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This issue is complex. Help your readers understand it with these three key points from the peer reviewed article in the scientific journal, Diabetes Care.

Safety

The Hippocratic Principle should apply to Medicare – First Do No Harm.

Access

Disrupting access to testing supplies had a negative effect on health outcomes.

Quality

Consider health outcomes including hospitalizations and mortality.

Looking for more? See these Key Points and Sources on the bidding program failure.

After posting your blog post on competitive bidding send a the URL to info@diabetesPAC.org so we can post a link your piece on our news page.

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Twitter

Please choose one (or more) and Tweet from your own Twitter handle to raise awareness and ask Medicare to suspend the Competitive Bidding Program immediately.

#DidYouKnow #Medicare beneficiaries experienced 2x as many #hospital admissions since launch of @CMSGov Competitive Bidding Program? #suspendbidding

Who do I trust? #CMS or researchers who say there’s a serious problem with competitive bidding? bit.ly/21z7qY0 #diabetes #suspendbidding

 .@CMSGov claims no disruption of access to #diabetes testing supplies but article in @ADA_Journals shows different: bit.ly/21z7qY0 #suspend bidding

Scientific studies have shown @CMSGov needs to #suspendbidding – People with #diabetes are in danger: bit.ly/21z7qY0

. @USGAO questioned it, but @CMSGov said no harm, no foul. Scientific studies show harm and foul. Here’s proof: bit.ly/21z7qY0 #suspendbidding

Hey, @CMSGov – until there is proof that your program does NO harm to our greatest generation, #suspendbidding bit.ly/21z7qY0

More deaths? More money? Less access to #diabetes supplies? @CMSGov – you must #suspendbidding and here’s why: bit.ly/21z7qY0

Is saving a buck > saving a life? It shouldn’t be, @CMSGov – the proof is here: bit.ly/21z7qY0 #suspendbidding

 

Sample Facebook Posts about #SuspendBidding

Spread Awareness About the Study

  • A recent manuscript, published in American Diabetes Association – Journals (tag group so it links to their Facebook page) shows how disruption in access to diabetes testing supplies led to increased mortality and hospitalizations for Medicare beneficiaries. Research shows that Medicare beneficiaries experienced more than twice as many inpatient hospital admissions and more than double the associated costs. CMS’s Competitive Bidding Program must be suspended before an updated rollout of the program on July 1, 2016. Read full article here: bit.ly/21z7qY0 #diabetes
  • In 2012, CMS reported that there was no disruption in access to diabetes testing supplies as a result of the Competitive Bidding Program. Analysis from an article in Diabetes Care, journal of the American Diabetes Association, shows that the Competitive Bidding Program does, in fact, pose a threat to Medicare beneficiaries’ lives. Read more in the latest article from American Diabetes Association – Journals (tag group so it links to their Facebook page) bit.ly/21z7qY0#diabetes

Spread Awareness to Take Action

Medicare rolled out a competitive bidding program for diabetes testing supplies, forcing 11 million Americans to find new suppliers who bid based on lowest price, not quality. The program was supposed to cut costs at no harm to patients. Despite a study showing this program actually increased costs, increased hospitalizations, and increased patient deaths, Medicare says this program is working. It’s time to tell Congress that they must #suspend bidding before July 1, 2016 and investigate before the next round of new suppliers disrupt access further.

Click here and act now: http://bit.ly/237wU1d

Did you know that Medicare began a program that was supposed to save money on diabetes testing supplies but instead, increased costs and hospitalizations and patient deaths? It’s called competitive bidding and while Medicare claims it’s working with no impact on patients, scientific studies prove otherwise. This has to stop. We can do something; we can take action and ask Congress to #suspendbidding before July 1, 2016 and investigate before the next round of new suppliers disrupt access further.

Click here and act now: http://bit.ly/237wU1d