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As noted in the recent FPM article “Implementing Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Clinical Practice,” continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) brings a wealth of previously unattainable data to diabetes management and, with it, some new measures of glycemia. But coverage and reimbursement can pose a challenge, as is often the case with newer products and services. Following a few simple tips can give you broader insights into glycemia for you and your patients, increase the likelihood that CGM will be authorized for your patients, and hopefully decrease the time it takes you and your staff to seek and obtain such authorization and to digest this wealth of data. When it comes to billing for CGM services you provide — such as training the patient, setting up the system, and later interpreting the results — a few tips can help streamline your process and ensure reimbursement for your services.
April 22, 2021, 6:14 p.m. News Staff — Four decades ago, diabetes care took a major leap forward when the launch of the Ames Dextrometer ― the first blood glucose meter with a digital display ― ushered in the era of self-monitoring blood glucose systems that allowed patients to take an active role in managing their condition. SMBG technology improved over the next 20 years, but its continued reliance on only a few finger-sticks throughout the day impeded physicians’ ability to gain insight into the details and possible causes of daily glucose fluctuations.
TREATING A CHRONIC disease like diabetes can sound completely overwhelming, especially if you’ve received a recent diagnosis. But working closely with the right doctor can help you keep the condition under control. “It is important to find a doctor who will partner with you,” says Tamara Oser, M.D., an associate professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, CO. “This includes not only working to provide excellent diabetes care, but also working with you to achieve your specific diabetes goals.” Here’s what you need to know.