Friday, December 10, 2021

Very Brief Blog: Abbott Highlights Lack of Racial Equity in CGM Glucose Meter Usage; Meeting with OMB

On November 4, 2020, CMS issued a proposed rule change for DME, HCPCS coding, and benefit category determinations - 85 FR 70358ff, here.  The rule is not finaled, and groups may meet with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) about the rule.  See OMB page here, meeting page here (aka Executive Order/EO-12866 page).  This shows a meeting with Abbott and OMB on 11/19, with Medtronic and OMB on 11/23.  The decks are here and here, respectively.

The Abbott deck includes a slide that shows a marked disparity between white population states and black population states in the utilization of CGM per 100 individuals with diabetes.  This rate ranged from 160/1000 for states with the highest white population, and down to 20/1000 for states with the highest black population, close to a ten-fold difference.

Separately, see a very powerful recent story in the LA Times about the impact of diabetes and amputations in minority communities - here.  By journalist Joe Mozingo and photographer Francine Orr.

For the Abbott slide, click to enlarge: