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Re: [IP] CGMS Question

Hi Sherry,

I wore a CGMS a few months ago and will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.  But in response to the below, there was no charge when I wore the CGMS.  It was all done through my pump rep in conjunction with my CDE's office and they didn't even mention any charges nor did it occur to me to ask.  (My CDE's office does not own the CGMSs they loan to patients - Minimed does.) My Minimed pump rep was OUTSTANDING and wonderful to work with.

If I were you, I would contact your pump rep.  My rep's justification was that a CGMS would allow me to program my pump to a more accurate level thereby resulting in an overall better/happier experience with my pump thereby ensuring that I would remain a Minimed customer.  Make sense?  You might reiterate that to your rep if he/she doesn't follow the same thought pattern.

Hope that helps,



Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2002 12:51:03 -0500 
From: Sherry Nolan <email @ redacted> 
Subject: [IP] CGMS Question to those who have used it, or those going to use it 

At my appointment today with my CDE I brought up the CGMS and asked if they 
had access to one. Apparently the office has had many discussions about it 
and had a couple of patients try it. However, it is apparently very 
expensive and the office couldn't afford to purchase one. So they arranged 
for the patients to 'rent' one through Minimed. I guess that MiniMed came 
into the office and convinced them to help them test it out, they got some 
patients involved, and then Minimed proceeded to bill their insurance 
companies for it. Apparently it was pretty expensive and the general 
consensus was that the patients could have tested more often to get similar 
results without the cost. 

1) I was unaware that there was a 'cost' to using it for a few days. But 
maybe that is because others are testing it through a doctor's office that 
owns one? 

2) For those who have had to pay, how much did it cost? 

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