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Incorporating Continuous Glucose Monitoring into RPM Programs

Updated: Feb 9

Incorporating continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) into a remote patient monitoring program significantly enhances the care and management of individuals with diabetes. CGM technology revolutionizes diabetes management by providing continuous, real-time data on glucose levels, facilitating more informed decision-making for both patients and healthcare providers.

To integrate CGM effectively into a remote patient monitoring program, start by educating patients about the benefits and functionality of CGM devices. Emphasize how CGM offers a more comprehensive understanding of glucose fluctuations compared to traditional fingerstick tests, enabling proactive health management.

Encourage patients to embrace CGM as a vital component of their daily routine. Advise them to wear the CGM sensor consistently and keep the receiver or smartphone app nearby for continuous data monitoring. Stress the importance of understanding the information provided by CGM, such as glucose trends, highs, lows, and patterns, to empower patients in making timely lifestyle adjustments or medication decisions.

For healthcare providers, incorporating CGM into remote patient monitoring involves leveraging the wealth of data collected by these devices. Encourage regular review and analysis of CGM data during virtual visits or through remote monitoring platforms. This allows healthcare professionals to gain insights into patients' glucose trends, intervene promptly when necessary, and tailor treatment plans more accurately.

Utilize telemedicine platforms to facilitate remote discussions between patients and healthcare providers. Educate patients on interpreting CGM data and encourage them to share this information during telehealth appointments, fostering more productive discussions about diabetes management strategies.

A patient's physician will need to write a prescription in order to obtain a CGM that can be picked up at a pharmacy or shipped to the patient using services such as the what Impilo provides. Common options for CGM's include the Dexcom and Freestyle Libre. The prescription will need to include specifics such as the number of sensors to dispense at a time and frequency of refills allowed. Most insurance plans require new sensor prescriptions every 3 or 6 months. Additional documentation may be necessary to confirm medical necessity as well.

In conclusion, integrating continuous glucose monitoring into a remote patient monitoring program empowers individuals with diabetes to actively manage their health while enabling healthcare providers to offer more personalized and timely interventions. Embracing CGM technology in remote monitoring elevates the standard of care, leading to improved health outcomes and enhanced quality of life for patients managing diabetes.

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