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Integrated Diabetes Services is the worldwide leader in one-on-one consulting for people who use insulin. Diabetes “coaching” services are available in-person and remotely via phone and the internet for children and adults.

Medicare to Begin Covering CGMs… But Are You “Worthy”?

By | 2017-01-18T19:43:13+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Diabetes Bites, January 2017 Newsletter|

After more than a decade of advocacy efforts, Medicare will finally start to cover CGM. However, coverage will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Are you CGM-Worthy???

New faster rapid-acting insulin coming soon

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:34+00:00 October 18th, 2016|October 2016 Newsletter|

As fast as rapid-acting insulin is, the phrase "slower than molasses in January" is a better descriptor for how quickly it works as compared to the insulin made by a normally functioning pancreas. It takes about 4 hours for it to finish working, for crying out loud! In the not-so-distant future, we may have insulins available that improve upon the action of our currently-approved mealtime insulins.

Free support & mentoring for living with diabetes

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:34+00:00 October 18th, 2016|October 2016 Newsletter|

Tens of millions worldwide have some form of diabetes, and an estimated 60% or more don’t know anyone else in their lives who lives with diabetes as well. Are you one of them? Learn about a free support system!

Support Omnipod’s Pursuit of Medicare Coverage

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:36+00:00 September 16th, 2016|September 2016 Newsletter|

Help make sure people with diabetes have access to the equipment they need once they begin Medicare coverage.  A few clicks is all it takes to support this important effort. The Omnipod tubeless insulin pump has changed the lives of thousands of people living with diabetes. This system was cleared by the FDA over 10 years ago and is still the only FDA-cleared insulin delivery device NOT reimbursed by Medicare.  As a result, many stand to lose access to the Omnipod system when they transition from private health insurance and into Medicare. Recently, several prestigious organizations have joined in the effort to ensure that people with diabetes don’t lose access to the Omnipod® Insulin Management System once they are no longer covered by private insurance. These include: American Diabetes Association American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists American Association of Diabetes Educators Endocrine Society Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Now, you can join the cause.  And all it takes is TWO CLICKS.  You can quickly and easily engage your Members of Congress who serve on the committees that are most influential with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for Medicare.  Click here to send a letter.  A suggested letter has already been written that you can edit if you wish.  All you need to do is enter your name, email and address, and the online service will automatically email your letter to the appropriate offices.  If you don’t think this can make a difference, you’re quite mistaken.  Many healthcare policies have been changed and improved through this type of “grass roots” effort.  Your personal involvement in this effort can make a real difference!

Events: Back to School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:40+00:00 July 20th, 2016|July 2016 Newsletter|

Back to School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes You will hear from parents and advocates who have been there - on behalf of their own children and through their work with other parents who want to keep their children safe at school!

Practical CGM – by Gary Scheiner

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:41+00:00 July 20th, 2016|July 2016 Newsletter|

An invaluable source for people with diabetes as well as the diabetes experts who care for them. Use of real-time continuous glucose monitors among people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is growing rapidly and should continue to grow until an artificial pancreas is brought to market.

Diabetes Patient Advocacy

By | 2016-12-08T23:26:44+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

By Bennet Dunlap -- Father of Two T1 Kids and Diabetes Advocate (It is OK to Skip to the Shortcuts Below  :-D) If you are on Gary’s email list, you know that learning to live with diabetes is not easy. We have all learned that just about everything makes diabetes care a little harder; activity, food, mood, attitude and more. It is an unwelcome addition to the list, but I’ve got one more - policy. Policy interacts with diabetes in many ways, at many levels. There are more than three dozen federal agencies that touch diabetes care, safety, access, and quality. State policy impacts schools, diabetes education, and even protocols to protect glucose testing from spreading infection in care facilities. Just as patient-healthcare teams create the best diabetes care, advocacy is the most successful when health professionals and patients work together. A Faster Cure’s white paper on health policy change says: The gold standard should be to have both scientific expertise and a group of patients who can speak both to the science AND the urgency needed to make change. - Back to Basics Better policy happens when officials hear the real needs of constituents. But for many people who care about diabetes, learning the intricacies of advocacy is just one thing too many. That is totally fair. Somebody Needs to Make Diabetes Advocacy Shortcuts. Fortunately, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) can help. People who live with diabetes founded the Coalition with the goal of making policy actions easy. DPAC helps more voices speak on gaps in the diabetes policy landscape. The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition works with the policy teams at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist [...]