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Apr
15

Time to requalify for pump supplies

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Untitled-6The first quarter of 2014 is passed and this is a good time of year to restock and stay on a healthy track. Diabetes Management & Supplies is here to help. We will work with you, your insurance and your doctor to ensure you are equipped with the needed supplies. If you are an existing insulin pump user, spring is the annual requalifying period.

Our documentation team is busy updating your file this quarter so we will be ready for your next order when you are due. They will request an updated physician’s order form your doctor along with your current chart notes and a 30 blood glucose log. If you download your pump in their office, that information will be sufficient for the log requirement. Please remember this log must show that pump users test their blood sugars a minimum of four times a day. Your doctor’s chart notes must include that you continue to perform this action in order for you to continue to receive your supplies. The chart notes should also document that you are being seen by the doctor every three months so he or she can oversee your diabetes care with a team of educators, nurses and dieticians.

Please email your blood sugar logs to us at your convenience or fax to (504) 734-7164. Additionally, you may contact one of our documentation representatives for assistance if you should have any questions on this procedure.

When you are ready to place your reorder, please call us at 1-888-738-7929 or send an email to customerservice@diabetesms.com and a DMS representative will contact you promptly.

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Mar
19

Insulin pumps give options for glucose control

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As our understanding of diabetes increases, people living with diabetes are being given an expanded tool box of products and devices that can be used for treatment and daily management. Insulin pumps have been used since the 70s so as a category they are not new. They have, however, increased in popularity as the technology associated with them has evolved. Insulin delivery through a pump is popular with people with extremely busy lifestyles and the pumps may provide a more stable, consistent blood sugar control.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), offers an Insulin Pump 101 for those new to pumping and as an update on the latest features of the new class of insulin pumps. The pump parts and associated terminology are explained.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) isn’t mandatory when using an insulin pump, but CGMs and insulin pumps are being lauded as the “dynamic duo” of blood sugar control. A CGM automatically takes several blood sugar readings throughout the day, sends alerts for extreme readings and feeds those levels to the insulin pump. The goal would be blood sugar control that is consistently stable.

The CGM reads blood sugar levels every one to five minutes and shows whether a person’s blood sugar is rising or falling. Combining CGM with pump therapy can provide a method to monitor and manage blood glucose levels. The information obtained can also help to fine-tune the pump settings.

A recent article of Diabetes Forecasts gave an overview of how one man and his health team determined the best combination for him. See CGMs and Insulin Pumps 2013: Is this dynamic duo the right choice for you?

tslim_front_high_angled_view_02The diabetes educators at Diabetes Management & Supplies can help you decide if pump therapy is right for you and help take the fear out of using an insulin pump.

They can also provide insulin pump training on all major insulin pumps. Working with your doctor, the educators can also help pumpers improve their control by helping them fine tune pump settings and avoid fluctuations in blood glucose as well as other pump and infusion site issues.

In addition to pump therapy, our educators can also teach people with diabetes how to use a CGM. For more information on specific monitoring or insulin delivery needs, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

Also see: Survey offers insight on pump therapy

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Mar
19

Survey offers insight on pump therapy

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profile_survey_0Blood sugar control is not “one-size-fits-all,” so a variety of products and supplies are available to help each person find a perfect fit when it comes to medication and monitoring. Diabetes Management & Supplies offers a survey tool that can assist in helping to determine what tools and products are best for you.

As our understanding of diabetes increases, people living with diabetes are being given an expanded tool box of products and devices that can be used for treatment and daily management. Insulin pumps have been used since the 70s so as a category they are not new. They have, however, increased in popularity as the technology associated with them has evolved. Insulin delivery through a pump is popular with people with extremely busy lifestyles and the pumps may provide a more stable, consistent blood sugar control.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), offers an Insulin Pump 101 for those new to pumping and as an update on the latest features of the new class of insulin pumps. The pump parts and associated terminology are explained.

insulinpump_bearContinuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) isn’t mandatory when using an insulin pump, but CGMs and insulin pumps are being lauded as the “dynamic duo” of blood sugar control. A CGM automatically takes several blood sugar readings throughout the day, sends alerts for extreme readings and feeds those levels to the insulin pump. The goal would be blood sugar control that is consistently stable.

The CGM reads blood sugar levels every one to five minutes and shows whether a person’s blood sugar is rising or falling. Combining CGM with pump therapy can provide a method to monitor and manage blood glucose levels. The information obtained can also help to fine-tune the pump settings.

Visit the Diabetes Management & Supplies Products section or click on the box above to take the brief survey to learn more about options for monitoring and medication delivery.

