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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"


Ohio takes step in right direction

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ohio lawmakers yesterday passed a bill that would require insurance coverage for diabetes. The state is one of a handful that do not currently require such coverage.

Health care reform and the $22,000 employee

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So, I am reading some health care reform news today on Crain's New York and there is an article about how disease state management programs can reign in costs for diabetes patients.

Well, this doc's bedside manner could use improving, but he has a point

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dr. Earl Sunderhaus told an overweight patient she was fat. His medical license is now up for review.