Insulin Pump Therapy

Alberta Insulin Pump Therapy (IPT)  Program information

Visit here to learn more about the IPT Program  or call  Alberta Blue Cross Claims Administration at 1-800-661-6995. 

IPT Coverage for qualified candidates includes:

• Insulin pump every five years
• Infusion sets: up to 100 per 100 days
• Insulin reservoirs: up to 100 per 100 days
• Serters: up to 1 per year
• IPT skin preparation (dressings and/or skin adhesives and/or adhesive removers): up to $100 per year
• Blood glucose test strips: up to 700 strips per 100 days
• Blood ketone test strips: up to 20 strips per 100 days
• Blood ketone test meter: up to 1 every 2 years
• Lancets: up to 700 units per 100 days
• Insulin syringes or pen tip needles: up to 100 per 100 days

 

Introduction to Insulin Pump Therapy Class:  

Complete online or in-person

 

Appointments for pump therapy:

  • The Calgary Diabetes Centre of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Program is one of the approved provincial sites for insulin pump therapy. Please ask your doctor to a referral to our program. 
  • To learn more about starting insulin pump therapy in Calgary as an adult, please read: Insulin Pump Therapy: Preparation and Expectations.  All instructions for pump classes are included in this summary document. 

 

Handouts and other resources: 

Visit our Handouts & Resources page, and see the heading "Insulin pump therapy" for handouts, pump representatives and other resources such as Intro to Insulin Pump nights where companies show their products and answer questions. 

 

Insulin pump preparation - Required Type 1 diabetes review

Diabetes Centre Calgary educators strive to ensure each pump candidate is well prepared for advanced diabetes management prior to starting or continuing on an insulin pump. As part of our program’s criteria for provincial approval, you are required to review standard type 1 diabetes education with your diabetes educator. The handouts containing the required information can be found on  the Diabetes Canada website and on the Handouts & Resources page.
Handouts to review: 1) Type 1 diabetes: The basics (Diabetes Canada), 2) Managing your blood glucose, 3) Getting started with insulin, 4) Insulin Action, 5) Low blood sugar, 6) Glucagon and diabetes, 7) Illness Management and DKA Prevention, 8) Nutrition: Just the Basics, 9) Basic Carbohydrate Counting, 10) Matching insulin to carbohydrate, 11) Glycemic Index, 12) Sugars and sweeteners, 13) Alcohol and diabetes, 14) Diabetes and driving, 15) Physical activity and diabetes, 16) Activity and type 1 diabetes, 17) Travel and diabetes, 18) A1c Testing (AHS), 19) Staying healthy with diabetes, 20) Foot care: A step towards good health, 21) Case Scenarios for ICR/ISF and DKA/Hypoglycemia, 22) Food and Blood Sugar Worksheet.