with Kate Farms.