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How can I get Medicare coverage for blood glucose test strips?

In order to receive Medicare coverage for blood glucose test strips and related supplies, a prescription must be written by a physician. This prescription must meet the following guidelines:

The prescription must be renewed every six months.
The prescription must clearly document the number of strips and lancets to dispense.
The prescription must document whether or not the patient uses insulin to manage diabetes.
The frequency with which the patient should monitor their blood glucose level or use the supplies must be clearly identified. This point is extremely important as Medicare will not accept prescriptions that state monitoring should occur or supplies should be used "as needed."

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