When I was at the Type One TCOYD retreat last August in San Diego, I talked with Tandem representatives at their show table. The subject of the Control-IQ software arose. It was then that I learned that Tandem had licensed the TypeZero algorithm written by University of Virginia affiliated staff.
One rep told me that he thought since Tandem paid a significant licensing fee, there may very well be a fee charged to upgrade to Control-IQ. And that would set up an insurmountable hurdle for Medicare beneficiaries to economically secure this tech upgrade.
I know that Medicare officials need to guard against fraud, that’s an important function of their job. But why is it that beneficiaries are suffering the negative consequences of the agency’s lapse in fraud enforcement in the past?
In Laddie’s example above, if memory serves me, Medicare beneficiaries couldn’t even take the $99 out of their own pockets for the Ping to Vibe upgrade. I can’t see the rationale.