Dexcom’s G5 Mobile system is the only CGM classified as “therapeutic.” A therapeutic CGM is used to inform treatment decisions. Most CGMs are FDA-approved as adjunctive devices, meaning the information they provide is to be used alongside data from other devices, such as blood glucose monitors.
The CMS criteria are that the patient must
- have diabetes
- use a home blood glucose monitor to test for glucose levels frequently
- be treated with multiple daily injections of insulin or with an insulin pump, and
- need to frequently adjust his or her insulin therapy based on data from a therapeutic CGM
“This is a new era and a huge win for people with diabetes on Medicare who can benefit from therapeutic CGM,” said Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer in a statement. “This decision supports the emerging consensus that CGM is the standard of care for any patient on intensive insulin therapy, regardless of age.”
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