Life with Diabetes

Trouble in Reimbursement City

We’ve been asking the question, “How soon will insurance providers start covering continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices?”  But it seems the more accurate inquiry would be, “Why won’t insurance providers ‘reimburse’ for CGM devices any time soon?”
There are some serious barriers in the way, as I’ve experienced personally in the last few weeks, submitting multiple claims for my DexCom supplies — and receiving rejection after complicated rejection.  Each “Explanation of Benefits” form from Blue…

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Avandia DREAMs

So I’m sure you’ve all seen the headlines by now: “Drug helps head off Type 2 diabetes,” “Glaxo drug may prevent diabetes,” “Avandia a diabetes DREAM?,” and so on. 

                                                                                           What the flurry’s all about is the recent annoucement of results from the DREAM study (Diabetes Reduction Assessment with ramipril and rosiglitazone Medication) — the largest diabetes prevention study ever conducted, which shows convincing evidence that the insulin sensitizer drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) dramatically
reduces the chance…

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Healthcare is Hot, But is it Consumer- Driven?

New cover story of BusinessWeek: Healthcare is driving the US economy.  Healthcare!  1.7 million new jobs since 2001.  The main region of job growth is what BW calls the “Health Belt,” stretching from Maine to Pennsylvania, across the Midwest, and then down South.
Amazing.  The article features former insurance and appliance salesfolks who now have lucrative jobs in nursing.  And small towns that thrive off the growth of local hospitals and clinics.
The question of…

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Laughing, with Needles

So the folks over at dLife.com finally got around to posting my feature article on Laura Menninger, aka the “Glucose Goddess” — funny lady with diabetes extraordinaire.  Again, they placed the article in an incredibly difficult spot to find, with a long, unwieldy URL that you would never remember.  (So use the link above instead).
And here’s the photo that should have accompanied the article, rather than that boring headshot of me.  What were they…

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Chair-less Classrooms to Fight Obesity

While we’re on the subject of Back to School, here’s a tip just in from the friendly skies (i.e. I read it on the plane last week): researchers from the renowned Mayo Clinic have designed what they believe to be the first classroom without chairs.  Instead, “students write standing at podiums on wheels or take spelling tests sprawled on carpet squares.”
Mayo obesity researcher Dr. James Levine studies the connection between everyday movement and weight.…

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