Dec
24

DMS ready to meet needs of insulin pump users

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If you are an insulin pump user, you can easily transition your supply services to Diabetes Management & Supplies.

Start now, using one of the following methods:

Diabetes Management & Supplies has been selected as a provider of insulin pumps and insulin pump supplies in seven of the nine specified Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) currently affected by the Competitive Bidding Program (CB), effective January 1, 2014. (See specific listing below)

The Competitive Bidding Program began a few years ago and continues to expand as contracts expire in the appointed MSAs. Only contract winners for each MSA may supply patients with the designated items in a particular category.

DMS is one ofthe largest national diabetes supply companies and has been servicing patient for more than 15 years.  Therefore, our experienced staff islooking forward to serving you if you are affected by this change.

Metropolitan  Statistical Areas Included

  • Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
  • Kansas City, Missouri- Kansas
  • Charlotte – Gastonia- Rock Hill, North Carolina- South Carolina
  • Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio- Kentucky-Indiana

 

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Sep
26

Tandem combines touchscreen, insulin pump

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Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works … To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”

Those were the words of the late Steve Jobs in an interview with Wired in February 1996. More than a decade later, Tandem Diabetes Care took this idea to heart with its new t:slim touchscreen insulin pump, which it designed after conducting a remarkable 4,000 in-depth interviews with patients, healthcare providers, and caregivers. Tandem really wanted to get inside the minds of people who take insulin – pumpers and non-pumpers alike. The new pump was approved by the FDA in November 2011 (see new now next in diaTribe #38) and launched just last month. I was able to get trained on the t:slim at Tandem’s San Diego headquarters soon after it launched, and what follows is my experience wearing the device over the past week. So far, three themes have emerged: some clear differences from other pumps, a focus on simplicity and convenience, and an attention to safety.

tslim-personal-profilePart One: Differences from Other Pumps

Adam’s Favorites

  • iPhone-like touchscreen
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Highly customizable “personal profiles” for insulin delivery

From the minute I opened the shipping box, it was clear that the t:slim pump was somewhat different from other pumps I’ve used – included with the pump were a USB charging cable and adapters for both the wall and car. Even the included user manual comes on a credit-card-like thumb drive. But the most obvious difference between the t:slim and other pumps is the touchscreen. I found this to be the most compelling feature of the pump and a major departure from the button-driven devices I’ve used since I began pumping in 2002.

For complete article on t:slim, visit diaTribe for full review

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Aug
13

Changes affect insulin pumpers, test strips

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cgm_200Ongoing changes in the way insurance companies cover the costs of durable medical equipment (DME) may affect how insulin pump patients get diabetes testing supplies. Getting and using the correct testing strip, in particular, is important to the operation of insulin pumps. The needed strips may still be covered by insurance, but the new rules may assign a higher copay to these supplies or change where and how strips can be purchased.

A drug copay is the patient’s share of the cost of a drug or DME. The remaining cost is paid by the health plan or insurance company.

Periodically, insurance companies make revisions to their prescription drug programs that may involve excluding certain drugs/DME or shifting items between tiers (i.e. from a lower copay to a higher copay, or vice versa). These changes are often in response to the availability of lower cost alternatives, such as generic or over-the-counter drugs, or a change in the pricing contract with manufacturers.

Most insurance plans have “tiered copayment levels.” With tiered copays, each drug or needed item is in one of several levels. And there’s a different copayment for each level.

For example:

  • Tier-one prescription items may include low-cost generics
  • Tier-two prescription items may include higher-cost generics and lower-cost brand drugs/DME
  • Tier-three prescription items may include higher-cost brand drugs/DME
  • Tier-four prescription drugs may include much higher-cost medications – such as some cancer drugs – and instead of a copay, you may pay a percentage of the actual cost of the drug or item

Diabetes Management & Supplies is aware of these changes, and our staff stands ready to assist our insulin pump customers in making sure they continue to get the most appropriate strips for their insulin pumps. If you are having difficulty navigating these changes or if you have questions about the use of your pump or its accessories, call our Insulin Pump Info Line at 1-888-738-7929.

DMS offers a wide range of insulin pumps and accessories. Visit our Product Directory to view available devices and supplies.

DMS also offers insulin pump training and accredited diabetes education services. For more information on specific insulin pump needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929 or email an educator at education@diabetesms.com.

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Jun
22

Sharing testing info arms patient, doctors

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doctor_glucoseYou may have often heard the saying “knowledge is power,” but it can be more than just a slogan in your efforts to achieve and maintain good blood sugar control. A recent study reveals more positive results when patients bring their blood sugar measuring device and the reading logs to regular doctor’s appointments.

A report given at a meeting of endocrinology specialists showed that only 30 percent of diabetes patients bring their blood sugar readings to visits, but those who did experienced large A1C improvements as compared to those who left the readings at home.

