"This is good both for cost reduction and patient compliance," says Scott Taillie, director of national accounts at Instant Technologies Inc.
"Medicare reimburses for up to 100 glucose strips in a month, the equivalent of three tests a day, but this is not always enough.
And, worse, non-insulin dependent users are reimbursed only for 100 strips every three months.
Depending on the severity of their diseases, diabetics must monitor their blood between three and 10 or more times daily.
says insurance companies can purchase bulk amounts of strips and meters directly from vendors at reasonable rates.
"Whereas Medicare may reimburse a diabetic patient $66 for a monitor and $35 for 50 glucose strips, an insurance company can usually purchase a meter for about $20 and pay $14 for 50 strips directly from the vendor," he
"It's all about ease of use for diabetics," says Taillie
"Results are stored online," says Taillie
"Each time the user tests, the phone automatically sends a text message to a central office database.
adds that only if a device is user friendly will people actually use it.
and Ramsey agree with Cotton that screening patients to determine who is hyperglycemic or diabetic is an important first step, but that caregivers and patients must know how to use this information.
"Screening goes hand-in-hand with education, and hospitals and wellness centers can play a greater role in educating the general public," says Taillie