Bid program limits access to meters, group says

Friday, January 24, 2014

CHICAGO – Competitive bidding limits patient access to the most accurate blood-glucose meters, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) says. The group found that only three of the 23 contract suppliers they surveyed are providing all the brands of testing supplies that they told Medicare they would provide, according to a release. “This study shows that the national mail-order program is limiting access to diabetes testing supplies,” said Chief Advocacy Officer Martha Rinker. A separate survey by the AADE found that 27% of patients with Type 1 diabetes and 9% of patients with Type 2 diabetes experienced health problems related to inaccurate readings.