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Dear Stephanie

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lots of people with diabetes, particularly the Type 1 crowd, pass along comments and, more often, criticism of incorrect or misleading information when they come across it. It can be exhausting to keep up with educating the world one misinformed (or sometimes, lazy) reporter at a time.

Providers targeted for certain claims


ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Medicare is demanding repayment for diabetes and other Part B supplies that it says should have been billed to other payers, but industry stakeholders say the products were dispensed in "good faith."

America, declare your independence from hamburger doughnuts

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

As a fun follow up to my previous blog on the fattest states, here's something from Health magazine called the "50 Fattiest Foods in the States." It's a menu of shame comprised of a dish from each state.


AAH: Survey diabetes patients


ARLINGTON, Va. - CMS needs to collect data from beneficiaries with diabetes if it wants a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the impact that competitive bidding will have on all beneficiaries, AAHomecare said in comments submitted May 3.

Orange juice and understanding in the dead of night

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A common theme comes up when talking to providers about diabetes patients and the competitive bidding program: I hear frequently about how this population of patients is typically the neediest, in terms of care and instruction.

Who cares about sugar-free cookies and ID jewelry when you can raise a toast to Baja Bob?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Over cocktails last night, my roommate and I were discussing how many advances have been made in medicine, and in products in general, over the last several decades (we're both health news junkies).



AAHomecare's HME/RT Council has created a CPAP task force to look at ways to improve Medicare policy. On the agenda: policy requirements for coverage beyond the first three months of therapy; documentation and compliance requirements; and the use of advance beneficiary notices.

Market for diabetes remains strong


Demand for testing supplies, skin and eye care products, footwear and compression hosiery continues to be steady and, according to vendors, has the potential to grow as diabetes remains an epidemic. Statistics show that close to 8% of the U.S. population has diabetes with approximately 1.7 million new diabetics added each year.

It's complicated, cupcake

Friday, February 12, 2010

I just got my Diabetes Newswire, and the news looks grim. A few partial headlines:

"Minorities less likely to receive 'cornerstone' diabetes test"

"Eye damage from diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness'"

"'Silent strokes' linked to kidney failure in diabetics"