Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems

Did you know that Medicare and most insurance plans cover glucose monitors (also known as "glucose meters" or "blood sugar monitors") for people living with diabetes? This coverage not only applies to traditional glucose meters, but can also help you access modern technologies that provide consistent blood sugar awareness and reporting.

What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?


When most people think of a glucose monitor, they picture a device that pricks the finger to take a blood sample. There are a few downsides to this type of glucose monitor - besides the obvious discomfort, readings are only accurate at the time of testing.

Many individuals prefer to use technology that will alert them to high or low blood sugar on an ongoing basis. Luckily, the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System can help

What are the benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring?

Continuous Glucose Monitoring is a diabetes management tool. It uses a small sensor placed just beneath the skin to monitor your blood sugar on an ongoing basis. CGM can help you:

  • Independently manage your diabetes. The simple applicator allows you to insert the sensor, set your range, and monitor your readings - all from the comfort of your home.
  • Share your data with doctors and caretakers. No more lengthy written logs; CGM will automatically record your glucose reading so doctors can review your numbers. You can also share your data with up to 5 followers to keep loved ones and caretakers informed.
  • Get accurate, consistent glucose readings without fingersticks. The Dexcom G6 sensor gives an accurate reading, even when you've taken acetaminophen. It then sends automatic alerts when you're heading into high or low, so you're always aware of your numbers.

How it works

This video offers a short guide on how to insert the Dexcom G6 sensor and transmitter.

How to get the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System

You may qualify for a continuous glucose monitor at no cost (covered by Medicare and/or insurance) if you:

  • Are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus;
  • Have been using a home blood glucose monitor (BGM) and performing frequent (four or more times a day) BGM testing; and
  • Are insulin-treated with 3 or more daily injections and a treatment regimen that depends on BGM/CGM testing results.

Plus, you'll need to:

  • Get a prescription from a treating practitioner determine that the above criteria are met. This must be determined during an in-person appointment within six (6) months of ordering; and,
  • Have a follow-up appointment with your practitioner six (6) months following the initial prescription of the CGM to assess adherence to their CGM regimen and diabetes treatment plan.

If you meet the above criteria, can provide the Dexcom G6 CGM at no cost to you, with direct billing to your Medicare/insurance.