In my opinion, the issues surrounding the Smart Devices and Medicaid and the Dexcom are likely people at Medicaid being concerned about setting any kind of ruling or precedent which would open the door to a flood of people finding a way to use this particular decision/ruling to impact a multitude of other aspects of Medicaid as relates to Smart Devices.
I expect Medicaid is constantly barraged with people wanting to claim their Smart Phone as a Medical Device.
Just my opinion backed up by nothing. I could be totally off base here.
Some additional comments from Dexcom:
Kevin Sayer, CEO of Dexcom
May 02, 2017 4:30 pm ET
“What is lost on many of us is we’re about a year ahead of where we thought we’d be with respect to this Medicare stuff. And in order to get DME approval, we had to have a durable component of the system that would last a specific period of time that we would cover. And working with Medicare, again, they worked very hard and they determined that durable component is the receiver.”
“And while we may sit here today with that position on the receiver being the durable part and being kind of like the centerpiece and the most important component of the system, we have a number of options here. We can certainly work with CMS over time to see we can move it to another category. We can also go back to what we did in the past with share and have the receiver talk to the phone. And we could – but certainly, we don’t have that product in our portfolio right now. But since we were the first to make it way back when we know how to do that, so we have a number of options here. We just need to let this play out. We need to get this technology on patients. We need them to explain how it has changed their lives and how beneficial it is. And we need to be pleased with where we are and not get too crazy. I don’t think that’s over time going to be a factor.”