By Craig Idlebrook/GluCraig
The Dexcom G6, a factory-calibrated continuous glucose monitor (CGM), has received Medicare coverage, according to an announcement released by Dexcom.
The CGM will be available to ship to Medicare recipients in early 2019. Those recipients who currently use the Dexcom G5 CGM will be asked to upgrade to the G6 once their transmitters are eligible for replacement.
The G6, and other factory-calibrated CGMs, could prove a boon to Medicare recipients because they eliminate the need for fingersticks for calibration and blood sugar management decisions. Also, the G6 does not require the use of a receiver, as it can transmit readings directly to a smartphone and/or a compatible pump system. Just as importantly, the FDA-approved app for the G5 and G6 allow for remote monitoring of CGM readings.
While Dexcom is the first CGM-maker to gain Medicare coverage for a factory-calibrated CGM that allows for remote monitoring, Close Concerns is reporting that the Abbott FreeStyle Libre 14 Day flash glucose monitor also has received Medicare coverage for its factory-calibrated device.
You can read Dexcom’s full announcement here.
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