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Diabetic Meters Approved By Medicare

Diabetic Meters Approved By Medicare

It's an honor that you've allowed us to try and help with your family and life issues. Thank you very much for visiting. Please return soon. Help to get Medicare approved diabetic meters, testing supplies and more. Learn how to choose a meter, what Medicare needs and handy sources of diabetes information. While most pages under this title are diabetic services companies looking for business, this page is to help you get your diabetes testing supplies through your doctor and Medicare without needing the third party. You'll learn how to get Medicare approval, how to choose a meter, handy Medicare Information phone numbers and more. What Meters Are Approved By Medicare? After searching for hours under Medicare Parts B and D, to get a list of approved meters, It hit me. Medicare Part B appears to pay 80% for any meter your doctor prescribes, along with the related lancets and test strips. If you're diagnosed with diabetes and prescribed a meter, Medicare covers it. Most meters are free, whether or not Medicare covers them. The details Medicare needs about your monitoring equipment, lancets and test strips are covered in the next section. Near the bottom of the page, I've listed a few handy diabetes information sources if you have any questions. What Medicare Needs To Approve A Meter: Medicare needs a prescription from your doctor in order to approve your glucose meter, test strips and lancets. The prescription needs to specify that you have diabetes, the kind of meter you need and why, whether you use insulin, how often you should test your blood sugar and how many strips and lancets you'll need each month. Some of these prescriptions must be renewed yearly. You can pick up your supplies at any Medicare enrolled pharmacy or have them delivered by a Medicare enrolled medical Continue reading >>

Glucometer Brands Covered By Medicare, Search.com

Glucometer Brands Covered By Medicare, Search.com

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IMPORTANT 2017 COVERAGE CHANGES FOR DIABETIC SUPPLIES For this plan year, all of our individual Medicare Advantage plans will continue to cover only specific brands of lancets. Covered lancets: • Roche Diagnostics • Prodigy Diabetes Care • Owen Mumford US • Perrigo Diabetes Care • LifeScan, Inc. • Good Neighbor • Kroger/Perrigo A limit of 100 lancets per month. As a reminder, continuing in 2017, all of our individual Medicare Advantage plans will only cover specific brands of glucometers and test strips. Our plans will not cover them when purchased from In-network Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers. Covered glucometers and test strips: • LifeScan, Inc., OneTouch® • Roche Diagnostics, ACCU-CHEK® A limit of 100 blood test strips per month. New for 2017, a limit of one glucometer every 180 days. To be covered for a $0 copay, the members must purchase these supplies at an in-network retail or mail- order pharmacy supplier. HCPC codes not covered when purchased through an In-network DME provider: • A4253 blood glucose test strips • E0607 home blood glucose monitor • E2100 blood glucose monitor with integrated voice synthesizer • E2101 blood glucose monitor with integrated lancing/blood sample Members impacted by this change have been notified through their Annual Notice of Change and Evidence of Coverage plan benefit materials. Other blood glucometer, blood glucose test strip or lancet brands or quantities of more than 100 test strips or lancets per month are not covered unless you, as the doctor or provider, tell us another brand or a larger quantity is medically necessary for the member’s treatment. • If our member is currently getting their covered glucometer and test s Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meter Program

