Ah yes, this is the Kaiser I know and love. Really, Kaiser is great for healthy people. As soon as you have a problem it's a nightmare. I finally "cured" my chronic foot problem myself, I stopped seeing the podiatrist every two weeks, my toes had a chance to heal (he was always cutting on calluses) and now they're fine. It's easy to get appointments, I like not getting bills for every little thing, but nothing ever gets accomplished without an Herculean effort on the patient's part.
I attend walnut creek kaiser as well, they are being very hard on me and pretty much told me I should even try. I don't understand how it was so easy for you to get it but its so hard for me, they say kids get them easier, who is your doctor in walnut creek? maybe I can speak to him/her.
To get CGM document you BG, the hypo unawareness and make sure you can demonstrate to them, Kaiser, that you monitor BG regularly and often and have a A1c 7 or below. You best chance at Kaiser is to have a CDE on your side.
Three years ago Kaiser San Diego was involve in a clinical study that identified which T1Ds have the best improvement in A1C after using the CGM. The study was done in four sites and showed that those T1Ds who tested regularly and had A1c's below 7.1 had the biggest improvement in A1c's when using CGMs.
The trick at KP is to be persistent and work with a CDE. Documenting daily logs w/BGs, Activity, Food and insulin helps also.
just out of curiousity if you already had an A1C around 7, how would a Dexcom be a significant help? As opposed to say you had an A1C of 10 or 12, used a Dexcom and then brought it down to 7 or 8. Wouldn't the 2nd scenario be a greater improvement? It sounds like Kaiser's logic is a bit backwards....By the way I am a current Dexcom user, just recently picked up Kaiser coverage and they refuse to even talk about covering Dexcom sensors period.
I was actually wondering about this one too; I don't have the best control right now, but I'm frustrated that I'm not better able to see patterns in my blood sugar, and I feel like I'm always chasing after numbers. My thought process that getting a CGMS would help me get back on track.