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Happening Now and Next

A look at what's new in the world of diabetes research and technology

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The Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system is now available for Medicare* patients!  Here is what you need to know.

For Medicare patients NEW to Dexcom:

  • Ensure you meet the Medicare coverage criteria*
  • Ask your doctor for a prescription for Dexcom G6 to your preferred Walgreens location(other retail pharmacies not available at this time).
  • Walgreens will reach out to your doctor’s office for required documentation. This process can take several days.
  • Walgreens will follow-up with you regarding cost, and to arrange delivery of your prescriptionat your desired Walgreens location, or shipment to your home.

For Medicare patients ALREADY USING Dexcom G5:

  • Dexcom will begin upgrading existing Dexcom G5 Medicare patients around November 15.
  • Details about the G5 to G6 upgrade process have not yet been announced by Dexcom and will be updated here when available.

Another important change:

  • Blood glucose monitoring (BGM) supplies will no longer included Dexcom G6 shipments because Dexcom G6 does not require fingerstick calibrations.§
  • Patients must purchase any meter testing supplies that they need.
  • Medicare patients will no longer receive coverage for both blood glucose monitoring supplies and CGM supplies.

Additional information is available on Dexcom’s FAQ page

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