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Letter From The Editor

This week the CMS announced that they will start to publish the amount of money that is paid to prescribers for Medicare patients. This goes along with ProPublica's announcement that they will be releasing complete information on fees paid to physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants. Your patients will now be able to click on a button and see how much money your practice makes. While this seems transparent, there are a lot of things that your patients won't see. They will never see your cost of service, employee payroll and benefits, rent, electricity and the like, giving them a false evaluation of what they think you are taking home each year. Be prepared for your patients to use this high number to feel less inclined to pay their copays or balances due.

Did you know that patients who have hypoglycemia often have quick emptying? This is the body's attempt to elevate glucose. This week the last item in our newsletter looks at how this emptying is affected by using a GLP-1 analog.

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Announcements:
 
With a day packed full of education, motivational tools, one-on-one sessions, and workshops, the TCOYD health fair is a great way to get your patients to take better care of their health and themselves. TCOYD.com
 
From dLife.com: "Ben Gray shares a day in his diabetes life; from the dLife kitchen, a warm soup perfect for cold days — winter squash soup; Jim Turner teaches us the language of diabetes; and dLife visits an animal clinic to learn more about pets with diabetes." Sundays live online at dLifeTV.com at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Keep up on the latest dLife news at dLifeTV.com.
 
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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief … Read More

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Newsflash

Emergency Recall of the OTC Weight-loss Drug Alli. See this week's Item #9. 

Once Again FDA Delays Decision on Inhaled Insulin Treatment. See this week's Item #11. 




Tool for your Practice

Insulin the Basics 

insulin-basics-imageStarting on insulin can be difficult and confusing for your patients. This handout will provide some basics your patients need to know that are sometimes missed in diabetes education. Share this with your patients on insulin. Insulin – The Basics (pdf) 




Product of the Week

UniStrip1 Test Strips for OneTouch® Ultra® Meters 

unistrip-imageFor your patients who for financial reasons do not test as often as you would like, this could be a solution. UniStrip1™ test strips were cleared by the FDA for use with the LifeScan® OneTouch® Ultra®, Ultra®2, UltraSmart® and UltraMini® meters. Those currently using these meters will not have to change their meters to realize the cost savings offered by UniStrip1™. Now available at Amazon.

 

 

Mobile App of the Week

Vital Signs Camera

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This is a remarkable app in a developing field which takes advantage of the cameras that are built into smart phones. Geared towards helping patients monitor their health, Vital Signs measures heart rate from the changes in color of a human face and breathing rate from the motion of the patient's chest. It's unobtrusive - there's no need to touch the device and no additional hardware -- the app just uses the camera and advanced video analysis software created by Philips Research. It works because the heart's beating causes small changes in the color of a human face. These changes are not visible to the human eye, but with advanced software the iPad or iPhone camera detects these "micro-blushes" to measure heart rate. Similarly, when we breathe, our chests moves up and down. With advanced software, the iPad or iPhone camera tracks this movement to measure breathing rate. For more info and to download the app....

 

 

Test Your Knowledge Question #724

One oral agent now recommended for treatment of diabetes during pregnancy is:

a)   Glyburide

b)   Actos

c)   Avandia

d)   Prandin

 

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Quote of the Week!

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."

              ............Truman Capote 

Diabetes in Control gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the following University of Florida pharmacy doctoral candidate in the preparation of this week's newsletter: 

David Mercadante, PharmD Candidate 2014

 

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