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Eversense Bridge Program

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#1

Eversense started a “Bridge Program” today (March 1) for self funders. I have not found it on the Senseonics web site yet however Advanced Diabetes Supply is aware of it and can process the discount and ship the supplies to your doctor’s office. The Bridge Program provides the initial sensor and transmitter for $99 and one additional sensor after 3 months at $99 (plus your doctor visit to insert each sensor is a separate charge estimated at $200 each). So the Bridge Program looks semi-affordable for 6 months of Eversense use.

Using this discount I am on track to start the Eversense sometime this month. My three main reasons (more like hopes) to look forward to temporarily switching from Dexcom G5 to Eversense are: (1) The transmitter will alert without carrying a phone or receiver. This will help me out a lot when I play ice hockey, bike or hike, driving, etc. when I am not paying attention to my phone, and (2) I have had three G5 sensors lately that did not last as long as desired. One quit early and was replaced by Dexcom, the other two only lasted 7 to 9 days. My whole CGM affordability plan is based on getting at least two weeks out of each sensor. Considering my co pay for one G5 sensor a week this Eversense will actually cost me a little less than Dexcom use. And (3) I like trying new things! Will endeavor to keep everybody posted…


#2

John, this is pretty good pricing. What happens after 6 months? Do you go to normal pricing? If so, what is normal pricing?


#3

I agree this intro pricing is good. After 6 months the intro prices are no longer available. The list prices after that are high…I filed them away in the “too expensive to self fund” side of my brain. Back in September Byram told me my 20% co pay would be $255 per sensor and $150 per transmitter. However my insurer does not cover Eversense.


#4

This sounds good. Think I might try them myself. Mabey buy the time the 6 months is up insurance will cover.


#5

This “Bridge” program was discussed more on a conference call today.

Senseonics is picking up cost where insurance does not. They are considering this an investment to pick up a larger customer base. The company will pick up the cost where the insurance company is refusing coverage. The company will then prepare and submit appeals and try to get the coverage decision reversed. If reversed then the company gets paid and presumably the end-user gets coverage when time for a new sensor.

Sounds like a reasonable program if somebody is interested in trying out this technology.

Also sounds like the “Bridge” program will be rolled out over the next few weeks - a bit vague as to timing but sounded like maybe the “Bridge” program will be completely in place prior to the start of April? (but timing is a bit of a guess)


#6

Thanks for posting the follow-up goals after the initial 2 sensors! Something to look forward to…,

I am making progress with the Bridge program and (unless there are snafus) scheduled for inserting sensor #1 on March 20. My Dexcom G5 transmitter hits 90 days on March 19 so I am hopeful I can wear both the Dexcom and Eversense for 2+ weeks at the start.

So far the only snafu I am aware of was a switch from Advanced Diabetes Supply to Solara Medical Supplies to process the Eversense order. Still tracking down the status of that order with fingers crossed.


#7

Remember that the G5 transmitter should last a total of 112 days. You basically get an extra 3 week grace period.

That would be ideal to be able to compare them both !!!

Good Luck and I look forward to hearing how it goes.


#8

I am joining @Thomas in wishing you good luck! I can’t wait to read about the results.