Blood Glucose Meter Program

Preferred Test Strips Ascensia and Abbott products are the preferred brands of test strips for all of our prescription drug programs. Both of these brands offer your patients simple and accurate test strips and monitoring systems. For Abbott monitors, the preferred test strips include FreeStyle®, FreeStyle Lite®, and Precision Xtra®. For Ascensia monitors, the preferred test strips include Contour®, Contour®NEXT, Breeze®2, Elite®, and Autodisc®. Prior Authorization Required If your patient chooses to use a test strip that is not FreeStyle, FreeStyle Lite, Precision Xtra, Contour, Contour®NEXT, Breeze 2, Elite, or Autodisc, you will need to complete a prior authorization form on your patient’s behalf. If the prior authorization is not approved, the non-preferred test strips will not be a covered pharmacy benefit for your patient, and he or she will be responsible for the entire cost of the test strips. If the request for the non-preferred test strips is approved, your patient will be charged the highest level of cost-sharing. Free Blood Glucose Meters Both Abbott and Ascensia blood glucose meters are available at no cost to our members. Below is a comparison chart of important features of the blood glucose meters and corresponding test strips. The preferred brands rank high in patient satisfaction and can be used in several test sites, as listed below. Abbott Diabetes Care Ascensia Diabetes Care Blood Glucose Meter FreeStyle FreeStyle Freedom Lite Precision Xtra Contour Breeze 2 Contour® Next One Contour® Next EZ Contour® Next Sample size (uL) 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.6 0.6 Test time 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds 5 seconds Approved test sites Fingertip, hand, forearm, upper arm, thigh, calf Fingertip, hand, forearm, Continue reading >>

Lifescan Onetouch Products Only Covered Products Starting January 2016

Lifescan Onetouch Products Only Covered Products Starting January 2016

Home > What's New > News > Important Updates > Latest News > 2015 News > LifeScan OneTouch products only covered products starting January 2016 LifeScan OneTouch products only covered products starting January 2016 At Independent Health we are committed to improving the care of diabetic patients and providing physicians with important information that supports efforts to provide appropriate, safe and cost-effective therapy. Following a comprehensive review of the available blood glucose monitoring systems, test strips and supplies, Independent Health and its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee have determined that LifeScans OneTouch blood glucose meters and its test strips will be the preferred diabetic testing products for Independent Health commercial and Medicare members, effective January 1, 2016. (Self-funded plans have the option to make this change.) Members currently using other brands of blood glucose meters will be able to order a OneTouch Blood Glucose Meter at no charge. All other brands of test strips will require prior authorization. Independent Health will cover only these meters as of 1/1/16 Independent Health will cover only these test strips as of 1/1/16 Continue reading >>

The Best Glucometers Of 2018

The Best Glucometers Of 2018

Our Process We spent over 80 hours researching the best 30 glucometers on the market. We considered the specifications, features, user reviews, medical studies, availability and cost. After eliminating models that used old technology, like coding, or were too difficult to find in stores, we purchased the best 12 blood glucose meters so we could perform hands-on evaluations of each device. Before diving into our recommendations for the best glucometers, it’s important to note that Top Ten Reviews is not a substitute for your primary care physician. Our recommendations are made based on common scenarios, hands-on experience, market cost evaluations and a comparison of important features, but they’re not a replacement for advice from your doctor. We are not medical experts. $19.99 The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from its main feature – Bluetooth that connects it to a mobile app on your smartphone. This provides excellent data management of your readings so you can spot patterns and better treat your diabetes. In addition, the device's interface is one of the easiest to navigate. It has multiple buttons so you can get to the features you need quickly, and the display is high-contrast with big numbers. Another reason why the Aviva Connect is the best glucometer is the availability of its test strips – they are everywhere. We couldn't find a pharmacy or online store that didn't stock them. Of course, the one significant downside to the test strips is their cost. At $1.39 per strip in a pack of 100 and $1.52 per strip in a pack of 50, they’re more expensive than most test strips on the market. Best Glucometer for Value & Availability $13.95 The CONTOUR NEXT is our pick for the best glucometer if your primary concerns are overall value and the availability o Continue reading >>

$0 Copays On Preferred Brand Diabetic Test Strips And Glucose Meters For Medicare Advantage Members

$0 Copays On Preferred Brand Diabetic Test Strips And Glucose Meters For Medicare Advantage Members

In 2018, Independence will continue the requirement for Medicare Advantage members to use diabetic test strips and a glucose meter from the preferred manufacturer brands, Accu-Chek® and OneTouch®, in order to have their test strips and glucose meters covered at $0 copayment. All other manufacturers’ brand of test strips and glucose meters will not be covered by Keystone 65 HMO plans. For Personal Choice 65SM PPO plans, an out-of-network coinsurance will apply to all other manufacturers’ brand of test strips and glucose meters. If their current glucose meter does not work with either of the preferred brands of test strips, Medicare Advantage members can obtain a new glucose meter at no cost. Test strips can be purchased from either a network pharmacy or durable medical equipment supplier. The $0 copayment on Accu-Chek and OneTouch test strips will apply at both preferred and standard pharmacies. Providers may appeal if they feel a member is unable to use Accu-Chek or OneTouch test strips and glucose meters. Note: Independence Medicare Advantage plans will continue to offer a $0 copayment on all brands of lancets and solutions. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Health Coverage: State Laws And Programs

Diabetes Health Coverage: State Laws And Programs

Diabetes Health Coverage State Laws and Programs Diabetes Health Coverage: State Laws and Programs This is a policymaker and consumer guide to state insurance mandated coverage, Medicaid coverage and state-sponsored diabetes programs. It was published 2011and updated material was added January 2016 All state law diabetes mandates and minimum coverage requirements for state-regulated health insurance policies. The tables include the enacted state laws passedsince the firstmandates inCalifornia (1981) and New York (1993). Use links below to go directly to state-based information: State Medicaid diabetes coverage terms and conditions. All Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) diabetes coverage. Contact information and an overview of federal funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to state-sponsored diabetes prevention and control programs (DPCPs). DPCPs represent the front line in battling diabetes in most states. An overview of other state activities and initiatives, such as creation of diabetes coordinator positions in the executive branch to fight diabetes. Federal Health Reform.The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed March 2010, has led to changed and expanded coverage termed "EssentialHealth Benefits." Newly Released: NCSL Survey:Diabetes Drug coverage: A new survey of2016 Insurance Plans in 50 states, examining 1) patient access to the scores of diabetes drug treatments and2) results in the 46 states with laws mandating or offering diabetes coverage. NCSL original research, published summer 2016. [Read the report] December 2015: " Diabetes: Addressing the Costs; A 50-State Budget Survey for FY 2014 ." NCSL released its latest diabetes report, taking a closer look at programs and budget appropriations that play a role in con Continue reading >>

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When you have diabetes, accuracy matters. Stick with the brand you trust—don't let them switch your test strips! Some test strip suppliers may tell you otherwise, but Accu-Chek products are still covered by Medicare Part B at the same low co-pay1 as all other brands.2 They may even try switching you to another brand. They’re not concerned about you—they’re doing it to benefit their own bottom line. You can take some simple steps to preserve your choice and ensure you’re not switched to a low-quality product: Say "no," if your strip supplier tries to switch you to another brand. At your next visit, ask your doctor to specify Accu-Chek test strips by name on your prescription. Ask for Accu-Chek strips by name from your test strip supplier. If they no longer carry Accu-Chek test strips, you can purchase them from local retail pharmacies. For a list of retailers that offer Accu-Chek products, visit our Where to Buy page. Get smart answers about Medicare changes Medicare has changed how mail-order customers get diabetes testing supplies. Here's what it means for you. What if my mail-order supplier tells me I need to switch to another brand? You do NOT have to change brands. Patient protection rules exist to help ensure that you have access to the supplies you know and prefer to use. The anti-switching rule requires contract suppliers to furnish the brand of testing supplies that work with the monitor currently in use by the patient. It was established to protect patient and physician choice of glucose monitors. If the supplier you contacted doesn't carry Accu-Chek products, visit your local retailer to purchase your Accu-Chek test strips. Am I required to get my strips through mail order? No. Medicare Part B patients can get diabetes testing supplies from a retail Continue reading >>

