A Medicare program designed to save money and make things easier for their beneficiaries with diabetes actually appears to have increased costs, increased hospitalizations, and even increased deaths.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services claims the program for diabetes testing supplies poses no health threat. However, a peer-reviewed journal article recently published in Diabetes Care (fee for full article access) shows otherwise (press release (3/2016)), (press release (12/2015, includes a free link to the white paper the published article is based on)).
I was really moved by a recent newsletter from Dr. Steve Edelman & Dr. Jeremy Pettus about diabetes complications and asked for permission to share their thoughts with you.
When Diabetes Gets Complicated
And what could be more complicated than complications? Yes, that’s right. It’s not a fun or funny topic. In fact, it’s the opposite of those things, but it is something that we do need to talk about. What we want to discuss is not how to prevent them, or the rates of complications, or other “medical” things, but rather the struggle we all face when confronting them. Steve and I have different perspectives on this, so I thought it would be relevant to talk about this from our different viewpoints – myself having never really developed complications (knock on wood), and Steve having a few that he can talk about. This is really a result of when we were diagnosed and how much things have changed relatively quickly. We hope that you will all find something you can relate to in our stories that represent the history of diabetes over the last several decades. (more…)
I like podcasts. I listen to them as often as I can and I feel blessed that there are so many great diabetes podcasts to choose from.
I actually have a diabetes podcast to thank for bringing a very important person into my life. George Simmons would not have found the diabetes online community when he did if it weren’t for Christel’s Diabetic Feed podcast. My world would be much different if G-Money hadn’t found that podcast.
Brad made a quick video with everything you need to know about Spare A Rose in less than one minute.
If you’re ready to jump right to it and donate, that’s great! Head to http://SpareARose.org/give/
Maybe money is tight right now? No worries, I understand. We understand. Spreading the word about this campaign is also very helpful, doesn’t cost a thing, and is very much appreciated.
If you really want to dig into the nitty-gritty details or do something extra great (like get your workplace involved), visit SpareARose.org.
Huge thanks to Brad Slaight (Meter Boy of Diabetes Hero Squad) for making this wonderful video!
A handful of PSA’s about prediabetes have been created through an exciting collaboration with the Ad Council, the American Medical Association (AMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Take this “Busy Moms“, for example.
I enjoy helping friends. Friends like Dr. Oser. We first met at a CWD Focus on Technology some years back, and I’m happy to say we’re now working together on CWD’s Friends for Life ‘Adults with Type 1’ track. We even wore matching uniforms one-day last summer…
Jill Weissberg-Benchell, a psychologist and CDE in Chicago (and a dear friend) is inviting people with T1D and their loved ones (partners, spouses, parents) to participate in a focus group with other PWD to talk about your hopes and expectations of new diabetes technology.
Continuous glucose monitoring is an important part of my diabetes management. I don’t like that people covered by Medicare are being denied coverage for this useful tool.
I’m in the middle of a very busy flurry of travel.
A 9:00 pm touchdown Saturday night, a rush repack of my suitcase, and a takeoff scheduled for 8:00 am the very next morning had me desperate for five or six hours of sleep before heading out again.
Diabetes wasn’t trying to hear it.
I made my flight, but I’m a little tired today. And every time I dozed off during the flights, I worried about punching my neighbor…
I love this moment in Living Vertical’s Project 365 film, a short documentary where Steve Richert takes his type 1 diabetes on a nation-wide climbing journey for an entire year.
On the road to success, there are no shortcuts