ALBANY, N.Y., Mar. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Price Chopper/Market 32 and Advanced Diabetes Supply (ADS) announced today that the progressive New York-based supermarket chain with 82 pharmacies is the first in the Northeast to partner with the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) supplier to offer a solution for CGM fulfillment for qualified Medicare Part B patients with a valid prescription.
It has been challenging and time consuming for patients to navigate eligibility requirements, and retail pharmacies across the nation have been unable to fill these life-changing devices for their Medicare patients with diabetes in a time efficient manner, leading patients to choose not to receive the device or experience delays in their care. Price Chopper/Market 32 pharmacies will provide the needed patient demographic information to ADS to begin the insurance verification and physician medical record analysis. Patients are contacted within 24 hours of consent to begin the intake process and receive their prescribed CGM and supplies at home, upon meeting CMS guidelines. The patient is regularly contacted by the method of their choice for updates, status and anticipated costs based on their insurance coverage.
“Real time blood glucose values are essential in the management of diabetes so that patients can work with their health care providers on making changes to their medication regimen, nutrition, or exercise to ultimately optimize blood glucose control. The partnership with Advanced Diabetes Supply provides our patients a solution for obtaining a Continuous Glucose Monitor. Our pharmacies continually see an increase in the demand for these products and are pleased to provide this connection with Advanced Diabetes Supply so patients with Medicare Part B insurance can seamlessly access these products.” said Kathy Bryant, Price Chopper/Market 32’s Vice President of Pharmacy.
Of the 82 Price Chopper/Market 32 pharmacies that are now servicing Medicare Part B patients for all CGMs via ADS, 53 are located in New York while 29 are spread across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Shoppers also have access to the Diabetes AdvantEdge program to receive select diabetes medications at no charge, and the new “Know Your Colors” shelf tag nutritional labeling system, developed by Price Chopper’s Senior Nutritionist, Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN. “Know Your Colors” will assist customers with quickly and easily identifying products that meet Carb Smart, Low Sodium and other nutrition criteria throughout the store. “Good nutrition is an important part of prevention and treatment of diabetes– “Know Your Colors” complements the outstanding resources in the Pharmacy, everyone benefits when it is easy to stay well. On the shelf tag and the website, “Know Your Colors” nutrition attributes guide shoppers to better choices that fit their lifestyle. It is a great timesaver and will help shoppers put nutritious and delicious on the same plate!”, says Ellie Wilson.
“Medicare patients with diabetes have struggled to fulfill prescriptions for their life-changing CGMs while visiting retail pharmacies for years” said ADS President Tim Cady. “Our CGM solution provides the qualified Medicare patient with a valuable CGM that impacts their care while allowing the pharmacy team to operate within every day workflow. This streamlined process affords the patient an excellent customer experience at their pharmacy while eliminating the pharmacy’s lengthy compliance verification process for every patient. We are proud to pioneer a solution that services both the patient and pharmacy staff alike with an innovative company like Price Chopper/Market 32.”
About Advanced Diabetes Supply
Founded in 2002 and located in Carlsbad, California, Advanced Diabetes Supply is the national leading distributor of Durable Medical Equipment specializing in diabetes supplies. ADS holds the most valued accreditations in the diabetes supply industry and employs over 300 representatives dedicated to leading our industry with innovation, knowledge, and an unparalleled commitment to exceeding service standards. With seventeen years of diabetes supply and CMS policy experience, ADS is expertly positioned to service Medicare Part B diabetic patients for all CGM products.
About the Golub Corporation
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 133 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 40% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com
Advanced Diabetes Supply Contact: Michael Carmody, VP Pharmacy Services
Price Chopper Contact: Mona Golub, VP Public Relations & Consumer Services, Price Chopper/Market 32