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Medicare Bidding Program Puts Diabetic Patients in Danger
Date:7/11/2013

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) warned today that the controversial Medicare bidding program for diabetic testing supplies is endangering beneficiaries by requiring the use of generic testing strips and monitors that are under scrutiny by physicians and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for inaccurate readings.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has touted that the controversial bidding program will cut the reimbursement rate for diabetic testing supplies by more than 70 percent by delivering the supplies via mail-order. But as the program began on July 1, the FDA and physicians are scurrying to address widespread unreliability among testing materials sold via mail order.

Inaccurate readings can be life threatening to diabetics who self-monitor their glucose levels and administer insulin based on the readings.

This week, Dr. Richard Kahn, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, cited the severity of the issue in an article in RollCall.

"The problem is that just as the Medicare train pulled out of the station, we've discovered a quality issue with diabetes self-monitoring blood glucose systems that will only be exacerbated by competitive bidding," wrote Kahn, who is the former chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association. "At a meeting in May, attende
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