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The Easiest Way to Stay on Top of Your Diabetes from BCBS

We came across a noteworthy blog on from Blue Cross Blue Shield about successfully managing diabetes – with regular monitoring and careful planning. It’s definitely worth a read! The article encourages two main action steps:

  1. Become a Master at Monitoring – including diet, exercise, blood sugar levels, and medicine

  2. Make Sure to Get Regular Check-Ups – including a wellness check-up every 3-6 months, making sure shots are current, and staying on top of appropriate testing

Healthy Living accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan insurance (as well as many others) for insulin pumps, CGM, and diabetes testing supplies. We’re here to help when you need us at 866.779.8512 (phone), 248.577.9903 (text), and via chat at myhlms.com.


Manage Your Deliveries with UPS My Choice

Enroll in the UPS My Choice program to gain control over your deliveries from Healthy Living.

Enroll in the UPS My Choice program to gain control over your deliveries from Healthy Living.

Chances are if you receive insulin pump supplies and/or continuous glucose monitoring supplies from Healthy Living Medical Supply, they are delivered to your doorstep via UPS. Healthy Living provides customers with UPS tracking notifications via text messaging or direct to email, but for more visibility and control over your orders we recommend signing up for the UPS My Choice program.

My Choice provides you with the following features:

  1. Delivery alerts via email or text message

  2. A delivery planner that lets you see your orders in a calendar view

  3. Approximate delivery time so you have a better idea when your important diabetes supplies will be delivered

  4. Ability to leave delivery instructions, which is particularly useful in an apartment complex or when detailed instructions are needed to ensure successful delivery of your supplies

  5. Sign for your packages online

  6. Pick up your supplies at a more convenient location by requesting orders be sent to a UPS facility or a UPS Store near your residence

It is our goal to ensure that our customers always have the supplies they need on hand to be successful in managing diabetes -- the UPS My Choice program can help by giving you more control over your shipments. 

To enroll in UPS My Choice to manage your orders, click this link. The process is simple and takes no more than five minutes. 

If you are looking for a diabetes durable medical equipment (DME) supplier with an emphasis on providing great customer service with an empathetic mindset, give us a call at 866.779.8512 or chat live with an agent. We provide leading insulin pumps and supplies from Tandem Diabetes, Medtronic Diabetes and Omnipod. We also offer continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGM) from Dexcom and Medtronic and are in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP), Priority Health, Michigan Medicaid, Medicare and most other major insurances in Michigan. 

Healthy Living Supplies Throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Sunset on Isle Royale

Sunset on Isle Royale

Hello Michigan Upper Peninsula folks! When I think of the U.P., many great memories come to mind. I think of Copper Country, Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point, Marquette, the Pictured Rocks, chilly Lake Superior, the Soo Locks, remote Isle Royale, the Northern Lights, and crossing the bridge into St. Ignace to the freshest air and ultimate Michigan beauty.

To those of you lucky enough to live in this paradise, we want to let you know that Healthy Living ships supplies throughout not only the Lower Peninsula, but the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well. We provide insulin pumps, pump supplies, continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGM), and diabetes testing supplies throughout the U.P. So here's a shout out to all of you enjoying Michigan summer in Escanaba, Houghten and Hancock, Marquette, Sault Ste. Marie, Munising, Grand Marais, and other cities, towns, and wild country between!

Healthy Living Medical Supply accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBS) and many other insurance plans for residents of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. We're here and ready to help at 866.779.8512 (phone) or 248.577.9903 (text)!

The MAHP in Traverse City & Our Health Plan Partners

Our booth at the 2018 MAHP Conference.

Our booth at the 2018 MAHP Conference.

Healthy Living Medical Supply recently participated in the Michigan Associate of Health Plans Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, which took place from July 18-July 21. Our team really enjoyed meeting and reconnecting with representatives of health plans we currently serve and others we hope to work with in the future. The Michigan Association of Health Plans if a nonprofit corporation established to promote the interests of member health plans.

Find a list of health insurance plans that we currently accept , including Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (HAP). Or call us at 866.779.8512 for a free insurance verification check to find out about your coverage.

In the News - 670G Receives Pediatric Approval & Tandem's Auto-Suspend-on-Low Technology

We're tracking two big announcements from both Medtronic Diabetes and Tandem Diabetes from this past week. 

