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In the United States today, an estimated 30.3 million people — about 9.4 percent of the total population — has diabetes. Patients with diabetes have to monitor their blood glucose levels regularly in order to make key health decisions related to diet and insulin dosage. The traditional way for patients with diabetes to test their blood sugar is with a finger stick. However, as technology has advanced, medical device providers have developed an alternative: continuous glucose monitors (CGMs), which can be used for glucose monitoring by patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These devices have recently been added to the HCPCS code set. Due to the growing prevalence of diabetes, it is important for billing specialists to be aware of the change.
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