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Continuous glucose monitoring technology -- special issue of Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics
Date:5/29/2009

e "finicky and require care and calibration leading patients to use them infrequently"; "few physicians know how to interpret the data"; and "CGM devices have not been shown to reduce rates of severe hypoglycemia."

Associate Editor Jay S. Skyler, MD, from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Florida), reviews the history of CGM in an editorial entitled, "Continuous Glucose Monitoring: An Overview of Its Development." Eric Orzeck, MD, from Endocrinology Associates (Houston, TX), describes the need for better documentation, coding, and appeal procedures for use of CGM to improve insurance coverage, in the article, "Maximizing Reimbursement through Correct Coding Initiatives."

In the commentary entitled, "Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Understanding Our Current Culture," Irl Hirsch, MD, from the University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle), concludes that CGM, "is only a tool to help patients make better decisions about insulin and food. Until we have a closed-loop system or islet cell transplant, human behavior will continue to dictate the success of a patient with his or her diabetes control."


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