Continuous Glucose Monitors for Policy Makers
Continuous Glucose Monitors Universal Utilization Principles
Legislators and policy makers can support measures that will ensure those who can benefit from continuous glucose monitors (CGM) have access to the devices.
- Ensuring CGM coverage for adults and children with diabetes who use insulin
- Eliminating burdensome requirements and barriers to access, such as:
- Requiring beneficiaries to use a blood glucose monitor to test multiple times per day to be eligible for CGM.
- Requiring a minimum number of daily insulin injections.
- Requiring prior authorization, like step therapy.
- Devising a clear and timely appeals process for denials of coverage.
- Making CGMs available through as many channels as possible, including both mail-order and local pharmacies.
- Allowing broader prescribing authority to include not just endocrinologists, but other health care providers with CGM experience.
- Ensure patient and provider-centered choices for CGM, such as:
- Choosing technology that is individualized based on patient’s needs, requirements, skill level, and availability of devices.
- Avoiding interruption in access that may result from the need for new training and education or lack of supplies and equipment.
- Adopting a transition period coupled with an exceptions process, enabling beneficiaries successfully using a CGM to continue to use it and its associated supplies regardless of new limitations or exclusions.
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