Published on June 17, 2013

Understanding Medicare's Changes For Diabetes Testing Supplies

Join staff from the Genesis Diabetes Care Center and a representative of a diabetes supply company on Tuesday, June 25 to learn more about Medicare benefit changes for diabetes patients beginning July 1.

The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Adler Health Education Center located in the lower level of the Genesis Heart Institute.  The address is 1236 East Rusholme Street, Davenport.

When the National Mail-Order Program starts on July 1, diabetes patients who are Medicare recipients and want to continue ordering testing supplies by mail will be required to use a Medicare national mail-order contract supplier. Medicare will list the contract suppliers on www.Medicare.gov/supplier.  You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for help finding a contract supplier.

If a beneficiary doesn’t want testing supplies delivered, they can buy them at select stores enrolled with Medicare.  Information will be available at the Genesis event about what to do if you don't want your diabetes testing supplies delivered to your home.

The changes in mail ordering were made when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced a competitive bidding program. The change will have no effect on beneficiaries who pick up testing supplies at a local pharmacy, but the pharmacy may not have the supplies you have been using.

The National Mail-Order Program applies to Original Medicare only. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), your plan will let you know if your supplier is changing. If you’re not sure, contact your plan.

"We want to be sure our diabetes patients understand what’s happening, ensure they are getting quality products, and, to protect themselves from fraud,” said Marsha Menke, manager of the Genesis Regional Diabetes Care Center.

For more information about the event, call the Genesis Regional Diabetes Care Center at 563-421-3261.

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