A Personal Story About Modernizing Medicare

This past week there were changes made impacting Medicare coverage of continuous glucose monitors….and also a USDSer. We sat down with Ju-Lie McReynolds, Product Manager at USDS, to hear her personal story with diabetes and why these changes in policy are a huge step forward in modernizing the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Benefit.

Around 25% of Medicare’s 57 million beneficiaries live with diabetes.

Until recently, Medicare did not cover continuous glucose monitor receivers (CGMs) which connect to smartphones and allow diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels. They also enable physicians, caregivers, and family members to receive alerts and notifications if a patient becomes hypoglycemic and may be unconscious.

On June 11th 2018, CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, issued guidance to ensure Medicare’s coverage of CGM receivers for millions of Americans living with diabetes. The Administrator’s new policy guidance ensures Medicare beneficiaries can use their smartphones to drive better health outcomes for themselves and share important data with clinicians and families.

These changes in policy will help more than 9 million Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes better manage their health through technology. Learn how in Ju-Lie McReynolds’ story:

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