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Glucose Monitoring and Sensing

Use of Real-Time CGM Is Associated with Fewer Hospitalizations Compared with SMBG in the Insulin-Treated Medicare Population

book_2 Source: ADA 2020 - Poster session
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Key messages

  • This study used data from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to assess the clinical impact of using real-time CGM (Dexcom G5) by comparing a cohort of Medicare beneficiaries who acquired a CGM device from July 2017 thru January 2018 (n=841) with a cohort of beneficiaries (n=224,484) who continued SMBG during the same period. 
  • SMBG was associated with 35% more hospitalizations than CGM (35.5% vs. 26.2%) and 52% more inpatient visits (0.70 vs. 0.46) over 6 months (both p <0.0001). 
  • Wider use of CGM among CMS beneficiaries with diabetes could significantly reduce these costs through reduced hospitalizations and inpatient visits
Presenting Author
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David G. Marrero, PhD
Director, Center for Border Health Disparities
Professor of Public Health
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Tucson, Arizona, USA