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Trouble in Reimbursement City

We’ve been asking the question, “How soon will insurance providers start covering continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices?”  But it seems the more accurate inquiry would be, “Why won’t insurance providers ‘reimburse’ for CGM devices any time soon?”
There are some serious barriers in the way, as I’ve experienced personally in the last few weeks, submitting multiple claims for my DexCom supplies — and receiving rejection after complicated rejection.  Each “Explanation of Benefits” form from Blue…

Turkey Day Post

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, another major food-fest, which is particularly difficult for us PWDs, I know. But I love the slow four-day weekend, the once-a-year chance to eat sweet potatoes AND cranberries in one meal, and the fall colors. I love the fact that we unpack our old home movies and spend most of the weekend lying on the floor watching hours of my older children as babies crawling around and babbling into the camera. “I…

Stem Cell Hero

Bob Klein is a San Francisco lawyer and housing developer whose teenage son has Type 1 diabetes. This man is giving his all for the cause of furthering stem cell research. He’s profiled in today’s SF Chronicle. It sounds like advocacy has essentially taken over his life: “He admits that his obsession with stem cells leaves scant time for home life these days, but insists the sacrifice will pay off if stem cell research can…

“The Cure” for Type 1, Perhaps

Wow! There’s a lot of buzz right now about the British man who was “cured” of Type 1 diabetes with islet cells from donor pancreases transplanted into his liver. He’s apparently producing his own insulin and is entirely free from hypoglycemia.

This looks to be the first completely successful islet cell transplantation. Previous patients escaped from hypoglycemia but continued to require insulin in small doses.

Perfecting a procedure known as the the “Edmonton Protocol,” doctors…