Docs criticize Medicare’s diabetes policies

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians sent a three-page letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on April 13, expressing its concerns that the prescribing process for diabetes testing supplies has become “overly burdensome.” Also in the letter: That the competitive bidding program has resulted in patients receiving unbranded or inaccurate supplies. The AAFP argues that it should be acceptable for physicians to write prescriptions for “diabetic supplies” to encompass syringes, needles, test strips, lancets, glucose testing machine, etc., along with frequency. Current policy requires everything from a documented diagnosis to a patient’s testing log. The AAFP also calls on CMS and the FDA to better communicate about the quality and safety of monitoring systems sold under the bid program.