I've got a "dead" receiver and a new one costs $519. I am looking to buy a receiver for cheap ... If you are looking to get anything for yours, maybe we could do business! I got my pump from my father - he tried it and hated it and then heard I was going to buy one so offered me his. I ran it through my endo and told the rep I was going to be obtaining my father's pump. Once Medicare found out he didn't SELL it, there was no issue (insurance fraud). I'm going to spend about 10 days looking for a used one to buy, but if I can't buy one used, I'll buy new in April (sadly). My receiver fell in the bathtub
:( Boo! LTK if you want to sell ... I wouldn't pay more than $50 so if that's not enough for you, I understand.
Since when does Medicare cover CGMs? Does anyone know something that I don't?
I use a Dexcom CGM and an Animas Ping pump. I'm sure that someone in the Minimed group would have the information that you're requesting on Minimed.
Medicare doesn't cover any CGMs, whether they be Minimed or Dexcom. From what I've read on this group and in other places, the only Medicare Advantage Plan that covers CGMs is one run by the Ford Motor Company for their retirees. My Medicare Supplement plan only covers devices approved by Medicare.
The last time I checked, Dexcom (877-339-2664) was selling a pack of 4 sensors for $280, if you agree to buy a total of 6 packs or more over the course of a year. Since the Dexcom sensors can generally be used for 14 days or longer, you can probably get away with 6 packs ($1680) a year. I don't understand Medicare's reluctance to cover CGMs. I wish there was a way we could force them to review their coverage of this vital equipment.
CGMs are not a toy. They are a necessity.
I check my BG 10 times a day and I would still be afraid to drive were it not for my CGM. I am fairly active. I run 3 miles every 2nd day. I bicycle close to 11 miles on the days I don't run. I am an avid skier. Doing these activities without the benefit of a CGM could be suicidal.
I originally got my Dexcom 24 months ago after breaking my ankle in a fall while I was preparing breakfast. My BG dropped over 100 points in under 35 minutes causing a hypoglycemic reaction. Since I've been on the Dexcom, I have received warnings many times when my BG was falling. For Medicare to state a CGM is not an absolute necessity for insulin dependent diabetics, especially among people who have lost the ability to detect low BG levels is an absurdity. How much is Medicare paying out for doctor's visits and hospitalizations caused by hypoglycemic reactions? I'm sure it's a lot more than what they would pay to cover CGMs.