Providers unaware syringes are covered under Medicare

January 9, 2006

Many providers appear unaware that insulin syringes are covered under the new Medicare prescription drug program, according to Can-Am Care LLC, Alpharetta, Ga., one of the largest suppliers of branded and private-label syringes. Can-Am conducted a survey of more than 100 help desk operators at Part D providers and found that many offered confusing information and were unaware that the new benefit covers syringes. In addition, the company pointed out that the Web site at www.medicare.gov

Many providers appear unaware that insulin syringes are covered under the new Medicare prescription drug program, according to Can-Am Care LLC, Alpharetta, Ga., one of the largest suppliers of branded and private-label syringes. Can-Am conducted a survey of more than 100 help desk operators at Part D providers and found that many offered confusing information and were unaware that the new benefit covers syringes. In addition, the company pointed out that the Web site at www.medicare.gov http://www.medicare.govdoes not provide information about newly covered supplies such as insulin syringes and pen needles.