The first update comes from Medtronic and is an exciting one for families with children living with Type 1 Diabetes - the 670G closed loop system from Medtronic received clearance from the FDA for use with pediatric patients ages seven and up. This certainly is welcome news for pediatric patients, their care team members, and providers. 

And second, Tandem Diabetes received approval for their auto-suspend-on-low technology from the FDA. While we don't know the full details, it looks like the T:Slim X2 pump, when combined with the Dexcom G6 CGM system, will suspend insulin delivery in advance of a predicted low. 

Both of these exciting updates represent a significant advancement in diabetes technology and great news overall for patients and everyone involved in the diabetes community. 

If you are looking at one of these insulin pumps and/or CGM options, Healthy Living Medical Supply is a great place to start - simply give us a call at 866-779-8512, chat with us live, or leave a message if you're on our site after hours. You may also learn more on our Insulin Pump Therapy page

Go local with Healthy Living Medical Supply. Healthy Living Medical Supply is the only Michigan-owned and operated durable medical equipment (DME) supplier that specializes in diabetes. We're able to work with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, Medicare and all major Medicaid plans in the state for insulin pumps, insulin pump supplies, and continuous glucose monitoring systems. 

Update on Medtronic's Guardian Connect CGM System

Healthy Living Medical Supply’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Team had the opportunity to participate in a live webinar yesterday from Medtronic – the focus of the session was their new stand-alone CGM product known as the Guardian Connect CGM System. Our team has been eagerly anticipating the launch of this product since the product received FDA approval back in March.

Here are a few highlights of what we learned about the product during the webinar:

1.     The Guardian Connect transmitter connects via Bluetooth technology to iPhones (and iPod Touch devices if you can purchase one on eBay)

2.     The sensor is the same as the one used for the 670G closed loop system, but the Guardian Connect transmitter DOES NOT communicate with the 670G pump. The transmitter is labeled “GC” which differentiates it from the transmitter used with the 670G pump.

3.     The system does not have a receiver—this will be a great benefit to those patients who don’t want to haul around another piece of hardware.

4.     Android support is coming-Medtronic is targeting the end of the calendar year for Android users.

5.     The sensor features a new barrier which helps mitigate against skin irritation – this is also the smallest sensor ever for a Medtronic CGM product.

6.     Sensor wear time is up to 7 days and the system includes a one-year warranty.

7.     The system features a range of alerts, including predictive alerts which can notify of highs and lows anywhere from 10-60 minutes in advance.

8.     Patients can invite up to five care partners to view data and receive alerts via SMS and data is easily shared with providers via the Care Link system.

9.     The Guaurdian Connect CGM System providers users access to the Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant, which is a separate application on the phone. The Sugar.IQ app takes real time data from the Guardian Connect app, sync with IBM’s Watson, and then presents various insulin, food and motivational insights to the user.

Medtronic’s Guardian Connect Smart CGM system is slated to be released in early summer. The system is not approved by Medicare, but should be reimbursed by most major commercial insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan of Michigan, Priority Health, etc.

If you are a patient and wish to learn more about the Guradian Connect Smart CGM system, visit this link.

For providers interested in learning more, visit this link.

If you would like to be contacted by Healthy Living once this system becomes available, please fill out the brief form below:

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Check Out the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blog

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Blog is a great resource for members and non-members alike! It covers categories including community health, chronic disease, healthy living, care delivery, and BCBS news.

Check out their article “Know where to go: How to choose between the doctor’s office, urgent care and the ER.” This blog offers guiding advice to help you decide where to go when a need arises, based on the urgency of your health situation and your budget. Blue Cross Blue Shield suggests that you call your primary care doctor first in non-emergency situations. Urgent care centers are a good option if you can’t reach your doctor or need health care outside of regular business hours. Most of the time, the out-of-pocket cost of a visit to the urgent care is less than than you will pay for a visit to the emergency room. ERs are best for treating urgent, acute, and life-threatening conditions.

Healthy Living Medical Supply is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for insulin pumps, CGM, Omnipods, and testing supplies. Find out more about how we can serve BCBS patients and visit our Easy Enrollment page! We're also in network with most out-of-state Blue Cross Blue Shield plans when the member is a resident in the state of Michigan. 

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