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

Top 10 Popular Blood Glucose Meters Put To The Test

With countless blood glucose meters on the market, how do you know which one to choose? Do you choose the most expensive one; it must work the best if it costs the most, right? Or are you a techie looking for a Bluetooth meter that syncs to your smartphone? Perhaps, you’re concerned with the cost and you’re looking for the most affordable meter. Top 10 Glucose Meters We’ve taken the time to test the ten most popular blood glucose meters. Take a look to find the meter that’s the best fit for you. Winner and our favorite meter is One Touch Ultra 2. OneTouch Ultra 2 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Walmart ReliON Confirm OneTouch Verio Abbott FreeStyle Lite Walgreens True2Go Contour Next EZ Livongo Health In Touch Meter Nova Max Plus Sanofi iBGStar Our Pick After a careful review of the top glucose meters on the market, our #1 recommendation is the One Touch Ultra 2. It’s simply one of the best in terms of functionality and price. Click here to learn more. (Helpful Tip: Although you can get one from your local pharmacy, you’ll find it cheaper on Amazon. Click here to get yours.) Accu-Chek Aviva Connect The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect gets its name from the Bluetooth connection that syncs to the user’s smartphone. The Connect utilizes an app to keep track of both short-term and long-term readings on a person’s smartphone. The user can also view their trends via bar graphs and maps on the app. The Accu-Chek Aviva Connect will cost you $29.99 and $1.75 for a single test strip. One con to this meter is that the test strips are one of the highest priced strips on the market. However, they are readily available in almost all drug stores and pharmacies. Accu-Chek also offers a supplemental program called Preferred Savings which can reduce most test-strip co-pays to $15-$45. Ot Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar (glucose) Monitors

Blood Sugar (glucose) Monitors

How often is it covered? Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers blood sugar monitors as durable medical equipment (DME) that your doctor prescribes for use in your home. Who's eligible? All people with Part B are covered. Your costs in Original Medicare If your supplier accepts assignment, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies. Medicare pays for different kinds of DME in different ways. Depending on the type of equipment: You may need to rent the equipment. You may need to buy the equipment. You may be able to choose whether to rent or buy the equipment. Medicare will only cover your DME if your doctors and DME suppliers are enrolled in Medicare. Doctors and suppliers have to meet strict standards to enroll and stay enrolled in Medicare. If your doctors or suppliers aren’t enrolled, Medicare won’t pay the claims submitted by them. It’s also important to ask your suppliers if they participate in Medicare before you get DME. If suppliers are participating suppliers, they must accept assignment. If suppliers are enrolled in Medicare but aren’t “participating,” they may choose not to accept assignment. If suppliers don't accept assignment, there’s no limit on the amount they can charge you. To find out how much your specific test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or other health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like: Other insurance you may have How much your doctor charges Whether your doctor accepts assignment The type of facility The location where you get your test, item, or service Continue reading >>

Abbott's Revolutionary Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, Freestyle Libre, Now Available To Medicare Patients - Jan 4, 2018

Abbott's Revolutionary Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, Freestyle Libre, Now Available To Medicare Patients - Jan 4, 2018

Abbott's Revolutionary Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, FreeStyle Libre, Now Available To Medicare Patients - CMS reimbursement provides opportunity for Medicare patients who meet eligibility criteria to access FreeStyle Libre System - FreeStyle Libre System can replace traditional blood glucose monitoring, eliminating the need for routine fingersticks(1) or any user calibration ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Jan. 4, 2018 / PRNewswire / --Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that the FreeStyle Libre System, the company's revolutionary new continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, is now available to Medicare patients, having met the codes for therapeutic CGM systems used for coverage by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Coverage includes all Medicare patients with diabetes who use insulin and who meet the eligibility criteria2. The factory-calibrated FreeStyle Libre system is the only CGM system recognized by Medicare that requires no user calibration whatsoever (either by fingerstick or manual data entry). The system also does not require the need for routine fingersticks1. The high accuracy of the FreeStyle Libre system allows for patients to dose insulin based on the results1. "At Abbott, we are continuously challenging ourselves to ensure our innovative technology is accessible to the majority of people who need it," said Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Diabetes Care, Abbott. "CMS's recognition of this revolutionary health technology, which removes the need for any user calibration, is ultimately going to empower Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes to live better, healthier lives." Designed to be approachable, accessible and affordable for the 30 million people with diabetes in the United States3, the FreeStyle Libre system reads glucose level Continue reading >>

