Hoping to pick some brains. I’m writing a note to the Medicare DME medical directors about the use of “therapeutic” continuous glucose sensors and fingersticks. Because the G6 doesn’t require fingersticks to calibrate the device, Medicare seems to be under the impression that people using one will never need to do another fingerstick and I have had an occasional problem with getting Medicare to pay for the test strips in the you’re on a G6. This problem occurring more frequently.
While it does cut down on frequency of testing, it doesn’t necessarily exclude the need for fingersticks.
For example, one issue I’ve run into is with Medicare cutting the sensor reorder so close and not giving enough time for someone to get them if there is a “hiccup” in the processing.
So my questions are:
If you are using a DexCom G6, do you still do fingersticks?
How often and what are the circumstances? (You don’t specifically have to be specifically have to be Medicare to answer these questions).
What I’m trying to do is broaden my knowledge of possible situations so I can formulate a stronger argument. Some may have reasons that I haven’t thought of or dealt with yet so I hoping to get other perspectives.
Thanks for any input!!