Good news! Medicare covers continuous glucose monitors (CGM). So, if you have Medicare and have spoken to your doctor about a CGM, you may be able to receive them as a covered benefit. But what are the requirements for coverage? And what about Medicare Advantage? Continue reading for answers to these questions and more.
Medicare Versus Medicare Advantage
Medicare is a health insurance program that is nationally funded. The requirements to enroll in Medicare are1:
- Over age 65
- (Or) Under 65 with specific disabilities
- (Or) Living with end-stage renal disease
Medicare Advantage plans are plans which are offered through private companies who contract with Medicare. Therefore, they may not have the same requirements and coverage as traditional Medicare2. To find out if your Medicare Advantage plan offers CGM coverage, call us at (866) 938-3906. Don’t know if you have Medicare or Medicare Advantage? We can also help you determine which plan you have.
Medicare and CGM Coverage
When the food and drug administration (FDA) gave the green light for people to make dosing decisions based on CGM results, Medicare began covering CGMs. The decision was put into effect in January 2017. The coverage ruling saves people between $2,500 to $4,000 a year who might otherwise purchase the equipment out of pocket. Michael Gonzalez-Campoy, MD, Ph.D., Medical Director and CEO of the Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism, and Endocrinology, claims that based on the studies he’s read, CGMs provide the kind of enhanced monitoring that improves diabetes treatment.3
If you are a Medicare member, requirements for CGM coverage are relatively straightforward. To qualify for CGM coverage, you must3:
- Be diagnosed with diabetes type 1 or type 2
- Use a blood glucose monitor (BGM)
- Test your blood sugar four or more times per day
- Use multiple daily injections of insulin or use a constant subcutaneous infusion (CSI) pump
- Require frequent insulin adjustments
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