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Medicare Diabetic Supplies, What is Covered and How to Get It

diabetic-supplyIf you are currently receiving health insurance through Medicare, diabetic supplies and equipment are covered under your plan. A proactive approach to the treatment and management of diabetes is essential, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the benefits available to you.

Medicare Diabetic Supplies and Equipment

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes – whether or not you use insulin – your self-testing supplies and equipment are covered under Medicare Part B (medical insurance). Eligible equipment and supplies include:

  • glucose (blood sugar) testing monitors
  • test strips
  • lancets and lancet devices
  • blood sugar control solutions

Therapeutic shoes are also covered in some cases (see below). Under Medicare Part B, insulin is only covered when used in conjunction with an insulin pump. However, Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) covers insulin and related supplies, including syringes, needles, alcohol swabs, gauze, and insulin inhaler devices.

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Top 50 Patient Advocate Blogs 2015

Best Patient Advocate Blogs

Best Patient Advocate Blogs

These patient advocate blogs align with our philosophy and we support them so much that we have created a badge for them to put on their site showing that we endorse them as one of the top patient advocate blogs on the Internet.

The order below is not in a particular order. We believe all 50 of these patient advocate blogs deserve a place on this list and are all ranked #1 in our eyes.

  1. Trisha Torrey
    Former teacher, turned self-employed marketing consultant and now patient consumerism advocate, who enjoys my family, golf, travel and a host of other activities.
  2. CFS Patient Advocate
    Patient advocate of his housebound 36-year-old daughter in St. Paul MN with CFS/ME.
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How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you’ve sustained a crippling injury or developed a medical condition that prevents you from working, applying for Social Security disability benefits is essential for any physical or mental impairment expected to last a year or longer. It generally takes three to five months for Social Security to render a decision on a claim, so you should apply as soon as your doctor has confirmed the estimated duration of your disability.

This article will help you determine your eligibility and outline the steps you’ll need to take when applying for Social Security disability benefits.

Am I Eligible to Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration has a very strict definition of what qualifies as a disability, so even if your doctor attests to the severity and duration of your condition, it’s still possible for your claim to be denied. Benefits are not available to individuals with short-term or partial disabilities. You may apply for benefits if:

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Private Patient Advocate versus Patient Navigator

Private Patient Advocate Vs. Patient Navigator

The U.S health system is a complicated labyrinth that leaves many people confused. This is even more so when a person is sick. This situation is expected to get more complex as more changes are introduced into the system. It is for these reasons that the help of people who understand the system is important during an illness and sometimes even in good health. The private patient advocate and a patient navigator are two groups of such people.

Who is a private patient advocate and who is a patient navigator? The two play a role in assisting a person when a health service is needed but their roles are distinctly different

Private Patient Advocate

These professionals are there to see to it that a patient gets the best treatment possible. They help the patient with advice and makes sure that they are not mistreated in any way by institutions or by staff. Some of the services they offer are:

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Private Patient Advocate versus Patient Guardian

Private Patient Advocate Versus Patient Guardian

The American health care system is complicated to not only the sick but also to the healthy. It gets more difficult when the patient in question is a minor or a person who may not be able to make important medical decisions or follow instructions for one reason or the other. With these difficulties, the services of a private patient advocate and a patient guardian comes in handy. But who are these people?

Who is a Private Patient Advocate?

These are professionals who help patients and their families wade through the complicated hospitals’ care system and the whole health care system. Most of them have a background in the medical field. They may be former case managers, nurses or doctors. Many institutions have come up to train people in this growing field. The role of these advocates in patient care includes:

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Private Patient Advocate vs Medical Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

When a person is sick and the family is anxious and poorly informed on how to go through the complicated health care system, external professional assistance may be what they need. On the other hand if a person foresees a situation whereby he will not be in a position to make important decisions because of matters related to an illness he may want to entrust a certain person to see to it that the patient’s wishes are followed. These two situations call for the services of a private patient advocate and someone given the medical power of attorney. What are the differences between these two people?

Private patient advocate

These are professionals hired by a patient or by the relatives or other persons responsible to the patient so as to help the patient get the best possible treatment during an illness. This arrangement is made necessary due to the complex nature of the American health system. Some of the services offered by these advocates include:

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Private Patient Advocate vs Hospital Patient Advocate

Private Patient Advocate

The world health care system is complicated and more so in the U.S. In this country, the system could be more complex than in any other country. Things are not made any easier when a person is sick and cannot think clearly. On top of this, helpful information may not be readily available from hospital stuff. It is at this time that the service of a private patient advocate and a hospital patient advocate may come in handy. But who are these advocates and how do they differ from one another?

Who is a private patient advocate?

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“The Advocate” TV Series Coming to ABC

The Advocate TV Series

Kim Raver has been set to lead and Joy Bryant is set as the co-lead in ABC drama pilot “The Advocate,”

The medical drama will be spearheaded by Sheldon Turner, who wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Jennifer Klein of Vendetta Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Story follows type-A business woman Francis “Frankie” Reese (Raver), who has a medical scare, only to be dangerously misdiagnosed leading her to experience first-hand the hazards of our healthcare system.

Shocking her friends and family, Frankie leaves her career behind, becoming instead a brilliant and relentless advocate for anyone caught in the chaotic and ever-changing maze that is modern medicine.

Patient Advocate is a growing business from patients to find the voice in healthcare. We are excited to hear a TV series like this is soon to be released and will be watching.

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The Link between Chemotherapy and Anemia

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Chemotherapy and Anemia

Overview: How blood is formed – erythropoiesis

To understand the link between chemotherapy and anemia, it is important to understand how blood cells are formed in normal circumstances.

The blood forming process starts from stem cells called hemocytoblasts. These cells are not differentiated meaning that they can develop into any of the types of bloods cells known. The first stage of differentiation occurs when two types of cells are formed. On one side common myeloid progenitor cells are formed while on the other, common lymphoid progenitor cells are formed. The myeloid progenitor cells are the precursors of what later differentiates into red blood cell (also known as erythrocytes), mast cell, myeloblasts and megakaryocytes. The myeloblasts further differentiate to form basophils, neutrophils, eosinophils and monocytes. The final process on the myeloblast side is when monocytes finally form macrophages. Meanwhile the megakaryocytes finally differentiate to thrombocytes.

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Stop Your Fear of a Prostate Exam

Prostate Exam

Don’t let fear ruin your life.

If you are a male nearing your 40s and 50s it is vital for your health to take the time to do a prostate exam. Avoiding this simple procedure could provoke missing something as life threatening as cancer. A test that only takes a few minutes when done by a professional, a prostate exam is a simple addition to health checks that could make the difference in enjoying a healthy life or not.

What is the prostate exam looking for anyway? The test is searching for three different medical disturbances that maybe going on:

  • This one is a bit obvious, but the first situation that is looked at is prostate cancer, which is considered to by the National Cancer Institute to be the most common type of deadliest cancer. They estimate there to be 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in 2012.
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