Medicare prevents using a smartphone with the Dexcom G5 system
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Diabetics around the country depend on a Continuous Glucose Monitor to keep track of their blood glucose (sugar) levels at all times. Without a CGM it is extremely difficult to keep track of the ebbs and flows of sugar levels. The CGM provides vital information to all diabetics and their caregivers, so that they can know and treat their high blood glucose levels (to prevent hyperglycemia) and low blood sugars (to prevent hypoglycemia), before they become a problem.
Before the creation of the CGM people walked around with super high blood glucose levels and some went into DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) which can, and has resulted in death of many loved ones.
Each "transmitter" (the part responsible for "transmitting" the blood glucose data to the "receiver" - blood glucose data is sent every 5 minutes) is allowed TWO connections through Dexcom -- the company that makes CGMs for diabetic patients. Being able to use TWO devices is critical to diabetics and their loved ones! Being able to share the transmitter output data with a relative or friend who watches and checks in on you is one of the key advantages of the Dexcom system. There are applications that exist both for the Android and iPhone smartphones that can be downloaded, which allow the data from the transmitter to be seen by anyone who downloads and connects to that transmitters data.
So, you may be surprised to find out that recipients of Medicare are able to use a CGM to track their BG levels, but they ARE PREVENTED FROM DOWNLOADING THE BG APP ON THEIR SMART PHONE, WATCH, OR OTHER "SMART" DEVICE!! If they use an application to track their BG (specifically, the Dexcom G5 Mobile app, developed by Dexcom), they forgo Medicare reimbursement for the Dexcom system/supplies. Why would such a rule ever exist in the first place? IF a transmitter CAN accept TWO connections and a diabetic, or the caregiver of a diabetic, WANTS two connections so that they can have a better quality of life, why would MEDICARE PREVENT this from being possible? It costs the government NO money! It takes NO one's time except the diabetic to download and connect to the data.
Let's fight to get this rule ELIMINATED so that Medicare recipients around the county can download the App on their smartphone to be able to access the data from a second device!
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