CBP + Diabetes = Disaster

This is short and sweet and strictly to the point.

hands-talking-1311915-640x480People with diabetes on Medicare in the United States are on the front lines of a disaster: the Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) for diabetes testing supplies. Medicare thought it was a great way to save money and after a pilot program in nine test markets, gave it a thumbs up for safety and penny-pinching.

Except…. they’re wrong. It’s not safe and it’s not cost-effective and it’s killing people with diabetes, sending them to the hospital more than ever before, and costing the U.S. healthcare system (and patients) more money. However, they refuse to admit that, telling Congress that everything is hunky-dory. There is proof now showing their pants are on fire. We, as a community, need to help them put that fire out.

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition is holding a presentation on Wednesday, December 15th at 1pm Eastern with Dr. Gary Puckrein, Ph.D, CEO and President of the National Minority Quality Forum to share the results of the study (which are scary) and then discussing what needs to happen.

It’s Wednesday at 1pm Eastern and DPAC is inviting you to join. Click here and register (and it’s a Go To Webinar program, so you can watch it on your phone or computer or tablet…).

Why is it important for you to attend?

Even if you are not Medicare eligible, there are repercussions to this program. Medicaid insurance programs often follow what Medicare is doing and then… commercial insurance programs follow suit.

You will be impacted – if not now, then soon, regardless of your age.

Find out how to stop this program before it’s too late. 

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One comment

  1. Dan

    HI Christel,
    I am suggesting an alternative suggestion to this CBP. Many local governments and States have modified this process. In plan terms what one desires is the lowest cost With the Best criteria for the possible product and or service. Meaning what does one require to obtain the best possible outcomes! This would require that Medicare define what best practices are to maximize the best possible outcomes when using a given product. The real fight is over the determination of the necessary criteria that the necessary bid for a given product can prove the ability to obtain success as part of the filing of the bid document. This starts with the bidding process. Having to prove failure is not the time to fix the issue. Hope this helps and as always have a great day.
    Dan

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