UnitedHealthcare unveils new diabetes management initiative


UnitedHealthcare unveils new diabetes management initiative

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UnitedHealthcare has partnered with DexCom for a glucose management pilot program, driven by wearable technology, to help its Medicare Advantage members manage Type 2 diabetes.

The program is part of UnitedHealthcare’s focus on personalization through digital health technology and improved care coordination. It was launched this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the annual technology convention in Las Vegas.

“With more than 27 million people nationwide living with Type 2 diabetes there is urgent need to address this epidemic in new ways,” said Brian Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare medicare & retirement. “Continuous glucose monitoring can be a game changer for people enrolled in our Medicare Advantage plans, as the data can be translated into personalized information that can be acted upon in real time.”

The Dexcom Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System helps track blood glucose levels 24/7, enabling a better management of type 2 diabetes. As part of this initiative, UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage plan participants will also get personalized diabetes coaching and an activity tracker to help them understand and act upon the data gathered by the CGM device.

Steve Pacelli, Dexcom’s executive vice president of strategy and corporate development, said: “Dexcom is thrilled to work with UnitedHealthcare to bring this program to people living with diabetes. The insights that CGM and this program provide can drive significant value to both patients and care providers in helping to better manage diabetes.”

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