Access To Diabetic Test Strips Jeopardized In CMS Competitive Bidding Areas
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
A new program to cut Medicare spending could threaten access to medical products that doctors recommend and patients favor, according to early indicators that emerged last week.
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The American Association of Diabetes Educators surveyed suppliers participating in the nationwide competitive bidding system for mail-ordered diabetes testing systems and found that they are not offering access to as many brands as they initially promised in their bids.
The Office of Inspector General’s fiscal 2013 work plan outlines new projects to monitor costly overpayments for Medicare durable medical equipment and realize additional cost savings in the Medicaid program.
Manufacturer rebate programs are typically associated with pharmaceuticals, but they have also come into play during the past five to 10 years for diabetes testing supplies. And momentum may be growing.