Tuesday, October 7, 2008

An appointment with my endocrinologist

I recently had an appointment with my endocrinologist at the Barbara Davis Center. Here are, roughly, the results of my appointment:

1. My A1c dropped a little, to 7.1. It's still not as good as I'd like it, but it's significantly better than it was over the summer: In June it was 7.4, and in July, just before I started the study on continuous glucose monitors, it was 7.5.

2. My health insurance company has still not responded to our appeal. About a month and a half ago, my doctor's office sent an appeal to try to get my insurance company to cover the sensors for my CGM. (I got to keep one at the end of the study; more on that later.) They apparently are taking the approach of ignoring me and thereby stalling my efforts to get them to pay for something.

I'll blog about my experiences with the CGMs soon. For now, suffice it to say that if it's this hard for a diabetic to get a potentially life-saving device covered by insurance, than YES, we need some serious health insurance reform!

2 comments:

Bernard said...

More companies are covering CGMs. Which one are you with? Have you looked at the recent JDRF-sponsored study on CGMs, that seems to be a big argument in favor of CGM usage.

Best of luck on your appeal.

Katharine Swan said...

Bernard,

Thanks for your comment. I haven't looked at that study, but I am collecting study results in favor of CGMs, so I will definitely add the JDRF-sponsored one to my list!

I have Great West health insurance, and according to my doctor they are notoriously bad about these kinds of things. It probably doesn't help either that my CGM happens to be the newest one on the market, the Freestyle Navigator.

Thanks again for visiting!