Diabetes Health in the News: Medicare to Pay for Complex Medical Care

A new set of Medicare rules put into effect on January 1, 2017 will help to more adequately pay physicians for the time-consuming work of managing chronic healthcare needs among older patients. Under these new rules, physicians will be paid for the legwork associated with working in healthcare teams to improve care for older adults with hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, and similar serious health issues.

Read more

Seniors with More Friends Have Better Preventive Care

A new UK study suggests that older adults with larger social networks most frequently use their preventive health care benefits. This study came from analyzing about 5,300 UK adults born in 1964. Over the course of several decades, they were surveyed about their social relationships and the frequency in which they engaged in health checkups, immunizations, cancer screenings, and blood pressure assessments. Surveys ended once

Read more

Combined Immunosuppressive Therapy Helps with Type B Insulin Resistance

Researchers believe that the use of a combined immunosuppressive regimen including rituximab, cyclophosphamide, and steroid pulses is both safe and effective when treating patients with type B insulin resistance. This was found true when the immunosuppressant was followed by azathioprine maintenance therapy. The study involved 22 patients with type B insulin resistance. Approximately 84% of those who received the combined immunosuppressive therapy achieved remission within

Read more

Diabetes Health: Making Healthcare Work Better For Everyone

Today, 20 million more Americans have insurance because of the ACA, bringing our uninsured rate to an all-time low. Since the ACA was enacted, health care prices have been rising at the slowest rate in five decades. And with new protections and benefits, everyone’s insurance provides preventive services at no extra cost, can’t cap coverage, and isn’t allowed to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. This

Read more

Diabetes Evolutions: The Office Visit

The logbook was the thing. That little sheaf of pages, divided into box after box after box. Inside, filled-in blood glucose numbers from one day to the next, one time to the next. You would carry the logbook into your endocrinologist’s office. He or she would shuffle through the numbers, sometimes averaging them out with a pocket calculator. How accurate were those logbook numbers? They

Read more

Diabetes Health Type 1: Celebrity Chef Sam Talbot

North Carolina-born chef Sam Talbot first came to national attention when he placed third in the Season 2 run of Bravo’s Top Chef  TV competition. Sam, who has type 1 diabetes and wears a tubeless OmniPod insulin pump (and also will be blogging tips for managing diabetes at the patient blog Suite D), held the executive chef position at several New York City restaurants, including

Read more

Diabetes Health In The News: Collaborative Care with Pharmacists Improves Care for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes receive better care when they are treated by a multidisciplinary collaborative care team, a study revealed. These findings were reported by the National University of Singapore, which conducted a six-month trial with patients selected from four health institutions. These patients were over 21 years old and had been diagnosed with polypharmacy, comorbidities, and uncontrolled type 2

Read more

Diabetes Health in the News: Medicare to Pay for Complex Medical Care

A new set of Medicare rules put into effect on January 1, 2017 will help to more adequately pay physicians for the time-consuming work of managing chronic healthcare needs among older patients. Under these new rules, physicians will be paid for the legwork associated with working in healthcare teams to improve care for older adults with hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, and similar serious health issues.

Read more

Diabetes Health in the News: Providers May Be Challenged by Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, which are slated to begin in 2018. While the program has over a year until it starts, stakeholders are arguing that it is too burdensome and demanding for providers to meet meaningful use success goals. Some of the greatest challenges are expected to be submittal of clinical quality measure reports

Read more

Diabeteshealth.com Redesign

By now, you have already noticed that our site is going through a redesign. All the feedback about the new look has been very positive. We encountered some glitches that we are still working out. The diabeteshealth.com site was built ten years ago. It was a custom site, which on the back end is a dinosaur in digital years. Transferring data with the newest technology

Read more