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End of Year Diabetes Checklist

The holidays are officially upon us. It’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s also the busiest and most stressful.

End of year diabetes checklist

With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget to put our health needs first. It’s the season of open enrollment and all things health and insurance-related – and like it or not, we have to deal with it.

Health insurance open enrollment

Time to choose 2020 health insurance plans. If your insurance is provided by your employer, the government, or your self insured, do your homework, read what your 2020 insurance options cover including deductibles, co-pays etc. And make sure to triple check that your specialists are in in-network.

Doctor appointments

Make sure that you’ve scheduled all your end-of-year appointments with your endocrinologist, cardiologist, gynecologist, etc. Same goes for mammograms, colonoscopies, eye appointments, dental exams and teeth cleanings.

If you can’t get in before the end of the year, get yourself on a waiting list and call your specialist office first thing every morning regarding cancelations. As a former receptionist at a doctor’s office (we were incredibly busy during the months of November and December), the people who were on a waiting list and continually called the first thing in the morning about cancelations were usually the ones who filled sudden openings in the schedule first.

Refill your prescriptions

Check your medication and durable medical equipment prescriptions (test strips, meter, continuous glucose monitor, sensors, etc) and see which ones are due to be filled/require a new prescription, and then get them filled. The difference in cost come January 1st when new deductibles kick-in is substantial.

Do yourself a favor: Ask your doctor if it would be possible to write you a three-month script instead of a 30 day (and if your insurance will allow) so you’re one step ahead come January 1.

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