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Letter from the Editor #724:

Apr 11, 2014

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.


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