If you are living with diabetes, you may use a variety or combination of methods to obtain a snapshot into your blood sugar control. These include finger-stick blood sugar monitors and continuous glucose monitoring devices also called CGMs.

The DMS products section contains an extensive catalog of the industry’s top products and supplies including all major insulin pumps, blood sugar testing supplies and continuous glucose monitoring devices.

Product lines available include Tandem, Medtronic, Animas, Roche, Insulet, Smiths Medical and Dexcom. Visit our full product directory at www.diabetesms/products and call 1-888-738-7929 for customer service or to inquire about our education and support services.

For more on why your stack of test results may improve your control, read the complete article at Healio.com, an endocrinology journal.

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Jun
12

T:slim brings smartphone feel to insulin pump

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Image_Pump_in_PocketThe Tandem t:slim Insulin Pump is the latest addition to the quality line of products available through Diabetes Management & Supplies. The t:slim is the first insulin pump with a touch screen featuring a new design approach and the features most requested by users of insulin pumps.

The t:slim Pump is the slimmest pump on the market, but it packs a lot of power.  A unique pumping mechanism, and the latest lithium-polymer rechargeable technology allows the t:slim Pump to pack a 300-unit reservoir and up to seven days of power into its slim, sleek case. The smooth, compact design allows it to easily slip into a pocket or be worn discreetly under clothing.

Features of the t:slim

  • Color touch screen
  • Micro delivery technology
  • 300-unit cartridge
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Watertight body (can get wet!)
  • USB connectivity
  • Comes with t:connect software

DMS_orderDiabetes Management & Supplies, your partner in proactive diabetes control, has an online order form to help make the task of ordering testing and medication supplies easier.

The DMS products section contains an extensive catalog of the industry’s top products and supplies including all major insulin pumps, blood sugar testing supplies and continuous glucose monitoring devices.

Other product lines available include Medtronic, Animas, Roche, Insulet, Smiths Medical and Dexcom. Visit our full product directory at www.diabetesms/products and call 1-888-738-7929 for customer service or to inquire about our education and support services.

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May
03

Walking path to improved control, health

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about-walk-groupSome of the biggest hindrances to starting an exercise program are choosing an exercise, finding the time to do it and the expense of exercising. The easiest solution is to walk away from those obstacles. Really, just walk away!

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers a few guidelines to make walking or any exercise safe and effective. They suggest people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, or the general adult public should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes most days. Walking, gardening, doing yard work, swimming, or cleaning house will all work to meet this goal. Anything that increases your heart rate and causes you to break a light sweat.

Walking is both popular and highly recommended for people with diabetes. It’s easy, relaxing and can be done practically anywhere. Brisk walking is a viable solution that only requires a place to walk and a good pair of shoes.

Diabetes Management & Supplies can help with the selection and fitting of shoes customized to your needs. This newsletter article “The Benefits of a Properly Fitted Shoe for People with Diabetes” offers valuable information on shoes and DMS contact needed to arrange a fitting. You can also call 888-738-7929 to arrange a shoe fitting.

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Apr
19

Online order requests aid diabetes control

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DMS_orderDiabetes Management & Supplies, your partner in proactive diabetes control, has recently added an online order form to help make the task of ordering testing and medication supplies easier.  The DMS products section contains an extensive catalog of the industry’s top products and supplies including all major insulin pumps, blood sugar testing supplies and continuous glucose monitoring devices.

After visiting the products section of the Web site or after consult with your physician to learn your specific need, you can click on the DMS “Order Supplies Here” graphic to access a form that will get your medical and contact information and give you an opportunity to list the supplies or products you need. When you complete the form, the DMS customer service department takes care of getting the needed documentation or prescriptions from your physician. They will make phone contact with you and insure that the needed supplies are quickly mailed to your door. You can also request regular shipments when your supplies need replenishing.

As our understanding of diabetes increases, people living with diabetes are being given an expanded tool box of products and devices that can be used for treatment and daily management. Insulin pumps have been used since the 1970s. So, as a category, they are not new. They have, however, increased in popularity as the technology associated with them has evolved. Insulin delivery through a pump is popular with people with extremely busy lifestyles and the pumps may provide a more stable, consistent blood sugar control.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), offers an Insulin Pump 101 for those new to pumping and as an update on the latest features of the new class of insulin pumps. The pump parts and associated terminology are explained.

Diabetes Management & Supplies also offers a survey tool that can assist in helping to determine what tools and products are best for you. Visit Diabetes Management & Supplies or click HERE to take the brief survey to learn more about options for monitoring and medication delivery.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.