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Reports point to mounting evidence of brand shakeup for diabetes supplies


WASHINGTON – Medicare’s mail-order program for diabetes supplies has had a dramatic impact on the market, as evidenced by a pair of recent reports from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Mail-order program: OIG provides CMS with before, after picture


WASHINGTON – How has the national mail-order program for diabetes supplies affected brand choice?

CMS now has a before and after picture thanks to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

In brief: Lawmakers try to put brakes on bid expansion, contractors warn docs of DME scams



N.J. Medicaid could save by cutting test strip prices, OIG says


WASHINGTON – Reducing reimbursements to retail rates or establishing competitive bidding pricing could have saved New Jersey’s Medicaid program between $1.8 million and $2.7 million in 2011, the OIG reported in a Sept. 11 report.

Inappropriate, questionable billing for test strips, says OIG


WASHINGTON – Medicare inappropriately allowed $6 million in claims for diabetes test strips in 2011, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Prescription for test strips? You do the math

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Why is health insurance so costly? I think part of it may that insurers require a lot of money to develop convoluted and arcane mathematical algorithms to try and squeeze every dollar out their subscribers.

$10.41?! Why not just give the stuff away?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Did I really say, in my last blog, that expected payment amounts for Round 2 for diabetes test strips would about $15? Boy, was I (and, apparently, pretty much everyone else) wrong. The strips came in at $10.41.

Bloody hell! My strips are going up.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Well, the lucky streak is over. After several years of fairly steady co-pays for my test strips, my copay for them will more than double in 2013.

OIG: Handful of brands account for half of the market


There's dozens of different types of diabetes testing supplies, but a select few dominate the market, says a new study by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Diabetes doesn't disappear in natural disaster

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Last Friday I texted my $10 donation to the Red Cross to help victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti.