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The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

As a component of the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program, diabetes testing supplies (DTS) are provided through mail order at a substantial discount for people with diabetes (PWD).  PWD must be enlisted in Medicare Part B to qualify for mail order service.  Covered DTS include blood glucose meters, replacement batteries for blood glucose meters, control solution, test strips, lancet devices, and lancets. Medicare recipients who want to have DTS shipped directly to their home must utilize one of nine authorized mail order suppliers.  Select the option “Mail-Order Diabetic Supplies.” Most suppliers will offer a link showing which brands they cover. Although, PWD should be directed to get a hold of the mail order program to confirm brand coverage and to place their order as well.

  • For people requiring insulin, Medicare will cover 300 test strips and lancets (~3 per day) every 3 MONTHS and 1 lancet device every 6 MONTHS.
  • For people who do not require insulin, Medicare covers 100 test strips and lancets (~1 per day) every 3 MONTHS and 1 lancet device every 6 MONTHS.
  • Additional test strips may be requested by the prescriber stating medical necessity.

What if the mail order suppliers do not carry the meter brand and strips I use?

You have some options, request your medical professional to provide you with a prescription that includes the meter’s brand name along with the words: NO SUBSTITUTION. They must also indicate in your medical record the reason this particular brand is required. If the mail order supplier doesn’t carry that brand, they will help you determine someone who does, or assist you in finding a brand that you and your medical professional believe is ideal for you.  Purchase your preferred diabetes testing supplies at your local pharmacy or store accepting Medicare reimbursements. You will be responsible for 20% of the price for your supplies after your Part B deductible is met.

 

Read More with these links below:

Link to: https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/part-b/dme-diabetes-national-mail-order-program.html

*For information about Medicare’s National Mail-Order Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies

 

Link to: https://www.medicare.gov/supplierdirectory/search.html

*For Medicare.gov locate a supplier in Competitive Bid directory near you

 

Link to: www.usmed.com

*For a Medicare Competitive Bid Diabetes Testing & CPAP Supplier

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

Here are 9 steps you can take to improve your experience in self-management of your catheter:

  1. Awareness – Living with a catheter necessitates that you keep observant of your body and how you are feeling at any given moment.
  2. Hydration – Drink more water over any other fluid! Restrict coffee, and think about switching out tea and decaffeinated drinks.
  3. Consistency – Liquid intake should be proportional to your body weight and consistency is way to aid in preventing catheter obstruction.
  4. Volume – The majority of people require 2,000 – 3,000 cc of water daily. For example, a 150-lb person needs 2,550 cc (10.5 glasses daily), more is needed in hot weather or while exercising.
  5. Attentiveness – Pay close attention to the color of your urine, it should be a light yellow all day. The color can be used to figure out whether you are drinking enough water daily.
  6. Observation – Should urine color change, see what you might be doing different, like in-taking less water/more caffeine or are using a diuretics or water pills.
  7. Positioning – Note where the catheter is following each change in your body’s position and relocate it if necessary.
  8. Examining – Examine the catheter by running your hand along the tubing from where the catheter exits your body to the drainage bag.
  9. Assistance – Should you need support with catheters, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

 

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DIABETES ALERT!DAY

DIABETES ALERT!DAY

DIABETES ALERT!DAY

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.

That’s why this year United States Medical Supply is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. On March 27, we encourage you to take a simple and anonymous one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You’ll answer questions such as, “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” to learn your diabetes risk in 60 seconds. It’s that simple.

Once you’ve taken the test, share it with friends and family—with 84 million Americans at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, someone you love could be at risk.

This Alert Day, you may also consider giving back to the American Diabetes Association so more people can learn their diabetes risk. You can also learn more about this disease, how to prevent it, and how to fight back to help transform your life at diabetes.org/alertday.

We hope you’ll join us by learning your type 2 diabetes risk this year for Alert Day, and help others do the same.

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Additional Links:

American Diabetes Association® National Social Media Channels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmDiabetesAssn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/american-diabetes-association
Instagram: https://instagram.com/amdiabetesassn

Campaign URL: http://diabetes.org/alertday

Donation URL: http://diabetes.org/alertdaygiving

Top 10 Reasons To Use Your CPAP Machine

Top 10 Reasons To Use Your CPAP Machine

Top 10 Reasons To Use Your CPAP Machine

Around 25 million Americans experience OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), and approximately 60% of them actually utilize a CPAP machine nightly.  Incorporating CPAP therapy can be difficult, but OSA is a risky condition that does not improve on it’s own.  Here are some top ten reasons to make CPAP a part of your nightly ritual:

1. Energy Levels

After a few weeks of consistent use, CPAP therapy may improve energy levels. (2)

2. Heart Health

Sleeping disorders can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. CPAP therapy may help significantly lower blood pressure, reducing the need for blood pressure medications. (3)

3. Variety of CPAP Machine Models

Different sleeping patterns require varied settings and features to promote healthy breathing. APAP machines for example adjust the ideal pressure based on detection of the patient’s breathing.

4. True Beauty Sleep

New research indicates patients that practiced consistent CPAP therapy reduced facial puffiness and redness promoting a more youthful appearance.(4)

5. Mutual Quality Rest

Snoring is usually due to obstructive sleep apnea, and without effective therapy, you may not be the only one losing sleep – it’s likely your bed partner is too. (5)

6. Better Intimacy

Research has shown continued use of CPAP therapy may greatly improve libido, sexual function, and satisfaction. (6)(7)(8)

7. Travel

There has been much development in travel-sized CPAP units recently, whether your traveling for leisure or work, it is essential to remember your CPAP machine.

8. Money Saver

Managing other existent diseases and complications may result in decreased doctor and hospital visits, and possibly reduce the need for prescriptions, therefore saving you time and money.

9. Better Diabetic Control

Consistent CPAP therapy can help manage diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance leading to a more stable blood glucose levels. (10)

10. Prevent Hearing Loss

Steady use of CPAP therapy can reduce and even prevent snoring which has been known to cause noise trauma and hearing impairment. (11)

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Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Chronic back pain is a condition that plagues many people, young and old. This explains why so many people find themselves using back support braces for additional support. A study by The University of Maryland Medical Center states that 60 to 80% of adults in the U.S. have lower back pain, which is also the leading cause of disability in the country.

Causes of Back Pain

In many cases, back pain is due to strained muscles. This can be caused by anything from poor posture to awkward movements to lifting heavy items in an improper way. However, genetics and other medical conditions also play a part. Spinal deformities and scoliosis both are common reasons to buy a back brace. Others include osteoporosis, arthritis, weak spinal muscles, and stress.

Back Brace Types

Back braces are considered and orthotic type of device. They are build to immobilize, support, and treat problems related to the skeleton, joints, and muscles. It is highly common for a physician to prescribe one to be used for various problems. There are two main types of back braces on the market today. One is soft and one is hard. The harder, more rigid design is build to treat conditions such as scoliosis. They can restrict your range of movement by up to 50%.

More commonly, an elastic, soft brace will be prescribed. These compress the abdomen, along with muscles and joint sin the area. This helps to support muscles and allows you to make forward motions with the spine. A large number of back support brace users only require them when they are doing overly physical activities that might lead to injury.

Advantages of a Back Brace

There are many great things that can come of choosing to use a back brace. We’ll list a few below:

  • Can alleviate back pain
  • May immobilize injured areas to assist with recovery
  • Can make movements like standing and sitting more comfortable
  • Are able to lessen pressure on the spine with heavy lifting
  • Can improve your posture and elongate your spine

Purchase Your Own Back Brace Today

US Med offers an assortment of back braces to fit your varied needs. These devices can make walking, driving, and standing easier than you can ever remember. US Med is known for offering high-quality medical supplies and offering customer service specialists who take pleasure in helping. To learn more about our products you can reach us by phone at 877-840-8218.

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Support Braces – Back, Ankle, & Wrist

Help Protect Your Joints

Whether you are experiencing some of the common ailments that comes with aging or you have been injured in an accident, your joints may need additional support. At US MED, we offer a variety of braces and supports that are designed to help you improve your mobility and even allow your body to heal while still having use of these important parts of your body. We carry back braces, ankle support braces and wrist braces.

Reduce Your Back Pain

A back-support brace can provide you with the support your back needs to help reduce the amount of pain you experience. These back braces can be ideal for helping with regular wear and tear on the back, as well as pain related to injuries and other issues.

Ankle support

The ankles can become weak for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it’s important to find the right ankle support brace to help you walk with a more stable gait and feel less pain in your ankles, no matter how much time you spend on your feet. Our ankle support brace can help you recover from injuries, so that you don’t have to worry about staying off your feet as much.

Wrist support

Whether you have injured your wrist, had surgery or simply need a little extra support, we offer the wrist braces you need to keep your wrists more stable. You will be able to continue your daily tasks, while reducing the amount of pain you feel and helping your body heal.

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (C.G.M.)

Get Accurate Blood Glucose Monitoring

While some diabetics only need to check their blood sugar levels a couple of times a day, those who are suffering from more severe forms of diabetes may require continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This constant monitoring will ensure their glucose levels remain at safe levels, allowing them to make any necessary adjustments throughout the day. At US MED, we carry a variety of monitors designed to provide this valuable monitoring service to save lives.

Small, Wearable Devices

All of the CGM systems we carry are small and easily worn without causing too much discomfort or being obvious. We understand it’s no one’s business but yours that you suffer from diabetes and want to provide you with an accurate way to monitor your glucose levels, even when you need continuous monitoring. These monitors offer 24/7 monitoring to alert individuals of high or low glucose levels.

A Variety of Models

We don’t carry just one glucose monitoring system; we carry several models, so you can find the one that provides the best features to meet your needs. CGM is essential for individuals who are suffering from severe diabetes and need to keep a close eye on their glucose levels at all times. We make sure to offer the best brands in the business, so everyone can get the quality monitoring they need to stay healthy and ensure their disease is under control.

Browse through our selection of blood glucose monitoring tools so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

More Than Two Types of Diabetes?

More Than Two Types of Diabetes?

More Than Two Types of Diabetes?

For the past 20 years diabetes has always been classified as either type 1 or type 2, but new revelations show that there could actually be five different types.  New research such as one found in an article out of The Lancet: Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests a need for a revision to the diabetes classification system.  According to the article, despite experts expressing a need for it, not much emphasis has been given in the expansion of classifications for specific diabetic causes and severity levels.

Diabetes seems to be the fastest growing disease worldwide and known treatments don’t seem to be slowing it down or preventing long-term complications in many patients.  One possible reason is that diabetes is diagnosed based on one factor, how glucose is metabolized, but upon closer observation it is much more complex.  Today, diabetes is classified mainly by age of diagnosis, with younger patients usually having type 1, and on whether there are antibodies or not that attack beta cells which release insulin. Those with Type 1 cannot make their own insulin while those with type 2 can produce insulin but fail to utilize it properly.

New Subgroups for Diabetes.

It has been determined that between 75% and 85% of people with diabetes are classified as type 2, recently a third subgroup has been identified in recent studies known as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA).  Researchers from the University of Gothenberg and Lund University in Sweden are now claiming that additional subgroups are necessary.  To illustrate their claim they studied medical data from almost 15,000 Swedish people with type 2 diabetes and focused on not one but six factors that were documented at time of diagnosis.

  • Age
  • Body Mass Index
  • Presence of beta-cell antibodies
  • Metabolic control levels
  • Beta-cell activity
  • Insulin resistance

From this breakdown of data, five groups with considerably different characteristics emerge.

  • Severe Insulin-Resistant Diabetes (SIRD)Highest levels of insulin resistance  and highest risk of diabetic kidney disease.
  • Severe Insulin-Deficient Diabetes (SIDD)Mostly young adults with very poor metabolic control.
  • Severe Autoimmune Diabetes (SAD)Huge overlap with current type 1 diagnosis.
  • Mild Age-Related Diabetes (MARD) & Mild Obesity-Related Diabetes (MOD)Seemingly more benign forms of diabetes.

These new classifications could help distinguish high-risk patients and help doctors in prescribing more efficient treatments.  It can also be helpful to both newly diagnosed patients as well as those who have had type 2 diabetes for a long time.  Finally, it is not yet certain whether patients can move between these categories over time or if there are other factors that can further elaborate these sub-types of diabetes even further.  More in-depth studies are necessary, but it is clear that using several different factors to form a more specific diagnosis is a step in the right direction.

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