June 10, 2013

Medicare Coverage Effective July 1, 2013

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pawnsDo you know that things are about to change in Medicare coverage? Of course they are, but you may not have a clue what this means to you if you’re on Medicare.

With all changes in life, this is going to be a little good news and a little bad news. The good news is that it should be easier and cheaper to get what you need.

The bad news is that you may have to compromise your current choices in retail providers and specific products you use to manage your diabetes.

Terry Blankenship has asked that The Diabetes Resource share this information with people that may be affected by the July 1, 2013 Medicare changes. He is the Vice Preside of Patient Care at Diabetes Care Club.

Diabetes Care Club has put together a good guide for you to navigate your way through the labyrinth of confusion the Medicare changes may be imposing in your diabetes care. Some pertinent questions to ask moving forward are:

How much experience does the provider have? A provider should have a proven record of excellence in distributing diabetes supplies and responding to large numbers of customers. If you receive a call or email from a provider and are unsure of their legitimacy, it is important to check your sources before providing any personal information. Medicare will not call patients about this change so if you receive a call claiming to be from Medicare, it is a scam.

Is the provider big enough to handle more customers without disruption? A provider should be able to explain in detail how it has prepared to take on thousands of new customers beginning on July 1.

Is diabetes the provider’s main focus? Ideally, a provider should make diabetes care its top priority rather than spreading its resources over a range of medical issues.

What ordering options does the provider offer? A provider should allow patients to order testing supplies by phone, email, or online and offer convenient hours for customer support.

Does the provider accept “assignment?” All mail-order providers must accept assignment, which means they cannot charge more than the prices set by Medicare. But retail outlets like pharmacies do not have to accept assignment and can charge more. It is important to ask to make sure you are not paying added costs.

What products does the provider stock? A quality provider should offer a wide range of products so that patients can get a product that best meets their needs.

Does the provider handle all the paperwork? A quality provider will handle any paperwork associated with Medicare, saving patients time and effort with these confusing forms.

Does the provider deliver on time and for free? Patients should expect their provider to cover the costs of shipping and guarantee that testing supplies will arrive on time and in proper condition.

Don’t be a pawn on the board. Perform due diligence for yourself before the deadline hits and you’re lifeline to drugs, supplies, and durable goods for diabetes is captured.

For further information on visit Diabetes Care Club online or call 1-800-376-7521.

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