For information regarding diabetic medications, please refer to the Pharmacy Services chapter.
Blood Glucose Meters and Testing Supplies
HIP Commercial, EmblemHealth Medicaid, EmblemHealth Medicare HMO, EmblemHealth Medicare PPO and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Members
For the above plan members, EmblemHealth will cover blood glucose meters and testing supplies for Abbott Diabetes Care products only. For EmblemHealth Medicaid members, this coverage went into effect October 1, 2011.
- Patients who need a change in their testing frequency or the type of meter or supplies used will need a new prescription.
- Patients new to our plans may obtain a prescribed Abbott meter at no cost by calling 1-888-522-5226 or by visiting the Abbott Diabetes Care website: www.myfreestyle.com.
Questions, product support or meter replacement?
Please direct your EmblemHealth patients to call Abbott Diabetes Care Product Support at 1-888-522-5226 or go online at www.myfreestyle.com.
EmblemHealth EPO/PPO, GHI HMO, GHI PPO and GuildNet Plan Members
Items not requiring prior approval, such as blood glucose meters and diabetic testing supplies (with the exception of insulin pumps and related supplies, which do require approval), may be directly requested from CCS Medical for the above-referenced plan members. EmblemHealth's formulary for diabetic testing supplies consists of the complete line of Abbott/Medisense and Bayer Diagnostics testing equipment and supplies.
A written order must be faxed and/or mailed to CCS Medical. They will work with the provider and the member, as necessary, to complete arrangements for the requested item(s).
3601 Thirlane Rd NW, Suite 4
Roanoke, VA 24019
Fax for CMN form(s) and other documentation: 1-800-860-4326
Fax for prescriptions: 1-800-248-9505
Glossary terms found on this page:
An itemized statement of health care services and their costs provided by a hospital, physician's office or other health care facility. Claims are submitted to the insurer or managed care plan by either the plan member or the provider for payment of the costs incurred.
A health care benefit arrangement that is similar to a preferred provider organization in administration, structure and operation but does not cover out-of-network care. Also called an Exclusive Provider Organization.
A list of preferred pharmaceutical products that health plans, working with pharmacists and physicians, have developed to encourage greater efficiency in the dispensing of prescription drugs without sacrificing quality. Also called a drug formulary.
An organization that provides comprehensive health care coverage to its members through a network of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Also called a Health Maintenance Organization.
Acronym for Medicare Advantage. An alternative to the traditional Medicare program in which private plans run by health insurance companies provide health care benefits that eligible beneficiaries would otherwise receive directly from the Medicare program.
A jointly funded federal and state program that provides hospital and medical coverage to the low-income population and certain aged and disabled individuals.
A nationwide insurance program for the disabled and people age 65 and over, created by the 1965 amendments to the Social Security Act and operated under the provisions of the Act. It consists of two separate but coordinated programs, Part A and Part B.
An individual and each of his or her eligible dependents, including Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled or participate in a benefit program and who are entitled to receive covered services from the practitioner pursuant to such benefit program and the terms of the practitioner's agreement.
A health plan that offers benefits in-network and out-of-network. In-network services are available to enrollees at lower out-of-pocket cost than the services of non-network providers. In addition, PPO enrollees may self-refer to any network provider at any time. Also called a Preferred Provider Organization.
A written order or refill notice issued by a licensed medical professional for drugs available only through a pharmacy.
The process of obtaining advanced approval of coverage for a health care service or medication. The request for services is reviewed to assess medical necessity and appropriateness of elective hospital admissions and non-emergency outpatient services before the services are provided. Also called pre-authorization or pre-certification or pre-determination.
A medical practitioner or covered facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes. A provider may be any of the following, subject to the conditions listed in this paragraph:
- Doctor of medicine
- Doctor of osteopathy
- Doctor of podiatric medicine
- Physical therapist
- Nurse midwife
- Certified and registered psychologist
- Certified and qualified social worker
- Nurse anesthetist
- Speech-language pathologist
- Clinical laboratory
- Screening center
- General hospital
- Any other type of practitioner or facility specifically listed in the member's Certificate of Insurance as a practitioner or facility recognized by EmblemHealth for reimbursement purposes
A provider must be licensed or certified to render the covered service. The covered service must be within the scope of the Provider's license or certification.