Fiscal cliff deal may spell bad news for diabetes patients on Medicare

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onlyme27
onlyme27

i do not like this.  NO ONE that i can find carries Abbot Freestyle strips.  i was turned over to a new company - and without my even knowing it - they sent out a new meter - which is rated on line as being bad and faulty - testing higher than my freestyle.  are they ripping off medicare by sending out new meters to everyone when our old one is perfectly good?  we throw too much stuff away - there is nothing wrong with my meter - but i can no longer get the test strips.  thanks congress - you all are so smart and helpful to the people you supposedly represent.  yup - i'm angry.

oldgreygranny
oldgreygranny

None of what you said makes any sense!!  My mail order pharmacy is no longer participating in Medicare, the local pharmacies here say they aren't selling test strips through medicare any longer.  You should never use test strips in a machine that is not made for those particular test strip.  A new meter to match the strips will surely be available for purchase.  This is all a big, fat mess!!!   I guess they want all the elderly diabetic Medicare recipiants to pass on.  Good job government as always.

celowski
celowski

I'm the medical biller at a small retail pharmacy in a rural area.  I'm having a difficult time even finding generic strips and meters to fall below the new allowable for July 1.  My patients come from three counties and it is possible that I will not be able to even do diabetic strips anymore and as most have Medicaid they will not be able to go to mail-order. As most will mail-order will not bill Medicaid secondary and the patients get billed for their deductible and copays.  Our Owner and I are sick over the damage it would do to our community.

Rick Puckett
Rick Puckett

I am an owner of a mail-order diabetic supply company with revenues less than $1,000, 000.   Yes, I am a small-business owner and we pride ourselves in the care/service we give both patients and referral sources.  (and I should add, "I built it myself" and contribute to our local economy)

 

For the record, I applaud Congress leveling the playing field for both mail order and non-mail order providers.  With competitive bid coming, we will be forced to offer only the "value" strips, endangering our customer base as they depart in mass to the pharmacies to get the "big four":  Abbot, Roche, Bayer, Johnson n Johnson. Now at least we all in the same ship sailing in unchartered waters of CMS reimbursements/profitability.  Perhaps, maybe just perhaps, if all are playing on the same field, then it may force the big four to make price concessions or risk losing a significant market share/demand for their product.   To this end, those of us who did bid on the national level may be in a better position to compete with the "big boys". 

 

One more note: Where was Mr. Price and AdvaMed during the competitive bid battle we DME's have been enduring.  It should would have been nice for someone to express the same amount of concern for we small business owners as the Mega players.

 

Sincerely,

Rick Puckett,Life Source Medical, Greensboro, NC 

MIke
MIke like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Rick Puckett I am a owner of a small retail pharmacy. I am not opposed to the leveling of the playing field. (That includes, by the way, mail order having to follow all of the rules we have to follow as well.) What I am opposed to, however, applying the mail order competitive bid to those who were not involved in the bid. Mail order diabetic suppliers generally underbid the category and now I am being forced to either accept the poor  (well below ANY current product available) reimbursement other negotiated or to stop providing. One HAS to make a profit in order to stay in the market. To call the current competitive bidding process anything less than a fiasco would be generous.

Guest
Guest

It is about time the idiots in Washington start clamping down on the fraud, waste and abuse in medicare and medicaid.  The DME industry has long ridden the coattails of taxpayers and is overdue for some semblance of market competition. 

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