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[IP] Today's NYTImes re Medicare and Pumps

>From today's NYTimes.Com


Financing Insulin Pumps for Diabetics 

The Federal agency that oversees Medicare has decided to cover insulin 
infusion pumps, which help diabetics maintain blood sugar levels. But 
the approval covers only Type I, or juvenile diabetes, which affects 
just 5 percent to 10 percent of the estimated 16 million Americans with 

In announcing its decision last week, the Health Care Financing 
Administration said the pumps, which deliver insulin through a catheter 
under the skin of the abdomen or hip, had not yet been shown to be 
effective for Type II, or adult-onset, diabetes, the most common form. 

But the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, which 
represents doctors who specialize in diabetes, said it hoped that as 
more evidence accumulated, continuous insulin pumps would be covered for 
certain cases of Type II diabetes. 

Pump users have significantly fewer diabetic complications like heart 
and kidney disease, nerve damage or impaired vision than people with 
diabetes who continue to use syringe therapy, the group says. Diabetes
 of all types is responsible for billions of dollars in direct medical 
costs and lost productivity each year. 

The health care administration said making the insulin pump available to 
Medicare beneficiaries would improve the quality of their lives. 

"The infusion pump offers them a choice to better control their 
condition so that they are more active and productive," said the 
agency's deputy administrator, Michael Hash. 

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