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Mystery surrounds nat'l mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies

March 29, 2019Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - With the national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies on hold indefinitely, it's anybody's guess what will happen next.“We were all expecting another round—we still are,” said Mary Ellen Conway, chief compliance officer for Doral, Fla.-based US Med, one of nine companies holding a mail-order contract that expired Dec. 31, 2018. “We make the program work. The reimbursements are lousy, but there's strength in numbers.”CMS on March 7 announced...

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'We will continue to talk to Congress,' diabetes group says

November 20, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Medicare's mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies has decimated the industry, shutting out suppliers and drastically cutting reimbursement.When mail-order contracts go away come Jan. 1, access could get dicey for patients, says Christel Aprigliano, CEO of the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition.“There is no obligation for these suppliers to provide mail-order supplies and that greatly concerns the diabetes community,” she said. “Not having (supplies)...

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Diabetes patients dominate complaint hotline

October 4, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Ever since a national mail-order program for diabetes supplies kicked off July 1, beneficiaries have been complaining loud and clear—just not to CMS, say industry stakeholders.“We get complaints every day on the hotline and the majority of the time, when I am talking to them, it is about diabetes testing supplies,” said Kelly Turner, director of People for Quality Care, which runs a competitive bidding complaint hotline.Of the 2,154 complaints made to the hotline...

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Diabetes supplies: H.R. 2845 seeks to remedy criticisms

August 23, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - In response to rising complaints over a lack of access, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has introduced legislation that would allow pharmacies to deliver diabetes testing supplies.“These services are especially vital to patients who are homebound or in assisted living facilities,” said Kevin Schweers, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).Introduced July 26, H.R. 2845 seeks to allow community pharmacies to deliver supplies...

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Diabetes Care Club preps for national mail-order program

June 18, 2013HME News Staff

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - With the start date closing in on the national mail-order program for diabetes supplies, Diabetes Care Club is ramping up its operations and product offerings to prepare for an expected increase in patients, according to a press release. When the program goes live, Diabetes Care Club will be among 18 companies serving Medicare beneficiaries, a drastic decrease from 2,000. “For the past two years, our top priority has been ensuring that we have the manpower, resources...

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