Due to increasing government regulations, Corner Drug will not be participating in Medicare Part B effective 4/15/12.
Medicare Part B is the Medicare segment that deals with DME or “Durable Medical Equipment”. This consists of billing Medicare Part B for wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, oxygen, ostomy supplies and don’t ask me why but “diabetic test strips” are also included in this segment.
The Medicare diabetic test strips made up a very small percentage of our business and Medicare has been steadily raising the fees associated with participating in this program. Unfortunately, this means that Corner Drug will no longer be able to supply diabetic test strips for Medicare beneficiaries. Affected customers had a personal letter and phone call made to them well prior to this change to help transition them to a new supplier.
Corner Drug does still stock diabetic test strips and sells them at a competitive street rate. Please ask us about this meter and test strips if you would rather avoid being forced into mail order for your test strips as Medicare is doing.
Please understand that Medicare Part D is not affected by this decision. Medicare Part D has to do with the prescription drug benefit. Just about every senior participates in this Medicare benefit and they will not be affected by this change.
Corner Drug staff are ready to answer your questions about this recent change and encourage you to contact us at the pharmacy if you have any questions. Thanks for yor continued loyalty and support of Corner Drug as we enter our second century of service to Teton Valley!