Provider Alert! Therapeutic Continuous Glucose Monitors Become Benefit of Texas Medicaid

Provider Alert!

Provider Alert! Therapeutic Continuous Glucose Monitors Become Benefit of Texas Medicaid

Attention: Primary Care Providers and Endocrinologists 

Effective Date: April 1, 2020

Call to action: Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) supports Texas Medicaid Health Partnership’s (TMHP) decision to include therapeutic continuous glucose monitors (CGM) as a benefit for Texas Medicaid recipients.  A therapeutic CGM device requires prior authorization and is used as a replacement for self-blood glucose monitoring (SBGM).
Members who have Type I or Type II diabetes may be considered for therapeutic CGM. All of the following medical necessity criteria must be met.

  • The member has been using a SBGM and performing frequent (at least four times per day) testing.
  • Insulin injections are utilized three or more times per day or is on an insulin pump.
  • The member’s insulin treatment regimen requires frequent adjustment due to SBGM or CGM testing results.
  • The member is able, or has a caregiver who is able, to learn to use the device, hear and view CGM alerts and respond appropriately.
  • A member with hypoglycemia unawareness or several episodes of hypoglycemia per day may also qualify for therapeutic CGM if the above criteria are not met.

How this impacts providers:

  • The initial order from a provider who is managing the member’s diabetes is valid for a six (6) month period.
  • If a member demonstrates compliance with the use of the CGM and treatment plan, an additional six (6) month order may be submitted.
  • After the first year, an order for replacement sensors, transmitter, and receiver (following frequency rules) may be submitted for a twelve (12) month period.
  • The therapeutic CGM device billing code is K0554 and limited to one device per three years.
  • When a therapeutic CGM device is approved, the related supplies (procedure code K0553) are also covered at once per calendar month.

Next steps for providers: The provider notice is available on the TMHP website. Providers should ensure staff are aware of this guidance. The TCHP guideline for therapeutic Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) is available here.

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