AskNadia: Medicare & Medicaid Diabetes Supplies and Service Coverage Guide

I have a lot of people write in asking me about Medicare coverage.  I don’t profess to be an expert but I am learning more everyday from your specific question. After reading your inquiry, I did what I always do, went online and researched it for you. To my surprise and delight, I found this pdf that is a comprehensive guide for people living with

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AskNadia: My Wish for You in The New Year!

This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting on what I would like to improve on. Health tops my priority every year. Making sure I spend time with my family and friends is part of my mental health; regularly

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AskNadia: Medicare Stopped Covering My Novo Nordisk Insulin

Dear Nadia, My mail order company that fulfills my insulin orders just informed me that I can no longer get my Novo Nordisk insulin? They said that Medicare will only cover Eli Lilly’s insulin. Should I choose to continue to buy Novo Nordisk’s insulin, my co- payment will be $200 for my prescription.  My insulin preference is Novo Nordisk because I tend to experience more

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AskNadia: Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover the OmniPod Insulin Pump

Whys doesn’t Medicare cover the OmniPod tubeless insulin pump?  I sure wish it was covered. Cathy diabeteshealth.com Subscriber Dear Cathy, Medicare has their own formula for calculating what is medically necessary for medical devices, which they classify as “Durable Medical Equipment” also known as DME. Insulin pumps and blood glucose meters are classified as medically necessary under the Medicare DME coverage. Medication like insulin for

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California Forum Calls for Healthcare Revamp

As California addresses record high health care costs-the average state resident currently spends $23 a day on healthcare-a new report reveals ways that could curb those costs considerably. According to findings published by the Berkeley Forum, the Golden State could axe more than $110 billion in healthcare spending over the next 10 years by revamping its current healthcare system and moving away from the standard

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Diabetes Health Magazine Wants your Opinion

If you are among the readers who commented on this article (“Why Care Under the Affordable Care Act Will Be Unaffordable”), thank you very much for your response. The politics of healthcare can be a volatile issue. As the publisher and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Health, I don’t always agree with my writers, but I believe that it’s my duty to show the full spectrum of

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An Amazon Adventure with Bugs, Drugs, and Diabetes

Students in the healthcare field have probably attended a “bugs and drugs” lecture about bacteria and the various antibiotics used in response. Put that on a whole new level, where the “bugs and drugs” are hordes of mosquitoes and peculiar plants, and you would be envisioning my pharmacy rotation in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The purpose of the trip was to study medicinal plants and

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A New Kind of Pharmacist

Ross Valley Pharmacy, tucked away inside a larger building of clinics, is not a big place, but it’s very very busy. Its owner, Paul Lofholm, PharmD, has a vision of the pharmacist’s role that goes far beyond simply putting pills in bottles. He sees pharmacists as integral members of the healthcare team who can fill the gaps in patients’ education about their conditions and their

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