Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and diabetes: New link to the pandemic in newly diagnosed diabetics.

“Mihail Zilbermint is used to treating diabetes — he heads a special team that cares for patients with the metabolic disorder at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.,” Erin Blakemore wrote over at The Washington Post “But as the hospital admitted increasing numbers of patients with covid-19, his caseload ballooned. ‘Before, we used to manage maybe […]

Top 10 most expensive chronic diseases for healthcare payers: Healthpayer Intelligence

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Top 10 most expensive chronic diseases for healthcare payers: Healthpayer Intelligence

“Chronic diseases are on the rise in the United States, leaving healthcare payers with the challenge of covering care for patients with these expensive, long-term conditions,” Thomas Beaton writes over at Healthpayer Intelligence. “Healthcare spending reached a total of $3.2 trillion dollars in 2015, based upon estimates from CMS. Spending is expected to continue to […]

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

“Splashing around in the pool, skin slick with sunscreen, Shane Butcher was a normal 9-year-old kid on a perfect summer day. And then he wasn’t,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He floated toward the edge of the pool, energy suddenly replaced by a vacant expression, his blood sugar plummeting so low he […]

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“At age 15, I suddenly felt an unquenchable thirst and began urinating frequently. I lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s ability to produce insulin,” Dr. David M. Tridgell wrote at The Washington Post not long ago. “Without insulin, I would have eventually developed a condition […]

Making Insulin Affordable: Foreign Affairs

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Making Insulin Affordable:  Foreign Affairs

James Elliott is convinced that the statistics describing the prevalence of type 1 diabetes are misleading,” Fran Quigley writes in Foreign Affairs. “’People say that there is little or no type 1 diabetes in poor countries,’ he says. ‘But that is because all of the people who had it are dead.’ Elliott, a health researcher […]

Studies Show Diabetes Members’ Overall Costs: AIS Health

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Studies Show Diabetes Members’ Overall Costs: AIS Health

“A group of commercially insured members with diabetes cost two-and-a-half times what a similar group without the condition cost, according to a recent analysis of pharmacy and medical claims data,” Angela Maas writes at AIS Health. “But when members with diabetes took a statin to prevent heart disease per 2013 updated guidelines, their risk for […]

A doctor’s view on payments: Cherry-picking and lemon-dropping

Guest post summary: “The dirty little secret of current medical payment changes is doctors and hospitals now have a financial incentive to not provide care for some patients, those who put the providers at higher risk of financial penalties. We call this phenomenon cherry-picking and lemon dropping,” writes Mary O’Connor, M.D., Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, […]

You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You? | Kaiser Health News

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Summary: “As anyone who needs insulin to treat diabetes can tell you, that usually means regular checkups at the doctor’s office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications. But here’s a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bought without a prescription,” writes Sarah Jane Tribble on Kaiser Health […]

Diabetes test strips: How much do they cost? 15 cents or $1.50 each.

Summary: Diabetes test strips can cost a lot. We heard prices ranging from  15 cents a strip, to $9 for a box of 50 strips (18 cents each) up to $1.50 per strip. A little more than 60 cents a strip is not uncommon. The strips are used by diabetics to test their blood glucose. […]

Diabetes test strips: $87.99 — or $12.99, or $9 — for 50. Cheaper without insurance? Quite possibly.

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Summary: We have turned our attention to crowdsourcing the prices of diabetes test strips. Early results are in, and  we are seeing as much as $87.99 or $25 for a box of 50. Best price so far: $9 for 50 at Wal-Mart, or $12.99 for 50, with the iPhone (thanks, @T1Runner !) Also, it looks like what […]