Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Current Medicare Coverage of Services and Supplies for Individuals with Diabetes


Medicare covers important services and supplies for individuals with diabetes.

  • Self-Management Training Services
    Medicare currently covers diabetes self-management training under Part B for certain beneficiaries who are at risk for complications from diabetes. Under Medicare fee-forservice (FFS) a beneficiary pays 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy Services
    Medicare Part B also covers medical nutrition therapy services for people with diabetes or kidney disease. These services can be given by a registered dietician or nutrition professional and include diet counseling and therapy services to help a beneficiary manage their diabetes. Under Medicare FFS, a beneficiary pays 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.
  • Diabetic Supplies and Therapeutic Shoes
    Medicare Part B covers diabetic self-testing equipment and supplies for beneficiaries who have diabetes. Medicare covers the same supplies for people with diabetes whether or not they use insulin. The self-testing equipment and supplies include glucose testing monitors, blood glucose test strips, lancet devices and lancets, and glucose control solutions. There may be some limits on the supplies or how often a beneficiary may receive the supplies. Medicare also covers therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes who qualify under Medicare Part B. The coverage includes depth-inlay shoes, custom-molded shoes and shoe inserts.

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