Blood Glucose Meter & Insurance Coverage

Blood Glucose Meter & Insurance Coverage

Different plans cover varying amounts of the meter/ strips; there are exceptions to the list below. Many plans cover strips through prescription plans so be sure to verify prescription plan coverage. Sometime it’s more cost effective through DME (durable medical equipment) so individual should check his/ her coverage. Also, some meter companies offer discount cards so it may be more cost effective to use the copay card instead of the recommendations below. Abbott/Freestyle is now available with automatic lower copays for all commercial plans at participating pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Giant, Costco, Wegman’s). Recommended meters by each company: Abbott - Freestyle Freedom, Freestyle Lite, Freestyle Insulinx, or Precision x-tra Accu-chek - Guide, Nano, Aviva or Compact Plus Bayer - Contour, Contour Next, Contour USB, or Breeze 2 One Touch - Verio, Ultra, Ultra 2, Ultra Smart, Ultra Mini Continue reading >>

What Diabetic Supplies Are Covered By Original Medicare?

What Diabetic Supplies Are Covered By Original Medicare?

Original Medicare Part B covers some diabetic supplies, including: Blood sugar (glucose) test strips Blood glucose monitors, lancet devices, and lancets Glucose control solutions for checking the accuracy of test strips and monitors Insulin if you are using a medically necessary insulin pump (see below) Therapeutic shoes or inserts (see below) There may be coverage limits on the quantity and frequency you can get these supplies. Original Medicare Part B does not cover these diabetic supplies: Insulin (unless used with an insulin pump) Insulin pens, syringes, or needles Alcohol swabs or gauze About insulin coverage If you use a medically necessary external insulin pump, the insulin and the pump could be covered as durable medical equipment (DME). If you do not use a pump, you pay for all of your insulin costs. If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D), insulin and certain medical supplies used to inject insulin are covered. About therapeutic shoes and inserts Medicare Part B coverage includes therapeutic shoes or inserts for diabetics who have certain conditions -- ask the doctor who treats your diabetes if you need them. To make sure these supplies are covered by Medicare, please note: A qualified doctor (such as a podiatrist) must prescribe the shoes or inserts. A qualified doctor (such as an orthodontist) must provide and fit you for the shoes or inserts. Medicare Part B covers one pair of custom-molded shoes (including inserts) or one pair of depth-inlay shoes per calendar year. Medicare also covers two additional pairs of inserts each calendar year for custom-molded shoes and three pairs of inserts each calendar year for depth-inlay shoes. In certain cases, shoe modifications may be substituted for inserts. The supplier must have an order (pr Continue reading >>

Alleviating The Confusion Over New Changes Around Diabetes Supplies

Alleviating The Confusion Over New Changes Around Diabetes Supplies

The Medicare rules for ordering diabetes supplies through a mail-order pharmacy have changed. Here is the information you need to know to make this transition smoothly. On July 1, a Medicare rule took effect that impacts beneficiaries who get their diabetes testing supplies via mail order. It’s referred to as the Medicare National Mail-Order Program. Under the new ruling, beneficiaries must buy their diabetes supplies, including blood glucose trips, lancets, lancet devices, batteries and control solution, through a list of designated vendors, or Medicare national mail-order contract suppliers. Beneficiaries who pick up their testing supplies from a local pharmacy can still do so, but they need to make sure that the store accepts Medicare "assignment" to avoid higher charges for the supplies. At Joslin Diabetes Center, we are closely monitoring this new program which is intended to be a cost-cutting measure. If you have questions or difficulties navigating the new system, we provided you with additional details to ensure the program is not a disruption to your diabetes care. Who is affected? Medicare beneficiaries in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, who have Original Medicare, are impacted. These changes do not apply to Medicare Advantage plans (like an HMO or PPO). If you are enrolled in a private plan through Medicare, you can contact your plan to find out which suppliers you can use. How can I get my supplies? If you want diabetes testing supplies delivered to your home, you must use an approved Medicare national mail-order contract supplier in order for Medicare to help pay for the supplies. To find a contract supplier, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov/supplier. Alternatively, Continue reading >>

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