Jan. 5, 2023, 3:40 p.m. News Staff — The benefits of using continuous glucose monitoring to help certain patients with diabetes achieve recommended glycemic targets are significant: It can provide robust information about average glycemic levels and glucose variability while reducing and, in some cases, completely eliminating the need for fingerstick glucose testing.
That’s a win-win for patients and physicians.
If you’re not up to speed on the many ways CGM can support you and your patients in managing their diabetes effectively, the AAFP has you covered. The Academy has assembled a comprehensive collection of CGM resources and tools — some new, others tried and true — designed to help you feel confident navigating the complexities of prescribing and ordering the right CGM system to suit each patient’s needs. And you can access them all from a single aafp.org webpage.
Patients, of course, play an integral role in successful diabetes management, and monitoring blood glucose is an essential component of the care regimen. To help patients learn about this process, consider steering them to recently updated information on familydoctor.org, including new resources specifically focused on CGM.
All of these new CGM resources have been supported by an educational grant from Abbott Diabetes Care.
Need help getting started with prescribing and ordering CGM? AAFP TIPS™ Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Enhancing Diabetes Care, Workflows, Education, and Payment will walk you through the entire process. In this course, you’ll learn how to
Expert family medicine faculty will share their knowledge and experience during this comprehensive CME session, which also includes both physician- and patient-focused resources ready to download. Plus, you can earn up to 2 Prescribed credits through April 15, 2023.
In addition, the new page features Family Medicine: CGM in Your Practice videos that explore various aspects of using CGM in patient care.
An extensive section of the page outlines elements of ordering personal CGM according to patients’ insurance status (i.e., those covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private plans, as well as patients without CGM coverage). Topics include eligibility requirements, documentation specifics (including sample chart notes), ordering details for each available brand of device and authorization needs.
And if personal CGM isn’t the right fit — say, for patients who don’t have insurance that will cover it — there’s an entire segment that discusses professional CGM, including how to implement it in your practice, interpret and act on the data received, and bill for it.
Getting buy-in from your patients with diabetes is critical to successfully engaging them in self-management. You can start by educating them about the importance of monitoring their blood sugar at different times of the day on an ongoing basis and the options available to do so.
A recently updated familydoctor.org article, “Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Level,” can help by discussing those options — hemoglobin A1c testing every three months, daily testing using a blood glucose monitor and CGM — and their respective pros and cons. Other topics addressed include what patients should do if they experience hypoglycemia or have an insulin reaction, as well as questions they may wish to ask their physician.
Finally, the article offers three new videos featuring a patient who uses CGM: